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Located in desirable
Hawks Prairie, this attractive 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features an
open floor plan, move in ready, and a great location. All bedrooms
are upstairs & are generously sized. The master suite includes
a bath with a walk-in closet and skylights. Downstairs features a
gas fireplace with new laminate flooring in living & formal
dining rooms. Backyard is fully fenced and has patio off the dining
room. New fridge, stove and microwave. Within walking distance to
major shopping; 2min/freeway and 10min/Ft Lewis. Free 1 year home
area has for many, many years enjoyed a lovely swath of forest
& river (namely Fort Lewis and the Nisqually Delta) to the
north, separating us from the metropolitan central Puget Sound.
But we do have all the little gems of city city life- great
theaters, music, political sideshows, etc. We just get to enjoy
them in a more relaxed, personal setting.
The slow pace fosters a whole
bunch of wonderful family-owned businesses too. And because they
operate on personal scale, they are unique from each other, and
very different from the big stores selling so much of the same
stuff in strip mall after strip mall (I just returned from Tucson,
if you want to hear about strip malls).
It also means we rely on each other to share when we find a new
gem! So I am doing my duty as a South Sounder to bring you news of
yet another wonderful Winery, right in our backyard!
A couple weeks ago I was driving through the Hawk's Prairie area
of Lacey (NE of I-5, out near Cabela's & Shipwreck Beads in the
Meridian Campus area) after showing some houses. I was headed
toward the I-5 exit off Marvin Rd and saw the small sign out of the
corner of my eye. My car decided to follow it (my car is well
trained to look for things like this). After going past some sports
fields I saw some metal buildings. Thankfully it was a Sunday, they
were open for tasting!
I was greeted by the proprietors (not pictured) and the very
friendly wine greeters/ wine guardians (pictured). Inside was much
as you would imagine a metal building housing a wine makers to be:
full of wine in barrels and a small counter at which to sample
& chat & purchase.
I was on my way to lunch, so was
not able to stay too long or try everything, but the proprietors
were very friendly and I was able to sample a few of their
Of course they have the Washington classics: Cab sauv from Red
Mountain grapes, a Yakima Riesling and even a couple Chardonnay-
they are very proud of their unoaked.
Right now (March 2009) they have a small batch of a Raspberry
white wine blend which I liked (I am not a big fan of these
usually) as it is not sweet, but tart. It is undergoing a secondary
fermentation in the bottle, so it would be a lot of fun to use a
variety of ways. I am thinking summery vinaigrette? Maybe a special
sparkling mixer? I told my restauranteur friends to check it
My personal favorite (and the wine I took
home that day): a dry Gewurztraminer! I loved this wine! It was
light and dry and really balanced. In fact, it is all gone now. I
need more. So I have to go back soon, and this time I will try more
of what they have to offer. (For those who wine-shop by the eye,
they do have a lovely label- the whole local artist / local
business connection is great.)
I hope all you South Sound wine lovers take some time to stop in
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 to 4.
Directions: From I-5 take Exit 111 to North on Marvin Rd (I-5 is
going east-west at this point) past the 2nd roundabout, and watch
for the little sign on the Left and follow to the shop.
The address (and map link): 2825 Marvin Rd NE, Lacey
If you are moving the the Olympia / Ft Lewis area and believe
that small businesses like this winery are important to your
quality of life, I would love to help you make this your home and
learn about the area. (And all those shops!)
I help Buyers, Sellers & Investors throughout the South Puget
Sound buy & sell homes.
Call me or email me with any questions, or CLICK HERE to find homes for sale in
NE Lacey near the winery.
Straight from the mouth of Fred Meyer development directors
regarding the Hawks Prairie area just north of Lacey, WA they have
identified this as a "over-retailed" corridor based on demographics
alone. To give you some perspective here is an abbreviated
version of the whole story -
Hawks Prairie has grown tremendously over recent years and the
boom has seen retail landlords scrambling to pick up as much dirt
as possible to land the next big box or brand name client.
This cut throat industry is mind numbing when you consider some of
the updated statistics on how many developments are coming out of
One of the major developers "donated" 25 acres to Cabela's to
draw them in, although that wasn't enough, the City of Lacey also
had to provide $10M in improvements in that ultimately will come
That development has over 3,000,000 SF of retail/office space
available for lease.
Directly East of this is a 35 acre site that has 350,000 SF for
lease and sits right on the interchange.
North of this is another site approximately 9 acres that has
space for lease.
A national developer has a 20 acre chunk up for lease just NW of
this particular space.
We already have Costco, Home Depot, Walmart, Safeway, LA
Fitness, and many other national retailers in the market......who
else do they think they are going to fill these spaces with???
Are we over retailed? Or will this turn into the "Field of
Dreams" and "If you build it, they will come?"
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