Olympia homes are like no other when they are done by Rob Rice Homes.
This new house recently completed at 3808 77th Avenue SE in Olympia, WA, has unique luxurious appointments and is located on special acreage that carries many happy family memories for Kim Showalter, co-owner of Epic Realty, Inc. and one of the listing brokers.
The acreage is a portion of a larger family farm that has been in Kim’s family for nearly 80 years and was recently purchased by Rob Rice to build the house now graciously set on its landscape.
“My grandfather, father, and aunt enjoyed raising cattle and horses on this land,” says Kim, the daughter of Dennis Andrews, founder of Gemini Homes, the company that is now Rob Rice Homes.
It is a must-see for anyone who desires the beauty of a country setting but wants to be close-in to convenient shopping and community amenities. The stunning features of the home itself have unparalleled appeal for anyone looking for a superior-built Rob Rice Home on acreage.
Quiet Country, Close in
Drive down the country road to this 1.5-acre property and it is hard to imagine that it is only minutes to Yelm Highway with its home improvement store, coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores.
As you near the home, you can hear birds chirping and see hawks circling over decades-old oaks and maples.
“It is peaceful here, very natural,” says Kim as she points to the treehouse next door that her cousins once built. “We changed as little as we could to preserve the original character of the property.”
Once inside the brand new two-story beauty, the country views are seen through its many windows. The formal dining room windows frame a view of Kim’s grandfather’s original red barn, now part of one of her sister’s family property.
The bonus room on the second floor overlooks horses and cattle grazing in the fields beyond in her mother’s pastures. Kim says that as child she spent hours sitting on logs on the edge of the farm pond there eating grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade potato soup with her grandmother, who was once a cook at East Olympia Elementary (now the Waldorf School location).
“It’s funny, in today’s terms, this would be a ‘beautiful, natural wetland’,” reflects Kim. “When we were growing up watching the pollywogs and frogs, we just called it the ‘swamp’ and a perfect place for picnics with Grandma Andrews.”
The Tumwater School District is another attraction to the home with its current award-winning East Olympia Elementary School. This unique home with all its special features has so much to offer.
Stunning Olympia Homes
Special care was taken to select the luxurious features for this floorplan with its 3225 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms and bonus room.
“The difference in this home is that we went with high-end finishes, many of which that we had not yet used in our homes, making it truly unique,” says Kim.
Rob Rice Homes Design Consultant Deanna Collins of Signature Interiors and Design had a special meeting to choose those finishes with Kim and Helena Rice, who oversees the exterior and interior design choices for each Rob Rice Home.
“The kitchen in this home is one of the most elaborate we have ever built,” says Helena. “It is truly a chef’s kitchen and an entertainer’s dream in a country setting.”
That kitchen includes a large farm sink, an espresso-stained island with “Snow White” quartz counters and “Antique White” alder cabinets with “Retroclassique Silver” subway tile on the walls between.
The hardwood flooring resembles barn wood, drawing in the rural setting. The kitchen boasts a double oven in addition to an upgraded KitchenAid six-burner gas stovetop and oven and a wine refrigerator for the entertaining chef.
The second floor has a full laundry room with lovely tile counters, a sink with “Mosaics Gemstone” backsplash and another lovely second floor view.
Walking into the master bedroom suite is like being in another world that peacefully overlooks the lovely mature trees that have been on the property for many years.
Enjoy the view from the soaking tub with surround tile in the large master bath with its lovely vanity in “Maltese Porto Cream” and double sinks set in white quartz counters with deco tile backsplash. There is also a tall “Lucente Certosa Pattern Mosaic” tile shower with an all-glass door and a walk-in closet.
This Must Be Experienced
“The entire neighborhood along this country road has long-time residents who enjoy family as neighbors,” Kim describes. “It is such a great setting for this home that is like none other Rob Rice Homes has ever built.”
For those looking for the calm of country living, as well as easy access to convenient shopping and services, Olympia homes by Rob Rice Homes are a great opportunity to make wonderful new memories.
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.