Located at Seattle's Discovery Park, Fort Lawton has announced the sale of four homes, the debut of two fully remodeled homes, and presales for five homes currently under renovation.
SEATTLE — With the sale of its first homes, Fort Lawton is establishing itself as one of the city’s newest landmark and locally-owned neighborhoods.
RISE Properties, the developer of Fort Lawton, has announced the sale of four homes, the debut of two fully remodeled homes, and presales for five homes currently under renovation at Montana Circle.
“I love historic homes because there is a lot of truth in the saying, ‘They don’t build ’em like they used to,’ ” says Ken Bryan, the first homeowner 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.”
With four homes sold at or slightly above the listing price, Fort Lawton is becoming a community steeped in history and home to new owners that share a passion for the outdoors and legacy residences, says Gary Blakeslee, vice president and principal at RISE Properties.
“Originally, we planned to only release homes when they were fully restored. But now we have renovated homes for all of the floor plans and recent comparable sales values for buyers to consider,” he says. “The buyers of our first four homes were so quick to respond, I simply want to enable others a bit more time to work with their agents and make their dream happen.”
RISE Properties has listed two more fully renovated homes at Fort Lawton: 4420 Montana Circle and 4422 Montana Circle. Both feature the 1,976-square-foot Allen plan, which includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a finished basement. They are priced at $869,000 and $859,000, respectively.
Blakeslee says RISE Properties is also preselling the remaining duplex homes at Montana Circle to offer buyers greater selection and more time to prepare for a future closing. The six homes have two or three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and range in size from 1,677 to 1,995 square feet. Prices start in the low $800,000s. This presale selection also includes the two remaining brick homes located on fee-simple lots at the entrance to Montana Circle.
Blakeslee says both price and passion are being considered when reviewing offers.
“I was really touched by the comments of the new residents at Fort Lawton, as well as prospective homebuyers who demonstrate a shared desire to build community,” he says. “Buyer response indicates the homes are priced right, and as hoped, these new homeowners will be great caretakers of this historic neighborhood and thoughtful stewards of the Fort Lawton legacy.”
Once the last homeowner has moved into the Montana Circle neighborhood, the restoration team will move to Officer’s Row, where an additional enclave of 13 heritage homes, ranging from 4,027 to 6,656 square feet, will be offered for sale in spring 2016.
Both Officer’s Row and Montana Circle are enveloped by 534 acres of natural habitat at Discovery Park, located 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. Each home is part of the Fort Lawton Historic District, and the exteriors are protected by the City of Seattle Landmark Preservation Board.
“Fort Lawton is a great balance of location, setting, and community, and I will be both happy and honored to live in a place that is an important part of American and Seattle history,” Bryan says.