The heirloom Homes at Fort Lawton in Discovery Park are unmatched in their offerings—from the charming historic architecture with current interiors, to the sweeping vistas of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, to the surrounding hundreds of acres of protected parklands. And all of this just minutes from downtown Seattle. It’s an opportunity to live in a landmark while enjoying a town and country lifestyle matchless anywhere in the United States.
In February we learned that RISE Properties Trust has paid $9.5M for the 26 Colonial Revival residences leftover from Fort Lawton in Discovery Park. Friday, RISE announced that it will begin restoring the homes for future sale. The restored Fort Lawton neighborhood will feature two distinct enclaves, Montana Circle and Officers' Row. The homes vary in size from two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex-style homes of 1,700-sq. ft. up to single-family mansions, including the General's House which is a six-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion of more than 6,600-sq. ft. RISE will be working within the guidelines established by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. While the nostalgic exteriors are being expertly refurbished and preserved, the interiors will undergo "a substantial renovation to harmonize the historic past with modern-day, residential amenities and conveniences." No word yet on how much they'll be asking for the homes, but we're going to guess the General's House fetches a pretty solid price. In the meantime, you can stay updated by registered at the Fort Lawton Homes website.
Seattle has no shortage of unique homes, but these century-old historic former military homes are about as unique as they come. The best part? They'll be on the market in just a few short weeks.
The homes, which were originally part of former military base Fort Lawton, occupy nine acres in Seattle's Discovery Park. The homes are expected to hit the market near the end of September, and people can begin moving in as early as October, said Gary Blakeslee, a principal at RISE Properties. The private real estate investment fund acquired the portfolio of homes in 2013, and has been restoring them since July of this year.
"The toughest part is behind us," Blakeslee said, referring to the arduous, bureaucratic process of readying historic homes for public sale. "We all recognize the responsibility of conserving the living legacy of Fort Lawton, while at the same time creating a distinctive residential community."
A total of 26 homes will be for sale, ranging from modest two-bedroom homes of 1,700-sq. ft. to the General's House, a 6,600-sq. ft. mansion. No price information is available, but interested parties can register to receive more information here. The sale of the properties will be in two phases, said Blakeslee. Half the homes in a development called Montana Circle will be sold first, followed by the remaining homes in an area called Officer's Row. He expects all 13 homes in Montana Circle to be sold by year's end.
The company is restoring the homes based on guidelines established by the City of Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board. The homes were built in the Colonial Revival style of architecture, and maintaining their original integrity is key. Meanwhile, the interiors will undergo extensive remodels to make them contemporary living spaces with plenty of modern amenities and conveniences.
The fort itself dates back to 1900, and was established to protect Puget Sound from a naval attack. It was designed to accommodate up to 3,500 men. The city purchased and established the land as a public park 1968, and the structures were added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1978. The fort was officially decommissioned in 2011.
Owners of these unique properties can also expect to benefit from all that Discovery Park has to offer, including two miles of protected beaches and dramatic sea cliff views. The park is Seattle's largest urban park, spanning 534 acres.