Homebuilder announces plan to add 70 townhouses in highlands

January 26, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 26, 2011

Homebuilder Pulte Homes has purchased land to build 70 townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands, the company announced Tuesday.

The planned neighborhood, called Sunset Walk, is located adjacent to Sunset Park and near planned retail offerings. The project is Pulte Homes’ first foray in Issaquah.

The homebuilder purchased the land from highlands master developer Port Blakely Communities in late December.

“We have been looking for the right location and time to expand locally, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to do so,” Pulte Homes Division President for the Pacific Northwest John Ochsner said in a release.

Plans call for Sunset Walk to feature five two- and three-story townhouse floor plans ranging from 1,460 to 2,054 square feet.

Pulte Homes plans to build the homes to 4-Star Built Green and Energy Star-certified standards. Built Green is a nonprofit offshoot of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

The homebuilder plans to start sales on the units in the fall.

The company cited opportunities for outdoor recreation and proximity to major employers as reasons for building in the highlands.

“Issaquah Highlands is one of the most sought-after places to live in the area and our new neighborhood is ideally situated in this beautiful community,” Frank Anderson, Pulte Homes’ local director of land acquisition, said in the release. “The neighborhood is adjacent to parks, trails and shops, but also has easy access to job centers in Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond.”

The project is the latest to take root in the highlands. The construction of a Swedish Medical Center campus and YWCA residential units in the neighborhood could lure other builders and businesses to the area, but residents often grumble about a lack of retail options in the community. Construction on a proposed cinema and grocery store has failed to materialize.

Pulte Homes has built communities in 26 states and Washington, D.C.

“We welcome Pulte Homes to Issaquah Highlands and thank them for recognizing this vibrant community is both a great community and a great investment,” Port Blakely Communities President René Ancinas said. “As one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, Pulte Homes joins a lineup of several best-in-class newcomers who are part of a next phase of commercial, retail and residential development that will both enhance Issaquah Highlands and generate a positive impact on the region’s economy.”

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  2. Anonymous on January 26th, 2011 7:38 pm

    can we get a gas station too please? maybe a grocery store???

  3. bryan on January 27th, 2011 3:50 pm

    Where is the grocery store in the Highlands? When is it coming? Nothing but homes up there and parks and schools and hospitals and boutiques – everything that we need except a grocery store. Who planned this?

  4. tadeer on May 12th, 2011 9:48 pm

    Why do you need grocery stores and gas station there? The traffic will be horrible…..There are plenty of stores in Sammamish and other areas of Issaquah just 5 minute drive from the Highlands. I vote for a community center with a big size swimming pool – something healthy to do on a rainy day.

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