Imagine the exciting options available in a new home built by the Best of South Sound builder Rob Rice at Steilacoom Ridge with its ideal location, choice of 10 rambler, main floor master, or two-story floorplans and the option of selecting fabulous design features to customize the home to your personal taste.

Real estate brokers from King and Pierce counties are discovering this gem of a community that has easy access to I-5 and so many options for buyers during a time in the market when home inventory is limited, ramblers are scarce and homes prices are soaring.

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Realtor Lori Lewandowski, a top Pierce County broker, says Steilacoom Ridge has the ramblers and location so many are looking for. Photo courtesy: Lori Lewandowski

“There are very few ramblers in Pierce and King County,” says Lori Lewandowski, a top producing Realtor from Pierce County. “When they come available, they are snapped up! It’s even hard to find a bedroom of any kind on the main floor. The lack of inventory in the $400K or below range is tough.”

“Rob Rice builds a great home,” Lori continues. “I have sold homes in both his Thurston and Pierce County locations. Steilacoom Ridge is a wonderful community close to all areas. It will be worth the drive for Pierce and Thurston families. It’s actually a perfect location.”

Come Plan Your Home with Us

Ground has just been broken for homes at Steilacoom Ridge with a few to be completed by early November. Fortunately, right now buyers have the rare opportunity to choose from more than 70 larger premium lots, pick their floorplan and get in on the local builder’s unparalleled “pre-sale program.”

“This is the chance of a lifetime to come in at ground level and be able to select from our design choices for doors, paint colors and exterior stone,” explains Christina Janis, who along with Lucia Arroyo represents Rob Rice Homes at Steilacoom Ridge. “Then at our Design Center they can coordinate their choices of hardwood flooring, quartz or granite kitchen counters, cabinet stains and designer backsplash tile. At Olympia Lighting, they can choose from our options for lighting fixtures. People are totally amazed it is all included in the price of the home.”

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Realtors Christina Janis (right) and Lucia Arroyo (left) welcome buyers looking for a superior built home at Steilacoom Ridge. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes.

“For most of our pre-sale buyers, this is not their first rodeo. Many retirees and empty nesters are looking for their forever home and know what they want. The pre-sale program allows them to make their home uniquely theirs.”

The Goldilocks Effect

These new South Sound homes range in size from 1,732 square feet to 2,598 square feet and have a special appeal to those looking to downsize and invest their hard-earned equity into more carefree living while still enjoying the luxuries of a superior-built home.

“When their kids go off to college and it is just Mom and Dad, they don’t want to maintain a large lot, but still want the space when the kids come home,” explains Lucia. “Steilacoom Ridge is just right for those empty nesters.”

The lots and floorplans are perfect for those who desire active living, too.

“A retired couple recently visited us to look at the Juniper rambler, says Christina. “They have an acre of land and are so done with it. They considered senior apartments, but were not quite ready to give up a yard because they still wanted a garden.”

“With a floorplan like the Spruce, many retirees envision the use of all four bedrooms—the master, one as a hobby room, another as an office and one for the kids when they come home,” Lucia notes. “They love the storage space, too.”

Perfect Location

Ideally located in a rural Northwest setting, Steilacoom Ridge has an abundance of open space and recreational areas and is within minutes of I-5 and a short commute to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).

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Get in on the ground level and plan your new home with your personal choices! Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes.

Just over a mile down the road is the beautiful Lacey Regional Athletic Complex, with its trails, picnic areas and playing fields. There is plenty of shopping nearby in the Hawks Prairie business district in Lacey, too.

“You have the amenities of urban living without being in the middle of the city,” explains Christina.

Both Christina and Lucia are wives of now retired military and they understand what this ideal location means to military buyers.

“Everything you need is within minutes here,” notes Lucia. “I rarely needed to go to the base for anything.”

“We are close to JBLM and American Lake (VA hospital),” Christina adds. “Military families don’t want to be living in Eatonville and spend four hours a day getting to their doctor appointment. A recent buyer told me that that is exactly why he bought his home here, because of easy access to the freeway.”

Quality Assured

“Many Pierce County Realtors are looking at our homes here in Thurston County realizing their buyers can get more for their money,” says Christina. “One broker recently left me a message saying, ‘I have never seen a home this beautiful with such quality through and through; your builder is amazing.’”

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The unique pre-sale program lets buyers choose their lot, floorplan and interior and exterior finishes. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes.

Lucia encourages buyers to do their own internet search to know more about the integrity and reliability of the local builder, Rob Rice.

“You will find so much information about the quality of his homes and communities. That speaks volumes. I am proud to work with this builder and anyone would be proud to own one of his homes.”

Open house hours are Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

Learn more about Steilacoom Ridge at Rob Rice Homes’ website.

For more information, please contact Christina Janis at or call 360-888-2295 or contact Lucia Arroyo at or call 360-489-7478.

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