Grand Ridge: An Architect’s Perspective

Architecture by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl
Our architects provide custom home design services for the Grand Ridge region.

Welcome to Grand Ridge

Grand Ridge is an ideal location to build a home in the Pacific Northwest. Situated in the Issaquah Highlands and surrounded by rolling green hills, old Cascade forests, and scenic Lake Sammamish, the scenery of the area is unparalleled. With some of the highest median household incomes in the state, there’s no question as to why it has some of the highest property values in the country. Grand Ridge’s reputation as an exceptional community is well earned and we are honored to serve as Grand Ridge architects.

Grand Ridge Highlights

  • Top tier school system: Grand Ridge is located in the Issaquah School district which consistently ranks as one of the best in the country. It includes fifteen elementary schools, five middle schools, and four high schools dispersed throughout Issaquah, Sammamish, Renton, Bellevue, and Newcastle cities. Education is a high priority—the area boasts some of the highest rates of residents with an advanced degree in the nation.
  • Close to nature: For the professionals who call Grand Ridge home, the thirty-minute commute to Seattle is a welcome tradeoff for the breathtaking beauty of the area. Grand Ridge is a premiere destination for nature lovers and outdoor recreation seekers alike. With a reputation for safety, cleanliness, and friendliness, Grand Ridge is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Washington State.
  • Ample recreation: Grand Ridge Park is a landmark Northwest outdoor experience. With steep climbing and moderate hikes, groves of western red cedar trees, and the salmon-bearing Canyon Creek, daily encounters with wildlife in the beautiful, wooded areas is unavoidable. Lake Sammamish offers a year-round escape for anyone within a 20-mile radius and Snoqualmie Pass and other ski resorts are just a quick drive up the road. Horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking are a few examples of the widely available recreation options. Hiking up Tiger Mountain is a local favorite and, with views on a clear day stretching all the way to the Puget Sound, it’s obvious why.

Life in Grand Ridge

Outdoor living space designed by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl
As architects, we draw inspiration from the natural beauty that dominates the Grand Ridge area.

Preston and High Point are the premiere neighborhoods in Grand Ridge. Development of these highlands has been relatively recent and is an ongoing project and evidence of an influx of younger professionals seeking to embrace the best of Grand Ridge. Grand Ridge Plaza is a burgeoning city center with shopping, dining, and movie theaters that offer ample opportunity for social outings. It is not hard to imagine Grand Ridge outgrowing its designation as an area of Issaquah and becoming its very own city one day.

Surrounding Area

Grand Ridge is bordered by the Sammamish plateau to the north, the “Issaquah Alps” to the south, and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east. Within striking distance of the bustling tech hubs of Bellevue and Redmond, many professionals choose to settle in the area. The vineyards and wineries of Woodinville are just 20 minutes away and offer a delightful summer escape. Lake Sammamish offers year-round beauty and recreation to day trippers and permanent residents alike. Destination seeking and discovery are a common part of the Grand Ridge experience.

Just down the hill, Downtown Issaquah is a perfect mix of old with the new, filled with a mix of younger professionals new to the area and seasoned residents proud to call Grand Ridge home. Issaquah’s reputation of being a perfect blend of suburban/urban comes into view here. The Olde Town neighborhood, a prime example of this, pre-dates the suburban, car-oriented form of other parts of the city, thus adding to its tight-knit feel, small-town charm, and authenticity. Many of the shops, restaurants, and small businesses integral to the local economy are housed in original, turn of the century architecture.

Grand Ridge Architects Provide Home Design Suited to Your Tastes

This area was essential in the early days when pioneers were traveling from the Eastern Cascades to the Puget Sound. Grand Ridge architects often pay homage to this important piece of the location’s logging and timber history in many of their designs today, but they are by no means limited by it.

With so much space to develop, design, and build, Grand Ridge architecture inculcates the most the best of home design. As an area of highly concentrated affluence and wealth, Grand Ridge architects find themselves no shortage of inspiration from clients seeking to make their mark on the landscape. From tasteful modern architecture with infusions of traditional aesthetics to intentional incorporation of the wooded landscape, these neighborhoods offer an abundance of architectural beauty.

Custom home designers are always in high demand from residents seeking to establish a sense of home in these neighborhoods. Grand Ridge luxury architects have made their mark with spectacular homes from the shores of the lake to the highlands.

Featured Project: House in a Mountain Meadow

Interior design by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl
High, open ceilings and earthy tones abound in this Grand Ridge home.

Created as a breathtaking retreat from the chaos of the world, House in a Mountain Meadow embodies the beauty of its surroundings. The home mingles tall, open spaces with small, intimate rooms using a single, board-framed concrete wall to draw them together. Tucked into a hillside, this home captures panoramic alpine views while remaining virtually invisible in the broader landscape.

Outdoor living space designed by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl
Living areas open to thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces.

Modern finishes and a contemporary aesthetic make this view home livable and timeless. This masterpiece work by firm partners Curtis Gelotte and Eric Drivdahl demonstrates that there are truly no limits on creativity or desire in a Grand Ridge luxury architecture project.

Grand Ridge Architects for Your Home

As local Grand Ridge architects, we constantly pursue the art of architecture as the calling for our work.  The constantly evolving community of Grand Ridge provides us with an endless opportunity to answer this calling in original and dynamic ways. We delight in the process of merging the preferences and imaginations of our clients with the distinct character of the Grand Ridge location that they select to build their dream home.

Every project presents a new opportunity to consider more deeply how we merge form with function, and to paint a portrait in architecture of our clients’ unique lifestyles.  Serving that purpose is our life’s work and greatest honor. To learn more about designing your custom home, contact us.