Rob Rice Homes Chosen Best of South Sound for Third Time


Rob and Helena Rice and some of their team attended the community event where they were recognized as the Best of South Sound for the third time in a row.

“Third time’s a charm” may be true for some, but luck has nothing to do with why South Sound voters pick Rob Rice as the area’s top new home builder year after year.

For the third year in a row, Rob Rice Homes was recognized as the Best of South Sound Contractor for New Construction at an event of more than 400 attendees co-hosted by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and The Olympian.

Rob Rice Homes received the top honor out of nearly 63,000 votes cast and the 132 other companies nominated in the same Best of South Sound category.

Ask any one of our homeowners and they will give you the many reasons why. We thought we would list a few.

1. Superior construction – Rob Rice is committed to standards of excellence and to building the highest quality homes. He has distinguished himself as a local developer of 20 outstanding, highly-desired communities and more than 3000 quality-built homes since he started in 1985.

Many of our homeowners are repeat buyers with us because they have come to trust our work. They tell us they will only buy a Rob Rice Home.


Rob Rice Homes has the floor plans and stylish design features that buyers are looking for today.

2. Detail, efficient and quality workRob Rice requires efficiency so that each job is done right, on time and with the highest quality. Rob can often be seen driving through his communities in his white truck to make sure the job site is clean and things are done well. He walks every home to inspect the work on it.

Whether the first house or 3,000th home, he puts the same care and attention to detail into each roof he raises over a South Sound household.

3. Stylish Features – Many buyers are surprised when they discover that the beautiful features in our homes—rich hardwood flooring, shiny granite or quartz countertops, the latest in wood cabinetry or designer backsplash tile—the things most builders consider an upgrade, are all included in the price of the home.

With the choices offered made by top designers from Signature Interiors & Design, each home is beautifully appointed with updated colors and amenities.

Olympia Parks

Our communities retain their values and mature to be lush and park-like over the years.

4. Expansive landscaping –Throughout the area, Rob Rice Homes communities are known for their expansive landscaping and picturesque green space. The well-located neighborhoods also have park-like storm water pond areas, which not only protect our environment but are also a lovely focal point in each community.

Anyone who drives through a Rob Rice Homes Community can see that they grow more beautiful every year as their thoughtfully-planned landscaping matures.

5. Popular Choices –Rob Rice Homes listens to buyers, often adding to our many floor plans in response to their desires. Today, because of a demographic shift in buyers—the biggest being the number of retirees and empty nesters—there is a significant demand for ramblers or plans with a main floor master bedroom.

Rob Rice is one of the few local builders that has a wide array of rambler and downstairs master floor plans. The Best of South Sound builder continues to add to his many selections of plans to meet any household’s dreams.

6. Lasting Value – Rob Rice Homes retain long-lasting home values, often appreciating significantly over the years. Our communities are protected also by Rob’s involvement in their Home Owners Associations, even serving on some of the boards.

Rob’s philosophy is to stay connected to a community long enough to ensure it thrives, that his vision when designing the community is maintained and that it is managed properly for many years. He has a vested interest in all of his communities because he owns homes in each one of them. Like all of our homeowners, he wants to protect his investment.

Olympia Parks

Our communities retain their values and mature to be lush and park-like over the years.

7. Ease of Purchase – Visit any Rob Rice Community and you will notice the ease of viewing our homes, an abundance of information at your fingertips, a clear and transparent process and the remarkable professionalism of the Realtors representing our homes.

From our kiosks of information at the entrance of our communities to the lockboxes on our completed homes that allow brokers access without needing to call for a key when buyers are ready, we work to ease your search for a Rob Rice home.

For our buyers’ protection, Rob Rice Homes uses Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) transaction forms that have been reviewed by top real estate attorneys and are standardized to ensure accuracy and fewer complications for the buyer and their broker.

8. Unmatched Customer Service – This should probably be the #1 reason we are considered the Best of South Sound every year.

Our job superintendents, staff and Rob Rice himself make it their top priority to respond to homeowners’ needs and questions. Rob is a local builder and is respected by the entire community, so he deeply cares that each one of his homeowners gets the attention they need.

Rob Rice chooses only Realtors to represent his homes, many with decades of experience. When working with the Realtors at Rob Rice Homes, home buyers and their agents work with our professional who voluntarily holds to a strict Code of Ethics.

Rob Rice Homes maintains the highest standards in home building with its superior construction and architecture, premium home features, genuine care of homeowners and outstanding customer service.

We are grateful that the community where we serve and live appreciates the quality of our homes and communities by recognizing us as the Best of South Sound, now for three years in a row.

Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.