About Us

Redmond, Washington Retirement Living

A tradition of exceptional Eastside retirement living.

Emerald Heights, a member of Emerald Communities has been a not-for-profit, retirement living community in Redmond, WA since the early ‘90s, and we know what it takes to create remarkable retirement experiences. We’ve been the choice of thousands of area seniors seeking a self-driven lifestyle with value, stability, health care and true independence. People are drawn to our warm, friendly neighborhood feel; the security of Life Care; top-notch services and amenities; and the diverse group of vibrant residents who create our culture and call Emerald Heights home. It’s wonderfully different from other Eastside communities.



Our story began in 1979, with the forward-thinking vision of 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. Corwin conceived and championed the idea of creating a CCRC specifically to serve Eastside’s seniors.

Today Emerald Heights is home to more than 550 residents, and expanded in 2014 to meet the expectations and desires of today’s seniors. Emerald Heights’ sister community Heron’s Key is currently being developed in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Our Mission

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Guided by Christian principles, Emerald Communities is a proven leader in the development and operation of not-for-profit, new-generation retirement communities and services and remains dedicated to creating:

  • Caring communities of residents, staff and volunteers that feel like home
  • Stimulating social, spiritual and intellectual programs and services
  • Innovative senior living designed to help all our residents enjoy life to its fullest

Our Values



We honor all commitments and contracts.

We manage financial, physical and other resources in the most prudent manner.

Residents, staff, board and others are involved as appropriate in making decisions.

As a community based upon Christian values, we welcome people of all faiths as residents and staff as we work to create an inclusive climate for faith expression, respect and compassion.

We are open to change, not for its own sake, but to fulfill the organization’s mission.

We provide residents with options for individual choice.

Quality First Commitment

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Emerald Heights has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of our services and programs, and to focus on the satisfaction of all residents. Everything we do is part of an ongoing self-study and goal-setting process that involves residents, staff and board members working together to ensure Emerald Heights offers the very best in retirement living. Learn more about the Quality First philosophy.