Discovery Park, Seattle - In response to homebuyer requests, RISE Properties has decided to sell two landmark-status brick homes at Fort Lawton ahead of schedule. Originally planned to be the last two residences offered for sale, 4405 and 4407 Montana Circle will now be listed on November 12th with offers to be reviewed by November 16th. The homes are currently outfitted as a model home and the sales center for the Montana Circle community.
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On Friday September 25th, Rise Properties hosted an exclusive VIP preview event and reception at theHomes at Fort Lawton, welcoming executives and members of the design, development, marketing and sales teams. The event was in celebration of those who helped transform the vision into reality, from the investors who believed in the opportunity and the development team executing the project, to the sales and marketing team ensuring its success.
The evening began with a ceremonial flag raising, which heralded the transfer of the homes from government ownership and use, to private homeownership and stewardship. Then the more than 125 guests toured the model home at Montana Circle and discussed the residential opportunity at this private enclave of historic buildings surrounded by acres of park, while mingling amidst hosted bites and libations by A Platinum Events.
As part of the celebration, Rise Properties also shared a few “sneak peaks” of things to come. Guests were introduced to the “Explore Discovery Park” App, which will guide users around the historic landmark and is set to debut on October 5th. In addition, attendees watched a special trailer of the forthcoming film, The Living Legacy, which premieres October 2nd:
Gary Blakeslee, Vice President of Rise Properties, then gave a few moving remarks, as he gave accolades to the team who put their shared passion into this proud offering. Given the multi-year journey of the project, Blakeslee expressed excitement over finally being able to deliver the community to passionate homeowners who will become the new stewards of Fort Lawton’s legacy. He also noted coverage by The Magnolia Voice from 2012, in which Tucker Stevens commended the value of the property.
Stevens wrote, “I was fortunate to serve my duty in 1962 at Fort Lawton the ‘Presidio of Seattle.’ This was also the same time period as the “Seattle World’s Fair.” The feeling at the time was, when this fort closes then this will become PRIME real estate. I realize that time has come.” Now that restoration is underway and the first home at 4426 Montana Circle is on the market, that time has truly come.
Blakeslee also touched on the significant media attention, which has ranged from articles and television news segments to blogs written on popular Seattle sites. The opportunity at Fort Lawton will likely continue to receive praise, as more homes are unveiled and the story unfolds. Stephanie McMahon, the listing agent with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, says that “the development team fully expects to have all homes at Montana Circle completed, sold and occupied by the end of 2015, before movement on Officer’s Row begins in the first part of 2016.”
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Rounding out an impressive day of media attention, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer highlighted how truly unique these homes really are, even for a city who is know stranger to unique homes such as Seattle. Citing the shear fact that the homes were formerly military, the PI proclaims the Homes at Fort Lawton are "about as unique as they come."
The Homes at Fort Lawton's biggest press mention of the day is from the Seattle Times. As the largest newspaper in the state, an exhibition from the Times on the project did not go unnoticed.
Announcing the official first home to hit the market for sale, the Times chronicles the huge undertaking made by Rise Properties, who purchased the vast property from the US Navy in February. The chance to own a piece of property amidst Seattle's preeminent public park is enough to garner attention and buzz on its own, the Times notes.
As such, bidding wars are to be expected: President and CEO of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, Dean Jones, expects multiple offers on each of these extremely unique homes as they come to market.
Following the onslaught of media attention, urbnlivn, the Seattle Real Estate blog, highlighted how monumental of an event the first home going on the market it. Urbnlivn casts a light on how truly painstaking and detail-oriented of an undertaking this project is for Rise Properties.
" This wasn’t a quick flip. The developer, RISE Properties, is super passionate about the project and certainly got their hands dirty re-developing homes that were built between 1899 and 1935."
Urbnlivn eloquently showcases the homes and honors and recognizes the time and care that went into their preservation and renovation.
Where does the history of such an illustrious place as Fort Lawton begin? Why is it here? What was its function? Who were the main players in its founding? Fort Lawton’s history is such a rich tapestry—a woven story over nearly 125 years—that it is sometimes easy to lose sight of where it all began.