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Final Legacy Homes in Magnolia's Discovery Park Offered For Sale

  The Prosch Plan Home at 4218 Washington Avenue in Fort Lawton

The Prosch Plan Home at 4218 Washington Avenue in Fort Lawton

More than a century in the making, the opportunity to own one of the last Colonial Revival estates within Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton arrives this weekend. Just listed on Officer’s Row is a Prosch Plan at 4218 Washington Avenue, which is available for immediate occupancy at $2.1 million.  This nostalgic home offers 4,088 square feet of living space comprising four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is built upon a large 27,303 square feet lot with a new two-car, detached garage. 

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Fort Lawton Ellicott Property Pending!

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Fort Lawton Ellicott Property Pending!

Last weekend, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, debuted "The Ellicott," one of Fort Lawton's largest estates, to the public.

In less than a week the meticulously refurbished and modernized $2.8 million Magnolia estate received multiple offers, and is now pending! An offer was put on it only two days after the home was debuted at the open house.

The home plan is named after Anna Ellicott, one of Seattle’s early pioneers, whose land donation contributed to the formation of Fort Lawton in 1900. Located at 4012 Washington Avenue West (in Discovery Park), the Ellicott is sited upon a .39-acre lot overlooking the historic Parade Grounds with a massive wraparound covered veranda offering unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountain range and Puget Sound, just as it has for more than a century.

“The Ellicott is one of the Grand Dames of Fort Lawton and it presents a truly unique opportunity to own legacy real estate in Seattle,” said Gary Blakeslee, Vice President of Rise Properties.

“This opportunity for homeownership is like no other on the West Coast – a poignancy that is not lost on us with the unfortunate fire in one of our empty, unoccupied homes that was under renovation,” added Blakeslee. “We will rebuild but it certainly makes today’s scheduled release bittersweet.”

Blakeslee believes all eleven remaining homes will be fully renovated and sold this year. Four out of the six homes on the south side have already been sold. 4012 Washington Avenue is the first Ellicott to be listed for sale. The north side has seven homes of which two are nearly completed and three will be completed in late November and December (two out of the seven are now delayed by the fire damage).

Check out the newest Fort Lawton listing here >>> 4010 Washington Avenue, "The Ellicott Plan"

 

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Rise properties debuts and lists the First Officer's Row Home

$2.0 million for a legacy residence, nestled in 534-acres of park land with a destination view, RISE Properties is thoughtfully bringing history back to life

More than a century in the making, the opportunity to own one of the last 13 Colonial Revival residences within Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton arrives today.

RISE Properties announced that they are listing their first of five homes, while two reserved homes are pending sale. The first home, 4002 Washington Avenue, will be listed for $2.0 million. No home is listed for sale until it’s been fully renovated.

The three nostalgic residences, 4000, 4002 and 4004 are part of a thirteen-home collection perched above the Fort Lawton Parade Ground in Discovery Park with preserved views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain range. Originally built as housing for military officers between 1899 and 1904, this is the first time that these homes have been available for private ownership.

All of the homes offer between 4,027 – 6,600 sf. of living space thoughtfully renovated by the world-class design team of Seattle based GGLO. This expert team of architects and interior designers worked with the City Landmarks Preservation Board to ensure that each home’s unique historic attributes are preserved while incorporating contemporary, modern-day conveniences.

4002 Washington Avenue is the first home on Officer’s Row to be listed. It includes all-new plumbing with on-demand hot water, new electrical systems, and hydronic heating on the main floor with energy efficient low-profile radiators on the other levels. It also includes a newly constructed, detached two-car garage.

The home is finished in the designers “meadow” scheme, which is a warm palette inspired by Discovery Park’s lush open spaces. Next door to 4002 is the Sales Gallery which is designed in the “coastal” scheme for comparison.

The new listing includes 4,027 sf. of living space on four levels with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The kitchen is all new with custom cabinets, quartz countertops, Miele appliances and gas cooking. Upperlevel floor plans were redesigned to include a master bedroom, spa-like bathrooms, and walk-in closets.

A fully-finished, spacious daylight basement has exposed stone walls and brickwork that provide the backdrop for an airy feel, while a fourth story provides an open loft for a media room, bedroom suite or private home office.

Oversize windows fill the home with light while a picture postcard front terrace takes you back in time with territorial views that are distinctly Fort Lawton.

The exterior spaces also include common areas for Officer’s Row residents such as a community vegetable garden with raised beds, a gazebo with a fire-pit, and two playgrounds for children residing or visiting residents in the historic neighborhood. “These homes are uniquely Seattle,” said Gary Blakeslee, Vice President of Rise Properties. “There is nothing like them along the West Coast and it’s been our privilege to bring history back to life for firsttime homeownership with thoughtful contemporary updates.”

To ensure that the homes were thoughtfully restored, Blakeslee and his family lived in one of the Officer’s Row homes last summer before renovation. “It was the best of both worlds, to be nestled in the tranquility of Discovery Park and yet only 15-minutes from downtown Seattle. Arriving home each evening was truly magical – instant peace and quiet, surrounded by acres of natural beauty, capped off by a nightly sunset toast”

Officer’s Row follows an earlier release of 13 homes at Montana Circle. Those homes ranged in size from 1,675 to 1,995 square feet and closed with sales prices between $800,000 and $1.2 million. There is a total of 26 homes at Fort Lawton; the 13 homes at Officer’s Row are the last residences to be offered for sale in Discovery Park.

As a unique offering, Officer’s Row homes are not listed for sale until they are fully renovated. Each home has its own character and historic attributes which take time to restore. With the first MLS listing announced today, RISE Properties anticipates that the last home will be completed in December of this year.

“We encourage potential buyers and their brokers who are eager to see these homes to contact our sales office,” said Blakeslee. “Our sales process is not typical because these homes are not typical. If we were just selling homes, we would have put these residences on the market in their original condition. We didn’t because we recognize both the public and private value of this Landmark District and we wanted to create a community of residents whom we hope will be long-term stewards of these residences and their natural surroundings.”

Sales Contact Information: Stephanie McMahon, Sales Director, the Homes at Fort Lawton. 206-595-3885. Stephanie@ownfortlawton.com

The project team includes:

  • Developer; RISE Properties Trust
  • Project Manager; Thrive Developments LLC
  • Architect; GGLO
  • Historic Preservation; BOLA Architects
  • Civil Engineers; KPFF
  • Structural Engineers; I.L. Gross
  • Project Marketing; Realogics, Inc.
  • Sales Broker; Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

To Learn More, Visit OwnFortLawton.com

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Historic Homes in Discovery Park Offered for Sale

SEATTLE — More than a century in the making, the SEATTLE — More than a century in the making, the opportunity to own one of the last 13 Colonial Revival estates within Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton arrives this month.

When fully restored, the first listing on Officer’s Row will be a Prosch plan offered at $2 million. This nostalgic home offers more than 4,000 square feet of living space comprising four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and a newly added two-car detached garage.

Additional homes will be priced and sold as they are completed, according to Stephanie McMahon, the sales director at the Homes at Fort Lawton.

Originally built between 1899 and 1904 as housing for military officers, each home has been restored with modern conveniences while honoring its historic past, McMahon says.

Perched above the former parade ground, all 13 homes on Officer’s Row front the 534 acres of Discovery Park with views of open space, native forest land, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

“This natural sanctuary remains just 15 minutes from downtown Seattle, offering its residents the best of both worlds,” McMahon says. “An unprecedented series of events took place over the past century that led to these landmark homes to be surrounded by hundreds of acres of parkland — effectively an island of fee-simple land and private residences now offered for individual ownership.

“The reality is this debut is the first and among very few prospects to own on Officer’s Row. These homes are grandfathered landmarks and no further development possibilities exist within Discovery Park.”

*This article originally appeared on The Seattle Times

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EXCLUSIVE: 13 historic houses are a microcosm of Seattle's hot market

There are only 72 houses for sale in the popular Magnolia and Queen Anne neighborhoods, so it's not surprising what's happening with the 13 big, historic homes in the middle of Seattle's Discovery Park.

A Canadian company, Rise Properties, is refurbishing the 13 Colonial Revival-style homes on Officers' Row at Fort Lawton, a former military base in the 534-acre park. The project won't wrap up for several months, yet sales are pending on two of the houses and buyers have made reservations to buy seven others, with prices between $2 million and possibly up to nearly $4 million.

"How buyers would respond has been a big guessing game," said Rise Vice President Gary Blakeslee. "It's a really unique product in a very strong market."

Rise's Fort Lawton project began about three years ago, when the company agreed to buy the 13 big houses and 13 smaller ones for $9.5 million, according to public records. Blakeslee said the remodeling work for the large houses cost between $400,000 to nearly $1 million. His company worked with Seattle architecture firm GGLO and the city's Landmarks Preservation Board on the project, which entailed adding new roofs, seismic upgrades, new plumbing and electrical systems, and kitchen remodels.

The 13 smaller houses on Montana Circle were refurbished first, and all have sold for between $800,000 and $1.2 million. The houses on Officers' Row range from around 4,000 to more than 6,600 square feet, and Blakeslee expects them to sell for between $500 and $600 per square foot.

Rise is acting as the general contractor and Blakeslese said the top challenge has been finding subcontractors in Seattle's red-hot construction sector.

"We are paying premium rates to keep people on board there," he said.

Homes aren't listed until the remodeling work is done.

The Officers' Row houses were built between 1899 and 1904, and this is the first time they've been available for sale, so interest is high. To separate the "tire-kickers" from buyers with genuine interest, Rise created an "Officers' Club." To join, people had to write a personal letter or make a $250 donation to the Seattle Parks Foundation. Invitations to join were sent to more than 2,000 prospective buyers and real estate brokers, and around 45 joined, Blakeslee said.

The remodeling is schedule to be done in December, though there have been construction delays of six to eight months.

*This article originally appeared on the Puget Sound Business Journal

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Q&A - Historic Restoration,  Video Interviews

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Q&A - Historic Restoration, Video Interviews

Given that all of the homes at Fort Lawton are on the National Register of Historic Places, people often inquire about the term "historic restoration," and what that actually involves. 

Please refer to the following short films with Seth Gary, Director of Development, to gain a better understanding of the steps the developer has taken to renovate these historically modern homes:

Q&A With Stephanie McMahon

Officer's Row Restoration

Soundproofing the Duplex

Restoring the Heating Systems

."YOUR "ONCE UPON A TIME" . . . IS NOW! 
 
The last thirteen residences on Officer's Row at Fort Lawton present an opportunity like no other to live in an authentic, landmark community surrounded by the natural beauty of Discovery Park. You are among the fortunate few who will be the first to tour a fully-renovated home. We look forward to your visit!   

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LAST 3 Fort Lawton Homes Available at Discovery Park!

Out of hundreds of interested home buyers, I was successful in securing reservations for 2 families on Officer's Row at ‪FortLawton (the "Presidio of Seattle") in Seattle's largest city park-534 acres, Discovery Park.

Only 3 of these 13 historically modern homes are available!  Please contact me for details regarding the release of these last legacy properties in the Fort Lawton Historic District.

 

 

 

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Countdown to Officer's Row Reservation Event

YOU'VE BEEN WAITING

The last thirteen residences on Officer's Row at Fort Lawton present an opportunity like no other to live in an authentic, landmark community surrounded by the natural beauty of Discovery Park.These homes become available for reservation on Wednesday, June 8th. 

In preparation for our first Reservation Event, RISE properties has hosted five intimate informational events for Officers Club members. These have included meetings with our design team at GGLO, and meetings with historians to discuss the significance of owning a landmarked home in Fort Lawton.

YOUR "ONCE UPON A TIME" . . . IS NOW!

It's not too late. You have 5 days left to prepare for our first Reservation Event on Wednesday, June 8th. Please register today so you don't miss this rare opportunity.   
 
To participate in the Reservation Event, you must be a member of the Officer's Club.

Contact me to learn about joining the Officer's Club.

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RISE Properties Announces Reservation Process for Officer's Row

The last thirteen residences on Officer's Row at Fort Lawton present an opportunity like no other to live in an authentic, landmark community surrounded by the natural beauty of Discovery Park. The offering of these homes is unparalleled in the county, let alone a single listing in Magnolia or the greater Seattle area, which is why we created the Officer's Club in preparation for the summer sales debut.


The Officer's Club is a tailored program for qualified homebuyers (and their brokers) to receive priority sales information, gain preferred access to private events, and participate in the Officer's Row reservation process. Through this program we intend to provide exceptional service to people like you who have shown the most interest in these homes, before advertising draws others in for their first look.


While we recognize that a distinct reason for joining the Club is for access to the early reservation process, we encourage you to take full advantage of the informational events as well. RISE Properties (Fort Lawton) Limited Partnership ("RISE Properties") could have designed a sales process that only maximizes profits, but that is not our goal. We believe that these stately homes deserve the type of stewardship that will ensure their historic integrity for another century.

Hence, the primary purpose of the Officer's Club is to give each prospective buyer ample time to learn about owning and living in one of these unique residences, well in advance of the Reservation Event.


* As a reminder, RISE Properties is hosting a Landmark Event this Saturday, May 21st, focusing on the history of each home and the advantages and limitations of landmark status. In addition, a second Design Preview Event has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th.

 

RSVP for the Landmark Event

RSVP for the Design Preview Event

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In planning for the Reservation Event, it has been important to RISE Properties that every prospective homebuyer is treated equally in a fair and transparent process. To that end, prospective buyers who would like to participate in the Reservation Event are required to have completed the following steps:

  • By June 1st - Join the Officer's Club; and
  • By June 4th - Provide documentation of a lender's pre-approval or sufficient funds for a cash purchase; and
  • By June 6th - Meet with Fort Lawton listing broker, Stephanie McMahon or Fort Lawton buyer's agent, Aaron Freeman to discuss your preferences and value expectations. There will be no pricing available at the June Reservation Event; Officer's Row homes will be priced upon completion beginning in July 2016. Reservations will be address-specific.

By June 1st, RISE Properties will provide the Reservation Agreement, Purchase & Sale Agreement and any addenda to qualified Officer's Club members for review. We want prospective buyers to have as much insight and information as possible prior to the Reservation Event on June 8th. 

 

Much deliberation has gone into the reservation process and event. As stated, RISE Properties wants this to be a transparent and equitable process. At the Reservation Event, each prospective homebuyer (households are treated as a single buyer) will be given thirteen personalized tokens. Attendees will be invited to privately place their tokens in address box(s) of their choice.

This is where you influence the outcome. Every buyer is unique and he/she has the opportunity to place anywhere from zero to thirteen tokens in an address box. For example, if an attendee is only interested in the Ellicott plan, they may decide to place all 13-tokens in one Ellicott box or divide their tokens among the two Ellicott address boxes. Or if a prospective homebuyer is drawn to the Prosch plan, he/she may drop all of their tokens in one address box, or divide their tokens among any of the eight Prosch addresses.

 

After all guests have deposited their tokens, we will hold a drawing for reservations. Following the same sequence as the release order of the homes, we will draw names for each address. The first name drawn will be the first reservation holder. There is a limit of only one "first position" per buyer, so please plan before the event. After all the first positions have been drawn, we will start the sequence again to determine the second position and so on. If an attendee's token is drawn again for first position, they will have the option of releasing their prior first for the latter address. Prospective buyers may hold a maximum of three reservations, only one of which may be a "first position."


As names are drawn, they will be announced to the group, and we will have a private area to answer questions and formalize all agreements that evening. Deposits will be required within two business days of executing the reservation agreement ($10,000 for first position, $5,000 for second or third position). Deposit funds are held in escrow, and are fully refundable should the reservation holder not enter into a purchase and sale agreement on the reserved home. 


If you cannot attend the event, you may send a proxy with your power of attorney. Simply let Stephanie or Aaron know in advance of the event. The dinner is only for Officer's Club members, their broker and/or proxy.


We will not be taking any reservations prior to the event (there are two existing reservations in place with previous rental residents).


As residences are completed, reservation holders will be invited to privately tour their reserved home. We will begin with the first reservation holder, whom after the tour has three business days to sign a purchase agreement. If that reservation holder does not purchase the home, we will contact the second reservation holder for a private tour and so on.

Based on our experience at Montana Circle, we know how to price these homes, and reservation holders will have the first right of purchase without any competition. Fort Lawton is a very special project and we are more interested in finding passionate homebuyers than maximizing profits. When a purchase agreement is signed, we will notify the other reservation holders for that address.


We have no doubt that you may have questions, which is why we wanted to reiterate the prequalification information and share our deliberative process for the Reservation Event. After selling the homes at Montana Circle, we learned that our new homeowners are as unique as the Fort Lawton homes themselves. Their enthusiasm for these residences, as well as the park, has made us even more passionate about building this new community.


For additional information, please contact me today!

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RISE DEBUTS OFFICER’S ROW RESIDENCES FOR OFFICER CLUB MEMBERS

Officer’s Club Prospective Homebuyers Invited to Preview Design Events


May 9, 2016 -  Prospective home buyers who have joined the Fort Lawton Officer’s Club were invited to an interior design preview of the much-anticipated stately homes on Officer’s Row in Discovery Park on April 26th. This preview was the first in a series of Officer’s Club events designed to provide qualified buyers (and their brokers) with priority access to property information. In order to accommodate the number of interested buyers, The Homes at Fort Lawton will be holding a second design preview on May 24th.  For those who are not a member of the Officer’s Club it’s not too late to join and RSVP.  

At the first event, Officer’s Club members mingled in the downtown offices of GGLO with appetizers and refreshments while having the opportunity to hear from the developer and world class interiors team about the specialized nature of restoring these legacy residences. The soiree allowed for guests to view design boards, interior materials, and casually converse with the design team.

“These homes are extraordinary and we’ve waited a century for them to come to market, and now we’re just a few months away from experiencing them in their fully restored grandeur,” said Gary Blakeslee, Vice President for RISE. “I want potential buyers and their brokers to have behind-the-scenes experiences while they learn more about Fort Lawton and our design approach.”

Guests learned about the Colonial Revival architecture, which was common for important buildings built around the turn of the 19th century, and is perhaps best reflected in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. The team also shared their impressive vision for how to honor history while designing for modern day lifestyles. They shared design secrets such as converting excess bedrooms into walk-in closets and voluminous master bathroom retreats - and much more. Learn more about the design specifics of Officer’s Row, here

“With Montana Circle we learned that almost all of our homebuyers had not been actually in the market for a new home,” said Stephanie McMahon, Community Sales Director for The Homes at Fort Lawton. “However, they were so passionate about the opportunity to own a legacy home in the midst of a natural park setting that they moved quickly. Knowing that Officers’ Row is the last offering of residences at Fort Lawton, we have created the Officers Club as a very personalized sales process to allow prospective buyers more time to make decisions. I will be working closely with each prospective buyer, and their broker, as they explore the opportunity of owning a once-in-a-century residence in Seattle’s premier park.”

The Officer’s Club is a members-only program where prospective homebuyers at Fort Lawton are invited to events and will have an opportunity to place a reservation on a home on June 8th, 2016. Reservation holders are then provided ample time to prepare their current home for sale, organize mortgage financing and generally position themselves for a closing on Officer’s Row with the confidence and comfort of knowing they are protectedin this opportunity without fear of multiple offers or price escalation.

“We understand most buyers are not going to engage in the sales process or otherwise sell their existing home unless they know they are provided a first right of opportunity to purchase on a selected home at Officer’s Row,” added McMahon.  “Our reservations provide this security while our Officer’s Club events offer enriching experiences to fully understand and appreciate the possibility of living at Officer’s Row.”

Prospective homebuyers need not wait for upcoming events to learn more about Officer’s Row as Sales Director Stephanie McMahon, and her assistant Lorraine Rotanelli, are available daily to answer questions. In addition, Aaron Freeman, also with Realogics Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, is an onsite buyers’ agent and listing broker for existing home sales for those interested in a turnkey solution.

To attend the events you must be a member of the Officer’s Club.

Please contact me today to learn more about the Officer's Club and how to join!

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The Officer's Club Members Learn About Restoration Process At First Official Design Event

On Wednesday April 27, the Homes at Fort Lawton team hosted the first of many exclusive members-only Officer's Club events! Located at the GGLO design offices, prospective buyers got the chance to view the official design palette and restoration process of the homes soon-to-be-released at Officer's Row.

Future events will delve deeper into design and restoration specifics, explore the history of Fort Lawton and what it means to live in a nationally landmarked neighborhood, and offer a reservation process prior to the public sales debut.

Contact me today for more information on the Officer's Club and the opportunity to attend one of these exclusive preview events!

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Exclusive Officer's Club Preview Events Begin April 26th; First Salon Event Will Highlight Design

Last Thursday, a collective of representatives from the Fort Lawton sales and development team convened at GGLO to prepare for the first in a series of exclusive salon events available only for Officer’s Club members: the Design Preview. On April 26th, members will gather in an intimate environment to converse with the interior design and development team, review and compare floorplans, and examine finishes and appliances while they eat, sip and ask questions. The evening will be framed by discussions from key development team members including Michael Wishkoski, Principal GGLO; Kimberly Frank, Principal GGLO; Mark Sindell, Principal, Director of Business Development; and Jennifer Stormont, Lead Residential Designer for The Homes at Fort Lawton.

Future events will delve deeper into design and restoration specifics, explore the history of Fort Lawton and what it means to live in a nationally landmarked neighborhood, and offer a reservation process prior to the public sales debut.

Please contact me for more information on the Officer's Club and how to join.

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Montana Circle is Sold Out; News Met with Reception of Media Accolades

Representing the buyers of three of the now sold out Montana Circle homes, I am the top-selling buyer's agent at Fort Lawton with a track record of performance, trust me with your approach and purchase of these collectible homes. I’ll promptly respond to your questions and requests!

A press release from April 12th describes the recent sale of all thirteen homes at Montana Circle. The announcement was met with significant local media attention, as features in The Puget Sound Business Journal, the Daily Journal of Commerce and Curbed Seattle soon followed. As the press release reads: The developer of Fort Lawton, RISE Properties has announced that all thirteen homes at Montana Circle are sold. These new homeowners are the first private residents in the history of Fort Lawton. 

“We are currently pending on four properties with nine closed, said Gary Blakeslee, Vice President for RISE Properties. “In less than three-months, Montana Circle is effectively sold out and we are now working on the restoration of Officer’s Row, located up the hill from Montana Circle.”

The homes that have closed at Montana Circle sold for an average of $484 a square foot; sales prices have increased with each subsequent home release. There were four 2-bedroom and nine 3-bedroom homes for a total of thirteen legacy residences. All sold at or slightly above the listing price to owners who share a passion for the outdoors and historic residences.  

“The results demonstrate that we priced the homes correctly which was important to us,” added Blakeslee. “Fort Lawton is a real estate microclimate which certainly is influenced by market trends but at the end of the day, it's unique to itself. There is no other community like it in the city and our goal was to be successful in attracting residents who want to live at Fort Lawton and be stewards of these stately homes and Discovery Park. The community of buyers at Montana Circle are a great indicator going into sales debut of Officer’s Row this summer.”

 “I love historic homes because there is a lot of truth in the saying, “They don’t build ‘em like they used to,” said Ken Bryan, the first owner at Montana Circle.  “A historic house that has been thoughtfully renovated to modern living standards while preserving its original character is quite an accomplishment. I have been very impressed with the improvements behind the walls as well as the visible craftsmanship in these homes.”

Officer’s Row is now the last opportunity for homeownership at Fort Lawton. The collection of thirteen grand homes is a mix of classic colonial revival architecture, built in 1900.  While all the exteriors will be meticulously restored (per landmark guidelines) the homes’ interiors will be expertly renovated by a world-class design team, led by GGLO, with a nod to a contemporary lifestyle.  These residences range from 4,027 to more than 6,600 sq. ft. and will include a newly-built two car garage. All of the homes include expansive covered terraces that offer commanding views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range. Rise Properties is serving as the master developer with a team of talented trade professionals. 

“Each officer’s quarter has its own unique personality and will only be offered for sale when fully renovated,” said Blakeslee. “We anticipate that the first home will be available in July 2016 and the last residences will be ready for sale by the end of this year. We have learned from Montana Circle that it’s a detailed restoration process and our commitment is to quality. We are meticulous when it comes to bringing these stately homes back to the future, so each release date will be determined by the renovation schedule.”

In preparation for the summer sales debut, Rise Properties has announced the Officer’s Club. The Officer’s Club is a tailored program for qualified buyers interested in purchasing one of the last thirteen homes at Fort Lawton. Members in the Officer’s Club will receive priority sales information, preferred access to private events on an invitation-only basis, and most importantly an opportunity to reserve a specific home at Officer’s Row before priced and released for sale.

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“Following a successful public debut and tour of the Homes at Montana Circle, we are excited to commence the restoration and sales process at Officer’s Row,” said Stephanie McMahon, Community Sales Director at Fort Lawton. “Our unique Officer’s Club program is designed to be high-touch, enriching and convenient for qualified homebuyers seeking priority sales information in this limited residential opportunity.”

Please contact me to learn how to join the Officer’s Club and become a part of this exclusive community!

Marc Stiles of The Puget Sound Business Journal featured the homes in a piece entitled “Why this Seattle housing developer doesn’t want to whip buyers into a frenzy.” As Stiles outlines, the initial open houses and sales events at Montana Circle created a frenzy that discouraged potential buyers:  “’I think the serious buyers were confused or intimidated by the crowds, and fearful that the homes they wanted would go for hundreds of thousands of dollars above the asking price,’ said Gary Blakeslee, vice president for the developer, Rise Properties. ‘In the end, a lot of people didn’t make offers.’”

And while RISE Properties responded with less media attention and events, Stiles points out that “as counterintuitive as it sounds, it worked,” given that each of the first thirteen “closed sales were 10 percent above asking prices.”

Those looking to own a piece of history need only wait until this summer, and Stiles outlines the “Officer’s Club,” a members-only collective “whose members will be invited to ‘salon events’ to talk about the restoration and what it’s like living in a landmarked neighborhood.” While pricing is not final, Stiles says the homes will “be comparable on a square-foot basis to those that sold in the first phase” which means “prices for the Officer’s Row homes would be from more than $1.9 million to nearly $3.2 million.”

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Curbed Seattle was thrilled to share the news as Sean Keeley reported that “All 13 Montana Circle Homes at Fort Lawton Sold Out.” While Montana Circle no longer offers opportunities for ownership, Keeley points out that “there’s still a chance to get in on Fort Lawton with the Officer’s Row homes.” He continues by describing the exclusivity of these soon-to-be-released properties, as “those thirteen homes date back to 1900 and they’ve been meticulously restored by GGLO and others.”

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The Daily Journal of Commerce likewise shared in the announcement, in a feature entitled “First 13 homes at Fort Lawton sold; last 13 go on the market this year.” In the article, the Journal elaborates on the upcoming Officer’s Row homes, describing that “these houses range from 4,027 to 6,600 square feet. They will have new two-car garages and terraces with views of Puget Sound and the Olympics. Blakeslee said the first home in Officer’s Row will be available for sale in July, and all will be on the market by the end of the year.”

Please contact me to learn how to join the Officer’s Club and become a part of this exclusive community!

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Announcing The Officer's Club — The Last Opportunity for Homeownership at Fort Lawton

With all thirteen homes sold at Montana Circle [including closed and pending], the collection of residences at Officer's Row represents the final opportunity to own a home at Fort Lawton. In preparation for the summer sales debut, RISE Properties introduces the "Officer's Club"-a tailored program for qualified homebuyers (and their brokers) to receive priority sales information, gain preferred access to private events on an invitation-only basis, and participate in the Officer's Row reservation process before the general public announcement.

This nostalgic neighborhood of thirteen homes is a mix of classic colonial revival homes built in 1900 sited on large, privately-owned, fee-simple lots.  While all exteriors have been painstakingly preserved (per guidelines for historic landmarks), the homes' interiors are being tastefully and expertly renovated with a nod to contemporary lifestyles. These grand residences range from 4,027 to more than 6,600 sq. ft.  Each will also include a newly-built two car garage behind the landmark homes.

If you are passionate about living in one of the last thirteen historic homes, we encourage you to join the Officer’s Club. Tours of our new sales center and model home on Officer’s Row will be offered first to members of the Officer’s Club. In addition, only members of the Club will be able to participate in the Officer’s Row reservation process, in advance of the public sales debut.

"Following a successful public debut and tour of the Homes at Montana Circle, we are excited to commence the restoration and sales process at Officer's Row," said Stephanie McMahon, Community Sales Director at Fort Lawton. "Our unique Officer's Club program is designed to be high-touch, enriching and convenient for qualified homebuyers seeking priority sales information in this limited residential opportunity."

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