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March 8, 2013

Richmond starts building 54 new houses at Seola Gardens

Photo courtesy King County Housing Authority [enlarge]

Construction has started on new houses at Seola Gardens, a mixed-income neighborhood in White Center developed by King County Housing Authority.

Seola Gardens will have about 300 households, with both rental and for-sale housing, when it is complete. The neighborhood borders Lakewood Park at Fifth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 109th Street.

A national homebuilder, Richmond American Homes, bought 54 lots and is building three- or four-bedroom houses at Seola Gardens.

Five floor plans will be offered, and base prices range from $224,950 for a 1,520-square-foot home to $284,950 for a 2,520-square-foot home, all with garages.

Buyers can select flooring, paint, tile, fixtures and cabinets, as well as a covered porch, media center and other upgrades.

The first six homes should be done by May.

Qualified buyers can get financing and insurance through HomeAmerican Mortgage and American Home Insurance, which are affiliated with Richmond.

The Three-Star Built Green community is designed for above-average energy and water efficiency.

The site was developed during World War II as a public housing community called Park Lake Homes II.

Seola Gardens also has a mid-rise building for seniors and adults with disabilities operated by Providence Health & Services of Washington.

There are sidewalks, trails, public art, community center and services nearby.

The model home is open daily.

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