Presales are underway at Lawson Hills Estates, where 16 lots are on plots that measure up to 10,000 square feet.

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BLACK DIAMOND — At a time when Seattle-area homebuyers are purchasing smaller homes on less land, Garrette Custom Homes is bucking that trend by giving homebuyers a little elbow room at its newest development, Lawson Hills Estates.

Located in south King County’s Black Diamond community — not far from where the average home price has topped $1 million and buyers often find themselves bidding against many others for the same house — Lawson Hills Estates offers 16 lots on plots that measure up to 10,000 square feet.

Prices start in the $500,000s for one- and two-story homes with three or four bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths. They will have up to 3,000 square feet or more of living space.

“It’s a good opportunity for somebody to get a nice home on a large homesite in south King County,” says Shane Elliott, sales manager for Garrette Custom Homes. “Lawson Hills Estates offers a country feel while still being close to town.”

Presales are underway at the community, and a model home will be completed in May. Three homes have been sold, leaving 13 to choose from, including the model.

Lawson Hills Estates is located in a growing area near shopping, dining and Black Diamond’s historic district. Nature lovers can take advantage of nearby recreational areas such as Lake Sawyer, Flaming Geyser Park and the Green River Gorge. The community is near trails at Mile Post 10 on Highway 169 for hiking and picnicking.

Children can attend the newly remodeled Black Diamond Elementary School. Those who commute for work or activities have easy access to Highway 18.

Elliott says Garrette Custom Homes gives buyers the chance to create a place that is truly their own.

“Those who buy during presales can choose the floor plans and interior features of the home,” he says. “Buyers who purchase a presale or a design-ready home have the opportunity to select their personal choices, while those who simply want to move in and unpack can opt for a finished home.”

Garrette Custom Homes offers more than 30 floor plans and several structural options. The award-winning designs include 9- to 18-foot ceilings, large windows and spacious great rooms.

Presale buyers can visit Garrette Custom Homes’ 5,000-square-foot design studio in Vancouver, Washington. There, buyers meet with a professional designer to select cabinets, flooring, tile, granite, carpet, doors, millwork, lighting, plumbing, sinks and other finishes.

They are also presented with a cost estimate that includes the entire scope of the project. “Buyers do not have to worry about additional costs once the building process begins,” Elliott says.

Those interested in homes at Lawson Hills Estates can tour model homes at nearby Garrette Custom Homes communities in Covington and Buckley while waiting for the on-site model to be completed.