Nine of the 13 historic homes in Montana Circle at Fort Lawton have been sold, and the remaining homes are available for presale.
SEATTLE — What was a century in the making took just a matter of weeks to find buyers as the historic homes in Montana Circle at Fort Lawton were restored and released for sale.
Nine of the 13 homes have been sold, and the remaining homes are available for presale.
Four homes have closed at or slightly above their asking prices, and five more are scheduled to close in the coming weeks as they are restored.
The recently completed Jenott plans at 4410 and 4412 Montana Circle include two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 1,675 square feet of restored living spaces, and are priced at $819,000 and $829,000, respectively. Soon to be released is the final Allen plan at 4422 Montana Circle; it has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 1,995 square feet of living space.
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The Kierstedt plan at 4415 Montana Circle is a three-plus-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom residence that has not yet been released for sale (reservation pending).
“With new resident amenities such as the tot lot, pea patch and outdoor plaza with a firepit now complete and new homeowners moving in at Montana Circle, it’s heartwarming to see this nostalgic community come to life,” says Stephanie McMahon, community sales director with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our residents are more than neighbors in this unique residential enclave — they are also stewards of Fort Lawton’s living legacy.”
Fort Lawton is a former military installation that was acquired by RISE Properties to be fully restored and made available for individual ownership. There are 26 landmark residences, including 13 two- and three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom residences at Montana Circle and 13 homes known as Officer’s Row that are scheduled to be released for sale this summer.
All homes are surrounded by Discovery Park, which offers 534 acres of open spaces, trails, forests, sand dunes and beachfront at West Point.
McMahon says living at Fort Lawton is the best of both worlds because residents can enjoy the open spaces and natural sanctuary of Discovery Park while the urban conveniences of Magnolia are only moments away. Downtown Seattle is a 15-minute drive with no freeway required.
“It’s a little like having a home in the San Juan Islands without the commute,” she says.
As registered landmarks, the homes benefit from a 10-year property tax credit on the improvement value. Gary Blakeslee, vice president at RISE Properties, says his firm hired local, nationally recognized historians and passionate design professionals to restore the homes.
“While the architecture is protected by the National Register of Historic Places, the interiors have been thoughtfully re-envisioned for today’s contemporary lifestyles,” he says. “This includes modern updates such as in-floor radiant heating, new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as all-new plumbing and electrical systems and fixtures, while the proud moldings, hardwood floors and other artisan features have been maintained.”
Blakeslee had the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of Fort Lawton firsthand when he and his family lived on location last summer before the restoration work began. He says the time spent living there helped to shape his sense of pride, respect and care while restoring the collection.
Prospective buyers can view video interviews with Blakeslee and other members of the design and development teams and a short film called “The Living Legacy” at ownfortlawton.com. Floor plans can also be previewed on the website using a 3-D home-tour technology.
The restoration team is expected to complete work at Montana Circle next month and will then move to Officer’s Row, where the next 13 homes will be renovated and offered for sale. Once home to military officers, the residences are perched atop the historic parade grounds within the historic district at Fort Lawton and offer protected west-facing views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Homes at Officer’s Row range in size from four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and approximately 4,000 square feet of living space to the Generals House, which measures more than 6,000 square feet. All are sited on fee-simple lots scaled from 11,493 to 35,298 square feet that will include a new-construction two-car detached garage.
Priority sales information will be available to those who register online at ownfortlawton.com.