History of Redmond Ridge
At the turn of the century, the Weyerhaeuser Company purchased 1500 acres of timberland known as Novelty Hill near the little town of Redmond, Washington. Getting to Redmond from Seattle required a tough journey around or across Lake Washington and over crude roads on steep hills. Little wonder that only wealthy Seattle summer visitors and hardy pioneers made the Redmond area home.
The subsequent logging of the Weyerhaeuser land helped fuel the growth of Redmond by providing both jobs and lumber. Today, the lumbering is over but the growth continues. What once was a rough and tumble town of lumberjacks, saloons, and nearby farms has become a sophisticated city. The once arduous journeys made from Redmond are now made over modern highways. The pioneers are still here; forward looking people with energy and creativity. Only now, instead of felling trees, Redmond’s modern-day pioneers manage software technology or provide services such as health care.
The Redmond story is far from over. The old Novelty Hill timberland is once again helping the Redmond area move forward, this time in the form of Redmond Ridge.
Redmond Ridge successfully merges three distinct variables: nature, architecture, and people. Over half of the 1000 acres that make up Redmond Ridge have been preserved as forest and parks, allowing for endless recreation and educational opportunities for homeowners. Following the lead of our National Parks, nature is evident in the design of community features and amenities. Using natural materials (many recycled from the land), Redmond Ridge streetscapes and amenities use rough dimensional lumber, native plants, nurse logs, stones and boulders. Homes at Redmond Ridge vary in size, elevation, and detail. The one commonality is that Redmond Ridge homes are built to enhance their neighborhoods and facilitate pedestrian traffic. The end vision of Redmond Ridge was to embrace this place that people call “home” with a real sense of pride.
Key community amenities include an extensive trail system, connecting neighborhoods, Marketplace, the Business Park, and regional off-site trails. These trails meander throughout the protected forests and wetlands that cover 60% of Redmond Ridge. Whether a homeowner jogs, rides their bicycle, or prefers a quiet stroll among the trees, the Redmond Ridge trail system is only a few steps from their homes. Redmond Ridge includes a 10-acre King County Baseball field, neighborhood parks and children’s play structures, and two unique “circle” parks that even include outdoor fire pits, perfect for evening neighborhood gatherings. Redmond Ridge’s Community Center is located at Cedar Park, located on the western border of the community. This amenity provides a convenient gathering hall for events of all sizes.
Redmond Ridge is located in the Lake Washington School District, which has been consistently ranked as one of Washington’s premier school districts. The Lake Washington School District opened Rosa Park Elementary in the Fall of 2006.
This is a community for people to live, work, play, learn and shop.
- Developer- Quadrant Homes
- Other Builders Involved in the Project- Cam West, Carino, Murray Franklin, Centex, Mosaic
- Broke Ground- 1999
- Reach Buildout- Summer 2006
- Number of Units- 1228 (this number includes the sub-communities)
What is a Master Planned Community?
A Master Planned Community is a community that is made up of multiple entities. Different types of Master Plans can be multiple associations that are governed by one master or multiple types of development under one association. Redmond Ridge is the second, multiple types of development governed by a master set of documents. Within Redmond Ridge we have Single Family Homes, Condominiums, Townhomes, Retail, Apartments, and a Business Park.