Monday, October 2, 2017

The development of North Redmond -- Before and After


"The Curry's use to own most of that side of the street back in the day. I use to buy hay from Mr Curry in the early 90's, and graduated from Redmond High, with one of his son's in 1970. 116th from Redmond Woodinville Road to Avondale was a pleasure to drive on admiring the farms". - Constance


"Hawk"s Glen" a Quadrant development on 116hth -- 27 lots --  Million dollar homes are likely here.  At least 4 large residential developments are currently under construction along 116th / No. Redmond.  No significant developable land remains.   (Click to enlarge the photo.) 

B. Yoder
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Bob Yoder said...

The Growth Management Act requires development to stay withing the urban growth boundary.

Yet still, all is not all is lost. Parkland is set aside and we have a growing network of beautiful forested trails. And the trees you see here, and a Class 2 wetland, will be saved for perpetuity owing to our Critical Area Ordinance and a native growth protective easement. Also, a culvert was installed at the site to give salmon a chance to migrate.

Unknown said...

I have only been bere two years but that one broke my heart.

Aben Sethi said...

I think it's great! We need more space to build homes. There's a huge demand with all the people moving to our area! Last year alone we had over 70,000 people move to our area and many of them are looking to buy homes on the Eastside. It's too bad that we don't have enough land to build more new communities. Not to mention, avg. home prices wouldn't be so high in our area, if we didn't have the shortage in supply FB

Janet Lennon-Jones said...

I hope you're joking. The growth in Redmond has been happening way too fast and our infrastructure is woefully behind. Our roads are swamped, public transportation is insufficient, our schools are ridiculously over crowded, and I don't even know all the woes of the power grid, sewers, and other utilities. Many of us moved here long ago when this town was pretty, and green, with lots of open spaces, natural beauty, and wildlife. That is all getting paved over, covered with McMansions, and filled more humans than this area can sustain. Growth is not always good. We are blindly invigorating an unsustainable model.

Janet Lennon-Jones said...

Janet Lennon-Jones
Proper pacing. I know growth is going to happen. My point is that we are destroying the natural beauty of Redmond at an outrageous pace and for what? More cookie-cutter houses that people like Aben (a real estate agent - surprise!) can make money selling? While the town bursts at the seams and can't handle all the people? It was bad enough a few years ago when the "let's build condos for single people and childless couples" backfired as those condos were filled with families who had school-age children. So now we're destroying every last open space (which are what make Redmond so attractive in the first place) so that we can call ourselves a city. Without considering the fact that what makes Redmond a nice place to live is that it's a TOWN.

Aben Sethi
Yes I'm a Real estate agent and I make money helping my clients sell and buy their homes. I moved to Redmond in 1998 and since then I have seen all of the Eastside change dramatically. However, I believe it's part of growth. Sure traffic and infrastructure is a concern, but the city is working on fixing it. There's no possible way the city could've predicted the influx of people moving to our area in last 4 years or so. There's a tradeoff, we love having Microsoft and Amazon in our backyard. Well that helps attract more people to our area and they need to buy homes and put their kids in schools. i'm not advocating that we should replace all the natural beauty of our city with huge mansions. In fact, I would like the home prices to Stabilize, so more of my clients can afford to purchase. However, if you look at Redmond way you've probably noticed all the old small stores are now gone and you have beautiful apartment buildings, nice shops, eateries, parks, and clean walkways.

Michael Gutierrez said...

I live right by the lot pictured in this post and my wife and I would stop there when we would walk our dogs and glance at the beautiful field and would imagine how beautiful redmond was. It was like looking into a time capsule it was beautiful and now gone. I told her before it went on sale that toll brothers or some developers are going to buy it and ruin it , I would always joke that someday I was going to send the family of the home a letter not to sell to the property to a developer and to sell to me so I could sustain the natural beauty. Never did. That's why now monroe or snohomish even puyallup seem like what Redmond use to be. FB

L. Moore said...

We loved the small town feel of Redmond when we moved here in the mid-seventies. Frankly, those small, independent businesses were part of the appeal. There is nothing at all appealing about looking at apartment building after apartment building and hotels....nothing appealing about trying to get around town or out of town in this traffic. We still love living in Redmond but building more homes and apartments and increasing our population is destroying what we have here. No one wants that. We need to curb population growth and protect the integrity of the town we love!!!

Anonymous said...

Aben, I don't know where you are from, but if you think all those apartment buildings in Redmond are beautiful, you scare me! I have lived here since the mid 70's and although it felt like the sidewalks were rolled up in the evenings, Redmond was a beautiful town back then and remained that way for many years. Now it is like any other big city with increasing crime and homelessness because of it's rapid growth; not to mention the regular occurrence of bears and coyotes in neighborhoods because we have destroyed their natural habitat. It disheartens me that you think we need to build more houses in Redmond so that you can fill your pockets with commissions.

Anonymous said...

What an utter shame! Up go the million dollar McMansions that people who actually live in Redmond can’t afford. What about those who live here, work at Microsoft but ARE NOT millionaires? Where are these peoples homes? I don’t want to live in a $500k townhouse with no yard. I don’t want someone living over or under me. If I did I would rent an apartment. I don’t want to buy a house 2-3 towns away, like Monroe or Duvall. I want to live where I work and shop. Where are my homes?