It's not too late for you to be part of one of Seattle's most historic and unique communities. In fact, there are just three homes at Fort Lawton and our sponsor, Fort Lawton Homes, gave us a VIP tour of this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
"The opportunity is so unique, it's not on people's radar," said Gary Blakeslee, Developer with Rise Properties. "For people looking for a home, it doesn't occur to them to look for this home."
Just 15 minutes north of downtown Seattle, and tucked away in the heart of Discovery Park, sit 26 homes off limits to the public for more than a century.
"All of Discovery Park used to be a Fort, explained Blakeslee. "The location was obtained by the federal government as a potential point of defense for Navy warships coming in to attack Seattle from the Pacific Ocean. There's a tremendous story here, and it's hard to get in the details because it's military and government, and they don't make that all available. But, the community knows about the military here and the history. It's not all good, but most of it is something we can be proud of."
Developer Gary Blakeslee and his crew made it their mission to maintain the homes' historic character, but also bring them into the 21st century.
"They were very well maintained institutional housing," continued Blakeslee. "They had all of the sturdy bones that were there at the very beginning."
For families like the Deckers, who just moved in, the community is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to live in a 534-acre park surrounded by miles of trails, beaches and gorgeous views.
"Obviously the park is amazing," said Jacob Decker, new homeowner. "When you pull right up, it's easy to see yourself here, the kids here."
"When we came here, I was with the kids, and we went through the open house with the agent, and I was just imagining them playing outside all day, and having a mix of the city experience growing up with a true outdoor experience," continued Carmen Decker, new homeowner.
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