SEATTLE: A GLOBAL CITY ON THE RISE
Seattle has become one of America’s – if not one of the world’s – fastest growing and most dynamic cities. With multi-faceted tech and business hubs to rival Silicon Valley and San Francisco, we are experiencing change at a rate unimaginable only a few short years ago. We have become a gateway city attracting global citizens, international commerce and worldwide visibility. With that comes great excitement and benefit – arts, entertainment and nightlife of the highest order, a five-star dining scene and diverse intellectual and cultural energy that enliven the most common everyday experience.
Such success can also have its drawbacks – it’s harder than ever to create enough time and space to feel truly at ease and at rest, until now.
Space: A Vanishing Luxury
What constitutes enough space? The answer to that question seems to constantly evolve and continually shrink. During the settlement of America, a typical homestead consisted of 160 acres. Later, 40 acres and a mule became the adage.
As a point of comparison, in Hong Kong, the most densely populated city in the world, the average new home measures only 484 square feet, and hundreds of families may share only a sliver of land. The median American building lot is 8,596 square feet, and in Seattle, 5,500 square feet of relatively level ground is considered generous.
Now, consider an in-city neighborhood in which only 26 carefully curated, heirloom homes share 534 acres of exquisite public parkland. While this may seem like an impossible dream, it is reality in Fort Lawton.