High Point, like NewHolly, was originally constructed during World War II as a housing project and then completely redeveloped by the Seattle Housing Authority in the early 2000's. The streets and infrastructure were removed, along with all the housing, and a new nabe was plopped down in the old's place. While still not complete, the new High Point is a sustainable wonderland, with streets and houses constructed to the highest “green” standards. Housing varies greatly in size, but all of it is constructed to the same high sustainable criteria. This is truly a new-age nabe, a sign of things to come, and a lovely place to call home.
High Point, Seattle Data : Neighborhoods & Travel – Score out of 100
High Point, Seattle Reviews
Areas like these remind me of growing up with a father in the military. Everywhere we lived seemed to resemble something like High Point, and the fact that it is adjacent to a huge cemetery doesn’t help too much either. High point is comprised of two and three story track homes, with play fields and parks every so often. Lots of neighbors walking with strollers or animals, and friendly “Hello”s are exchanged frequently. As for me, I’d rather live somewhere where I actually know my neighbors, instead of simply being around them all the time.
A successful experiment in urban sustainability.
I am all for sustainable building, and the green push, so I am very excited about where this nabe will go. High Point is designed around being the next wave of sustainable communities and they have succeeded for the most part. This mixed income nabe has housing for singles, for small families, big families, and even seniors. It is immaculately well kept and the parks are gorgeous, but everything is super sterile. It feels almost as if big brother stepped in and said ‘you shall live here’ and created a utopia out of the ruins of public housing. It is nice, but I like brick and character, something this nabe is lacking severely.
you could live in Disney Land, minus the rides
This nabe is brand spanking new, and it feels wrapped in plastic still. Everything is shiny and clean, the houses don’t leak, the streets aren’t cracked, and nothing feels lived in. This is great, if this is your thing, but if it’s not, you will likely find this nabe repulsive and alienating. This is a great place to raise kids though, as there is an abundance of community oriented services and parks. I appreciate the colors they painted everything in an effort to spruce up the nabe, but it still doesn’t quite work for me and comes off feeling creepy and bubbly, kind of like Disney Land.
The effort that has been put into High Point to make it a model of sustainable building and communities is truly stunning, and I applaud them for it. I just wish it had a bit more character to it.