Rob Rice Homes in Kensington: A Close Sense of Community

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

When you own a home in the Rob Rice Community of Kensington, Stonegate or Lexington, everything is close, just a stone’s throw from anything you might need or want to do.

By the time Rob Rice finishes building the lovely homes in Kensington, the last of the three communities off of College Street in South he will have built 446 homes in all these great locations. There are reasons that so many homes in this close community have been bought up in recent years.

No other place could offer a homeowner more convenience.

Everything within reach

Need milk or groceries or a prescription filled? Two major grocery stores and a pharmacy are less than a mile away. The Intercity Transit bus stops right on the corner next to the community of Kensington.

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Less than a half a mile down College Street, Lacey Crossroads Shopping Center provides restaurants, a Thrive Community Fitness center, a local watering hole called Hop Jacks that boasts the coldest beer in town, a place for a great haircut at Sport Cuts and many more businesses, all within walking distance.

“People walk here all the time to drop off mail,” says Melissa the manager of the PostNet at Crossroads. “They can escape the hassle of the Post Office by coming to a place right near their home.”

The owner of the unique Bark Avenue Pet Supplies & Food Store says homeowners walk their dogs to the store just to get a free treat from the owner of the shop. “My customers tell me that once they turn into Lacey Crossroads their dog starts pulling them toward our store.”

Homeowners there now will tell you that they moved to the area for that sense of community and closeness.

“When I was working, I lived in a big house by I-5, but I moved to this close knit community once I retired and it is ideal,” says Susan, a homeowner in Stonegate right next to Kensington, who does her banking down the street, enjoys being right by a Lowes and says she is looking forward to the new Walmart “neighborhood market” currently under construction around the corner on Yelm Highway. “I knew everything would be close and easy to get to.”

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

For just some quiet time driving golf balls, Capitol City Golf Club is down on the corner. Medical facilities and the top area hospital are also nearby and local elementary, middle and high schools are just minutes away for families with school-aged children. The entrance to I-5 is also a short distance down the road.

“I built here because I could see the vision for this corner of the community that was accessible to so many amenities that homeowners care about,” says Rob Rice, the 2013 Best of South Sound builder. “Our homeowners love the convenience of a short walk to area shopping, parks, & more.

Parks and Trails Galore

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

Rob’s vision for this corner of Lacey was also encouraged as he watched the city build Rainier Vista Park, one of Lacey’s jewels with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. Many homeowners from these Rob Rice Communities gather to watch their kids play soccer or baseball there or have a family picnic in one of the park shelters. It is a great spot to view Lacey’s fireworks display every Fourth of July when neighbors and kids in pajamas gather in the park parking lot.

The Western Chehalis Trail provides a beautiful border to all three of these Rob Rice neighborhoods. The paved Trail runs north and south through the heart of Thurston County and has excellent biking, jogging and walking opportunities for homeowners to enjoy tranquil and refreshing outdoor recreation all year long.

“We are within three blocks of the amazingly beautiful Trail,” says Susan. “My grandson and I ride our bikes over there and enjoy it immensely.”


Photo courtesy of Barb Lally

It is hard to imagine a place that could offer more convenience than the Rob Rice Community of Kensington in Lacey. Add to the neighborhood amenities carefree front lawns, luxury ramblers and 2-story homes with premium features that can rarely be found without paying for upgrades, this lovely community is a real find for anyone look for their next home and neighborhood.

Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013. 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.



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