The builder expects a mix of families and empty nesters to purchase homes at Saltars Point Estates, located near a school and a beach in Steilacoom.

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STEILACOOM — Saltars Point Estates is a new neighborhood located in a city that is known for its past.

The historic town of Steilacoom had the first library, jail, church and courthouse in the state. Some areas look the same as they did in the late 1800s.

“The obvious connections between then and now are the glistening waters of Puget Sound and forested islands to the west,” says Matt Lewis, president of Garrette Custom Homes, which is building the homes at Saltars Point Estates. He graduated from Steilacoom High School, but moved away for nearly 20 years before returning in 2013.

“I kind of kick myself now when I think back as a kid and how I didn’t appreciate and take advantage of what Steilacoom has to offer,” Lewis says. “As a homebuilder, I’ve built in probably 30 or 40 communities, and it’s hard to beat the package Steilacoom has in terms of natural beauty, schools, parks and safety.”

The city’s 6,000 residents can enjoy water views from most of downtown, as well as from Pioneer Park, located just north of the ferry dock.
Lewis says Saltars Point Estates offers relief from dense, cookie-cutter subdivisions. Most of the lots are just shy of a quarter-acre, and the single-level homes are surrounded by protected greenspace.

The builder expects a mix of families and empty nesters to purchase homes at Saltars Point Estates
The builder expects a mix of families and empty nesters to purchase homes at Saltars Point Estates

The community is adjacent to Saltars Point Elementary School, which was completely renovated several years ago and includes open space and ballfields. Also sharing the Saltars Point name is a beach a half-mile away that features a picnic shelter and more than 500 feet of saltwater shoreline.

Lewis says he expects a mix of families and empty nesters to purchase homes at Saltars Point Estates.

“Single-level living and the privacy of the greenbelt lots will appeal to older buyers, while the proximity to the school and large flat lots are sure to attract families,” he says.