More than a century in the making, the opportunity to own one of the last Colonial Revival estates within Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton arrives this weekend. Just listed on Officer’s Row is a Prosch Plan at 4218 Washington Avenue, which is available for immediate occupancy at $2.1 million. This nostalgic home offers 4,088 square feet of living space comprising four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is built upon a large 27,303 square feet lot with a new two-car, detached garage.
Originally built between 1899 and 1904 as housing for military officers, each home is expansively restored with modern conveniences while honoring their historic past. Proudly perched over the former Parade Grounds, the homes at Officer’s Row provide unobstructed views of open natural landscape, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains. This natural sanctuary remains just 15 minutes from downtown Seattle, offering its residents the best of both worlds. Discovery Park is recognized as one of Seattle’s signature naturalized parks; offering hiking trails and running trails, protected tidal beaches and meadow lands, sea cliffs and sand dunes.
An unprecedented series of events taken place over the past century that has 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.
“This Prosch Plan is among the final opportunities to own at Fort Lawton,” said Stephanie McMahon, Sales Director for The Homes at Fort Lawton. Out of 26-total homes, only five remain available for private ownership and several are currently reserved by prospective homebuyers that have been waiting for their homes to be restored. “These last few homes are it,” she added. “They are grandfathered landmarks and no further development possibilities exist within Discovery Park”
This final phase follows an earlier release at Montana Circle – a collection of thirteen homes ranging in size from 1,675 to 1,995 square feet, which closed between $800,000 and $1.2 million. The Homes at Officer’s Row are considerably larger, including the General’s house of 6,656 square foot which went pending earlier this week for $3.75 million. In addition to the Prosch Plan, McMahon has also listed a larger home at 4010 Washington Avenue. Known as the Ellicott Plan, this six bedroom and four and a half bathroom estate comprises 6,278 square feet on a 15,623 square foot lot and is offered for $2.9 million.
The developer, RISE Properties artfully curated the Homes at Fort Lawton along with Seattle-based GGLO. The award-winning design team worked with The Landmarks Preservation Board to restore the nostalgic architecture with new roofs, seismic updates and serene landscaping and hardscapes. Shared common areas include a community pea-patch and vegetable garden, a fire pit 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 a full appointment of premium Miele appliances with gas cooking. Creative reworking of upper level floor plans produced gracious bedrooms, spa-like bathrooms and even walk-in closets – just a few of the many updates that bring these historic homes into modern day living. Home owners will appreciate refinished hardwood floors, broad moldings and unique features that are honored throughout each residence. A fully-finished daylight basement is framed by thick stone walls and exposed brickwork while a fourth story provides a loft area perfect for a media room, bedroom suite or a private home office. Oversized windows flood each home with light while mature landscaping ensures privacy and serene environment – a scene straight out of an early period novel.
While the opportunity to live in a national treasure will be admired by many, Fort Lawton will become home to only a fortunate few. Resales may be possible but McMahon believes most will become family heirlooms passed down to future generations.
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.
“The Homes at Fort Lawton offer a storybook lifestyle that starts with once upon a time,” reflects McMahon. “And for those who want to own a piece of living history, that time is now.”
This article is featured in The Seattle Times: "Historic home in Discovery Park offered for sale"
VIEW THESE HOMES: A Sales Gallery and furnished home are available for qualified homebuyer tours by appointment only – contact Stephanie McMahon at 206.595.3885 or visit www.OwnFortLawton.com for more information.