Buy this Home and Stalk the Seahawks

conner-homes-3.jpg A new million dollar community is springing up in Renton along the Lake Washington waterfront. The homes come ripe with views, new construction, cozy (by proximity) neighbors and opportunities to watch the Seahawks in the off season. The community is 300 feet from the new Seahawk training center

Developers Conner Homes named the new community Barbee Mill after one of Seattle’s longest living sawmills. The community recently opened its doors to the public, so I paid a visit.

Barbee Mill offers townhomes and waterfront houses starting in the $800,000’s. You’ll pay dearly for the houses, which are priced from $2.5 million.

The interiors are modern with taste and feature everything you expect in an upscale home – from hardwood floors and granite slab chef kitchens to large bonus rooms and plush tiled master bathrooms. I wasn’t able to see all floor plans, but homes have at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms.


Many homes are still under construction, but model homes are available for touring. The landscaping and “community feel” have yet to become apparent, so you may want to wait to lay down a security deposit. Many lots that currently leave room for unblocked lake views are undeveloped. I doubt that will remain, so don’t buy the home one row back thinking you’ll wake up to water pleasantry each morning. 

For the day when I’m shopping for a waterfront home, I’ll consider Renton and Newcastle. Waterfront just costs less. In Laurelhurst (Seattle), Kirkland or Bellevue, private waterfront is hard to find for less than $3.5 million. Today, I found a new construction home in Renton with 43.3’ of private waterfront for $3.175 million. I found similar homes in Seattle for nearly $10 million.

Nonetheless, Barbee Mill does provide the opportunity to live near or on the water for less than $3 million. So if you don’t mind sharing your waterfront with the neighborhood, I recommend taking a tour, even if only to catch a glimpse of a Hawk!

  • Herman

    I had a bad experience with Conner Homes. No, thanks!

  • tera.randall

    Herman: Do tell?

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  • Green Guy

    I have to ask, since no one else will: Why would anyone pay $1M to live next door to an EPA Superfund site (Quendall Terminals)? Benzene, a known carcinogen. Creosote, a suspected carcinogen below the water table with potential to migrate. Thanks, but no thanks.