About Port Blakely Communities
Focusing on the principles of smart growth
A legacy division of Port Blakely Companies, Port Blakely Communities created a new approach to development that became an international model for successful, sustainable growth. In the early 1990s, Port Blakely Communities embarked on a 20-year journey to transform the way communities develop land. Working together with experts, civic leaders and government agencies, Port Blakely created a master plan for an urban village that emphasized the principles of New Urbanism: walkability, sustainability, economic vitality, and community-building. That village is the award-winning Issaquah Highlands.
Home to more than 9,000 residents and still growing, Issaquah Highlands is praised for its sense of community life and environmentally-sensitive design. The 4,400-home urban village located in Issaquah, Washington includes 1,500 acres of permanent open space; more than 900 units of affordable housing; the Grand Ridge Plaza shopping and entertainment center; the Swedish/Issaquah hospital and healthcare campus; several schools; countless recreation opportunities; a regional transit center; and more than 20 parks and sports fields. It is also the site of the future Bellevue College East campus.