A House with a Pedigree
THE HIGHLANDS | SEATTLE
THE HIGHLANDS | SEATTLE
Once in an era, a truly iconic residence becomes available that can be said to have set the standard in its time and to have continued to do so throughout its existence. Houses of this stature are multi-faceted works of art, beginning with the inspiration that coalesces between client and architect, made whole through the craftsmanship and artistry that it takes to create them, and culminating in the unequalled atmosphere and presence that can only evolve through generations of passionate and dedicated stewardship. Such a home exists in The Highlands, one of the world’s most beautiful and rarified enclaves, situated on a bluff above Puget Sound.
Designed by Elizabeth Ayer and constructed between 1927 and 1928 for railway heir Langdon C. Henry, the estate at 166 Boundary Lane is considered one of the grande dames of The Highlands. It comprises 8 bedrooms and 8 baths, artfully arranged throughout over 11,000 square feet of opulent living space, and it occupies over 4 acres of exquisitely integrated formal gardens set amidst unspoiled old-growth forest.
4+ Acres of Formal Gardens
8 Bedrooms / 8 Bathrooms / 11,000+ Square Feet
In 1907 the famed Olmsted Brothers cut the ribbon on one of their most ambitious design projects to date, a community of homes meant to be as integrated with their natural woodland surroundings as the residents were with each other. The Highlands has 102 beautiful private residences with lot sizes ranging from 0.9 acres to 9.8 acres. Homes date from 1907 to 2007, and many have been substantially remodeled and updated.
The Highlands shares a border with Seattle and Shoreline and lies within close proximity of the charming waterside town of Edmonds. It is an independent community with its own roads, sewage and water systems and community maintenance with Seattle underground utilities providing gas and electricity. The neighborhood is a 15-20 minute commute to downtown Seattle, via interstate, state highway and numerous surface thoroughfares.
A private drive winds through groomed lawns and forest to arrive at a formal pond with a fountain in front of the magnificent main house. A stunning example of the refined Colonial revivalism for which Ayer is known, 166 Boundary Lane presents a perfectly symmetrical façade that hugs its ground and announces its majesty without pretense. Rows of shuttered double hung windows define two stories on either side of the center entry, while matched, hipped wings complete the house’s outer extremities and allow it to gently wrap around its circular drive.