Construction progresses on highlands townhouses

July 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Homebuilder Pulte Homes has started construction on the $20 million Sunset Walk project in the Issaquah Highlands.

Plans call for Sunset Walk to feature 70 two- and three-story townhouses ranging from 1,460 square feet to 2,055 square feet. Sunset Park is located near the neighborhood.

Groundwork on the 5.86-acre project started in early June. The developer estimates model homes could be ready for tours as early as January.

“Issaquah Highlands is one of the most sought-after places to live in the area, one of the last true master-planned communities, and Pulte Homes is thrilled to become part of it,” Frank Anderson, Pulte Homes vice president of land acquisition, said in a news release. “Adjacent to a beautiful park, in a diverse and thriving community, with great schools, and close to high quality employment — this neighborhood is a terrific fit for people looking for a great new home community in the Northwest.”

The project is employing more than 100 workers during construction.

René Ancinas, president of highlands developer Port Blakely Communities, praised the Pulte Homes development.

“In Sunset Walk, Pulte Homes has secured one of the most picturesque settings in Issaquah Highlands,” he said in a news release. “Sunset Walk offers easy walking distance to parks, shops, workplaces and amenities, as well as convenient access to public transportation. We welcome Pulte Homes to Issaquah Highlands during this summer of community milestones, including the grand openings of the new Swedish/Issaquah medical campus and YWCA Family Village at Issaquah.”

The neighborhood is indeed in the midst of a construction boomlet.

The long-planned Swedish Medical Center campus is preparing to open next month. Meanwhile, construction continues on a $30 million apartment complex, a YWCA residential complex and the zHome eco-conscious townhouses.

Residents could start settling in the YWCA residences in the weeks ahead, and zHome is scheduled to open in September.

Construction also started late last month on Northeast College Drive. The road is meant to serve as access to a Bellevue College campus planned for the highlands.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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