As Spring Nears, Dream of a New Rob Rice Home

Late winter rain (and snow!) storms cause us to yearn for the possibilities of spring in the Pacific Northwest, dousing the gloom of overcast skies and warming the heart with expectation.


Our Steilacoom Ridge homes are beautiful in the snow, but imagine them with our expansive landscaping in spring time! (Photo by Christina Janis)

With the extra minutes of daylight added each day, our thoughts often turn to the dream of owning a new home that has light streaming in on open and bright rooms, highlighting luxurious, rich features and flooding spaces that embrace our desired lifestyle.

Steilacoom Ridge is the place to fulfill that hope of spring, right now

There are beautifully finished Rob Rice Homes that are ready to view at this new homes community. And, by the time spring has fully arrived, five more homes are scheduled to be completed. These homes offer a window of opportunity before they are built to get in now on the local builder’s unique pre-sale program allowing you to customize your new home’s features to your personal tastes.

Finding your dream home is a tough task right now in the South Sound. There is a huge demand and the number of homes for sale is at record lows, causing prices to soar. The Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported that the median price for an existing single-family home in Pierce County rose last month to more than 11 percent over January of 2016. In Thurston County, it rose to 6.3 percent more.

Purchasing your home now, lets you lock in your price before the tight housing market demands another increase and interest rates rise. And, home buyers who have had a difficult time finding the just home they want, will sigh with relief when they see all that is waiting for them at Steilacoom Ridge!

It’s Called Gateway for a Reason

Steilacoom Ridge is located on a quiet road that winds over the Nisqually Ridge and is nestled into the evergreens of Lacey, WA. Though it has a picturesque and country-like location, this lovely community is close to some of the most exciting new and future community amenities.

Near the northern-most border of Thurston County, Steilacoom Ridge is a short drive to I-5 and within minutes of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The area is known as Hawks Prairie and it is bustling with current activity with plans for more in the future.

Nearby is one of the most exciting attractions known as the Lacey Gateway project. With the popular Cabela’s


Cabela’s and the Gateway project provide new opportunities for recreation and shopping that are within minutes of Steilacoom Ridge.

already in place, the site will be further developed for unparalleled recreation, shopping and entertainment opportunities.

The entire Hawks Prairie business area is home to big box and retail stores, coffee shops, restaurants and groceries—making nearly everything you need or want available within minutes.

Less than a mile down the road from Steilacoom Ridge is the Lacey Regional Athletic Complex (RAC), a sure win for families who enjoy walking trails and participating in soccer, baseball and other community activities. Two championship golf courses are also nearby.

 Secure Your New Home Now


Three times voted the Best of South Sound, Rob Rice has a reputation for superior construction.

Of course, it is not just the location that makes Steilacoom Ridge so attractive. Rob Rice has been voted the Best of South Sound new home builder for three years in a row and was recently featured in the newsletter. For those looking for superior construction and attention to detail, please join our satisfied buyers, many of whom will tell you that they will only buy a Rob Rice Home.

With an historically low number of homes on the market and huge demand, homes prices in our area are increasing quarterly. We are strongly encouraging buyers who want a Rob Rice Home to save money by locking in their home price now.

Choose from more than 10 available floorplans, many of which are highly-desired ramblers and downstairs master plans that have awed buyers with their soaring entries, light and bright ambiance and convenience for entertaining.

If you are looking for a completed home, the Redwood (1942 sq. ft.) is ready right now to view and the lovely Magnolia (2598 sq. ft.) will soon be completed.


You can customize your design features when you get in on our pre-sale program.

To get in on our fabulous pre-sale program that lets you choose from among designer-inspired selections of
granite or quartz counters, hardwood flooring, cabinet finishes and many other features, there are five more homes under construction that await your choices. You will need to hurry though, as these homes are progressing along quickly.

Lot 10 – The Augusta (1895 sq. ft.) a rambler and the only one of this plan in the community.

Lot 70 – The Magnolia (2598 sq. ft.) a beautiful two-story plan.

Lot 71 – The Juniper (1732 sq. ft.) a luxury rambler plan.

Lot 72 – The McKinley (2360 sq. ft.) a gorgeous two-story home.

Lot 75 – The Juniper (1732 sq. ft.) a luxury rambler plan.

Come on out to Steilacoom Ridge, drive the area and experience the surroundings of this amazing location. Then, lift winter doldrums and ignite hopes for spring by touring one of our lovely homes. Open House hours at Steilacoom Ridge are Friday through Tuesday from 12:00-5:00 pm.

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

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.