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History

Twenty years.
One vision.

Two decades ago, Emerald Heights opened its doors in Redmond, Washington, and the dream for a better kind of retirement living became reality.

But our story really begins in 1979, with the forward-thinking vision of one man, Whitney Corwin. Corwin had become familiar with the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) model, and was impressed with everything it had to offer. But the closest CCRCs he found were in Seattle, and all with long waiting lists.

So Corwin conceived and championed the idea of creating a CCRC specifically to serve Eastside’s older adults. Once he recruited fellow board members, the group worked tirelessly to find the ideal location and secure financing.

Corwin and the board faced an array of obstacles, but their commitment to creating Emerald Heights never wavered. Many of them put down deposits as future residents, and when the community opened, several of the founding board members were among the first residents to move in. Five founding board members still call Emerald Heights home.

Today Emerald Heights is home to more than 450 residents, and is expanding to meet the wants and needs of older adults for generations to come. Our newest CCRC Heron’s Key is being developed in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Twenty years later and a new community on the way, we firmly believe it’s the people – residents, board and staff – who have made Emerald Communities what it is today.