High Point

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Project Facts

  • High Point’s 1940’s WWII industry housing was redeveloped into a model for sustainable affordable housing community. Forty-five percent of the 1,600 new housing units are affordable, low-income rentals.
  • High Point includes one of the first “complete streets” in Seattle. Complete streets provide equal access for pedestrians, bikes, cars, and transit.
  • High Point includes a large central commons park, pocket parks, medical and dental clinic, a neighborhood center, library, a market garden, p-patches, art installations, and integrated open space.
  • All 34 blocks of the High Point community integrate a natural drainage system, one of the earliest examples of large urban sustainable stormwater management system in the U.S. 
  • Various types of porous surfaces make up a significant portion of the public and private sidewalks and private parking spaces. High Point also features Washington’s first pervious concrete street in the public right of way.
  • Allergen-free landscape guidelines for Breathe-Easy™ Homes helped reduce asthma, bringing the emergency room visit rate down 67 percent.
  • During the redevelopment, more than 3,000 new trees were planted; 107 mature trees — valued at $1.5 million — were saved.
  • Seattle’s Green Living Expo 2006 was hosted by High Point.


  • Urban
  • Re-development Plan
  • Housing Community
  • Affordable Housing
  • Mixed-use
  • Creek
  • Pond

Environmental Benefits

  • Captures Water
  • Cleans Water
  • Conserves Water
  • Ecologically Manages Stormwater
  • Improves Walkability
  • Preserves Plants
  • Protects Water Supply
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • Reintroduces Native Plants