The six-home offering arrives after more than three years of redevelopment work at Fort Lawton.
SEATTLE — The last six homes on Officer’s Row at historic Fort Lawton are scheduled to make their sales debut in early February, following an extensive restoration that will be completed next month.
The final offering arrives after more than three years of redevelopment work at Fort Lawton by RISE Properties, which renovated and sold all 13 homes at Montana Circle and five homes in the first phase at Officer’s Row.
“The new year marks a major milestone for Fort Lawton as we transition from a construction site to a thriving community of homeowners,” says Gary Blakeslee, vice president of RISE. “We are honored to have led a world-class team of design and development members to restore these grand homes in Seattle’s largest park.
In 2017, after more than 100 years of service to our military, the final stewardship of this legacy community will be passed to private homeowners for the first time.”
Originally built for military officers and their families in 1900, the residences on Officer’s Row offer between 4,027 and 6,600 square feet of living space. Each home has received seismic upgrades, new roofs and all-new electrical and plumbing, as well as artfully inspired kitchen and bathroom renovations.
Architects and interior designers worked with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board to maintain each home’s iconic Colonial-Revival architecture and other historic attributes.
“The project has certainly exceeded our expectations,” says Scott C., who purchased the General’s House with his wife, Jeanette. “The renovations have been thoughtful in both keeping with the historical significance of the home and also allowing for modern conveniences that you would expect to find in a newly constructed home.”
The couple and their four children have a unique perspective as they previously leased the home before the restoration process commenced and were quick to exercise their first right of opportunity to purchase when it was presented for sale.
“We feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to live in the home and are very excited to call it our own,” says Jeanette.
Officer’s Row is sited on a ridgeline that overlooks the former parade grounds within the Historic District of Fort Lawton. Once a strategic U.S. military installation, the 534 acres was turned over to the city of Seattle in 1973 to become Discovery Park. Approximately 9 acres of fee-simple land and 26 homes were carved out of the park for redevelopment and individual homeownership — one of the most unique residential offerings in the history of Seattle.
“Discovery Park is such a wonderful place — we’re relatively new to the area, and just fell under its spell,” says Neal N., a new homeowner on Officer’s Row with his wife, Baird. “I’m a walker, hiker and backpacker, so being surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest, waterfront, Elliott Bay, the snowy Olympics and the rest — it’s just marvelous.”
“This will be the largest home we’ve ever lived in, and yet it is of human scale, it’s really very welcoming,” Baird says. “I love the combination of old and new. For example, the modern kitchen works well with the traditional details, like the fireplaces, moldings, finials and so on. I can almost imagine that I’m living in this home just as it was a hundred years ago, and yet I get all of today’s conveniences.”
Other homeowners familiar with its lifestyle and investment potential had referred to Fort Lawton as the “Presidio of the Pacific Northwest” — a prophetic statement within a real estate market that’s beginning to look more and more like its peer city in California.
“Having moved from San Francisco, Fort Lawton reminded me greatly of the Presidio, where I always wanted to live,” says Maureen R., a new homeowner at Montana Circle. “The price seemed surprisingly low compared to California and New York.”
The remaining homes for sale in February will range from a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot Prosch floor plan offered at $2 million, to the “Grand Dame” Ellicott floor plan, featuring six bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 6,278 square feet of living space, and offered at $2.9 million.
“Ultimately, this final release of homes will be the last opportunity to own at Fort Lawton,” says Stephanie McMahon, the sales director at Fort Lawton. “Given its landmark status and the surrounding parkland, there will be no additional development opportunities at Fort Lawton or in Discovery Park. Now is the time to own your place in history.”
Prospective homebuyers are encouraged to register online at OwnFortLawton.com to learn more about priority sales opportunities and to preview the model homes.