Percentage of city: 8 percent
Under 18: 2,159 (23 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 3,728
The Newport area includes two distinct communities – the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405 and the Newport Shores district lying along the Lake Washington Shore, west of I-405.
The Newport Shores neighborhood is built around a series of man-made inlets, with homes oriented toward the waterfront, boating and lake activities.
Newport Hills, covering a plateau between Coal Creek and Lake Washington, was nearly fully developed when the city annexed it in 1992. The Lake Heights and Newport Hills neighborhoods are cohesive communities, featuring a wide variety of housing types. Both neighborhoods enjoy a strong sense of community, and both are represented by long-standing, active neighborhood associations.
Newport Hills' single-family and multifamily neighborhoods are generally oriented toward the retail center on 119th Avenue Southeast. On the west, Newport Hills is separated from I-405 by steep ravines and tree-covered hills. To the east, the neighborhood is bordered by the 146-acre Coal Creek Natural Area.
Once a secluded area of woods and wetlands, Newport was either a home or migratory corridor for an abundance of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, mountain beavers, raccoons, possums, squirrels, red-tail hawks and eagles. The Coal Creek and Newport Hills waterways once supported runs of salmon and steelhead, but urban development and past coal mining in the area have reduced the streams’ ability to sustain fish populations.
Newport Hills Shopping Center
Newport Hills Community Park
Coal Creek Natural Area
Former Ringdall Middle School
Newcastle Beach Park
Newport Hills Community Park
Newport Heights Elementary School
• Lake Heights – Uphill from the Coal Creek intersection with I-405, Lake Heights offers Lake Washington views and proximity to the woods and trails of Coal Creek Natural Area. This was one of the first neighborhoods in the region to be built with underground utilities.
• Greenwich Crest – Just east of Newport Shores, sandwiched between I-405 and Lake Washington Boulevard.
• Newport Shores – In this unique lakefront neighborhood, many homes are built along a series of manmade inlets.
• Newport Hills – Continguous to and south of Lake Heights, this neighborhood covers the majority of “the hill.”
• Other neighborhoods include: Kimberlee Park, a planned development with abundant open space; Pembrook Meadow, a private condominium community; and the newer developments of Densmore and Delmar Woods.
• Annual Newport Hills Community Picnic – traditionally July 4
• Annual Newport Hills Holiday event
• Annual Newport Hills Egg Hunt
• In 2009, residents partnered with the city to complete a “neighborhood identity” project, marking six key entries with new signs and landscaping.
• Residents are in discussions with the city, consultants and property owners on ways to revive the neighborhood’s retail center.