When fully restored, the first listing on Officer’s Row will be a Prosch plan offered at $2 million.
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.”
McMahon predicts only a few of the 13 remaining homes will actually make it to market due to preexisting reservations.
This final sales phase follows an earlier release at Montana Circle, a collection of 13 homes ranging in size from 1,675 to 1,995 square feet. Those homes closed with sales prices between $800,000 and $1.2 million.
McMahon says the homes at Officer’s Row are considerably larger, including the 6,656-square-foot General’s House. Each home is sited on lots of up to 35,298 square feet.
The developer, RISE Properties, curated the Homes at Fort Lawton along with Seattle-based GGLO. The award-winning design team worked with the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board to restore the nostalgic architecture with new roofs, seismic updates and landscaping.
Shared common areas include a community P-Patch and vegetable garden, a firepit and two playgrounds for children within the neighborhood.
Inside features include all-new plumbing and electrical systems with hydronic heating on the main floor and low-profile radiators on other levels. The kitchens boast new cabinets, quartz countertops, and Miele appliances with gas cooking.
Upper-level floor plans were reworked to produce additional bedrooms, spa-like bathrooms and walk-in closets — just a few of the many updates that bring these historic homes into modern-day living, McMahon says.
A fully-finished daylight basement is framed by thick stone walls and exposed brickwork, while a fourth story provides a loft area for a media room, bedroom suite or private home office. Oversize windows fill the homes with light, while mature landscaping creates a private environment.
Situated above Puget Sound on Magnolia Bluff, Discovery Park is one of Seattle’s most popular recreation areas. It includes hiking trails, protected tidal beaches, meadow lands, sea cliffs and active sand dunes. It is the city’s largest public park, serving as a nature and wildlife reserve for the benefit and education of the citizens of Seattle.
A new app called Explore Discovery Park can be downloaded on the Fort Lawton website that encourages self-guided walking tours of the historic monuments and attractions of the park.
Home resales may be possible at Fort Lawton, but McMahon says she believes most will become family heirlooms passed down to future generations.
“The Homes at Fort Lawton offer a storybook lifestyle that starts with once upon a time,” McMahon says. “And for those who want to own a piece of living history, that time is now.”