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Fort Lawton Homes Celebrate the Summer in Seattle

By Jane Robinson July 12, 2017


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sponsored by Fort Lawton

Summer is the most glorious time of the year in Seattle, and there’s no better place to celebrate summer than Fort Lawton, in Discovery Park.

Only four homes remain for sale at Fort Lawton, three of them priced below $2 million. Summer days (and evenings!) are the best time to visit and appreciate this rare opportunity to own a piece of Seattle’s history, and create a legacy for future generations, all within fully updated and luxurious interiors. 

Overlooking the Sound and Olympic Mountains, Discovery Park is Seattle’s 534-acre crown jewel. It features rolling meadows, forest groves, striking cliffs, bubbling streams, 12 miles of verdant trails, two miles of driftwood-strewn beaches, a landmark lighthouse and spectacular views. Pick blackberries and huckleberries as you stroll down to the beach to build a driftwood fort with the kids or grandkids. Pack a picnic and bring a bucket to gather berries for pie.

Discovery Park is Seattle’s premier birding hotspot, with its diversity of habitats hosting more than 270 species. Watch hummingbirds zoom by and ospreys soar overhead, while red-winged blackbirds call from the bushes and ducks dabble for food.

Down at the shoreline, see river otters swim by or the occasional orca in the distance. Find geoducks, moon snails, sea anemones and other tiny creatures at low tide. You might even come across a baby seal on the north beach, protected by a cordon of caution tape.

The Fort Lawton community provides fabulous resident-only outdoor spaces: two gazebo terraces with gas fire pits, two tot lots with modern, interactive play structures, and three p-patches.

Fort Lawton’s 26 Colonial-revival Officers Row homes embrace and celebrate the park. Generous windows fill the homes with light, while enormous wrap-around porches and large lots provide an unsurpassed place to gather on warm, sunny days, and look out at the park, Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island, and the Cascade and Olympic mountains. During the winter, porches become a protected first-row-seat to approaching storms in your otherwise abandoned 534 acre front yard. Guests will marvel at the turn-of-the century homes’ grand entrances, stately solid wood doors and moldings, magnificent fireplaces, elegant built-in cabinets, solid oak and maple hardwood floors, and massive stone foundations, all restored by a world-class team.

Interiors have been thoroughly updated to contemporary standards, while retaining the charm of historic detailing and quality of materials.  The light-filled open kitchens feature custom Belmont cabinetry, quartz countertops, inspiring artistic tile backsplashes, and Miele appliances with gas cooking. The bathrooms have tile flooring and wainscoting, in-floor heating in the master bath, designer mirrors and lighting, and custom wallcoverings in the powder room, inspired by the flora and fauna of the park. Behind the walls, enjoy completely new electrical, plumbing and heating systems.

Fort Lawton owners have more time to enjoy summer in Seattle, thanks to turnkey homes in perfect condition, and a community association that takes care of yard work, gutter cleaning and painting, while also maintaining the common areas. And due to the homes’ landmark status, you won’t have to worry about someone blocking your view or changing the character of your neighborhood. In addition, a historic preservation program significantly reduces property taxes for 10 years. 

To learn more about the homes at Officer’ Row and take a look inside, visit


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