By Meghan Hall
Atlanta, Ga.-based Pulte Homes, the third largest home construction company in the United States, is continuing to buy up property in the town of Bothell, Wash. According to Snohomish County public documents dating to June 13, Pulte Homes formally purchased the Country Village Shops located at 23710 Bothell Everett Highway for approximately $11.23 million. The seller was the Loveless Family, who has owned the property for decades.
Country Village has been home to an array of artisan shops and local events since it opened in the 1980s, and the retail center was home to as many as 45 businesses such as The Write Stuff, a pen shop, and Doll House Baked Goods. Composed of an eclectic mix of commercial buildings, parts of the complex, such as the Whitehouse Antiques and Candy Shop building, dated to 1901. According to public documents, Pulte Homes plans to redevelop the 7-acre site into a 114-unit townhome complex called “Urbane Village II.” Urbane Village I, located at 626 238th Pl. SE., is just adjacent to the Country Village project site is already near completion.
Pulte Homes is marketing the Urbane Village I community on its website. The community has three home designs available — known as Residence I, Residence II and Residence III — and pricing begins at just under $610,000 per home. Residence I is the smallest floorplan and are interior units that are about 1,801 square feet; Residence II homes are just slightly at 1,805 feet. Residence II homes are the largest and as end units, are 2,247 square feet in size. Home features can include granite slab countertops in the kitchen, maple recessed cabinets, a cedar deck, tile shower walls with a glass enclosure and stainless steel appliances. Engineered hardwood is also included in the entry, kitchen and café areas of the homes.
Pulte began presales of the Urbane Village community in August 2018.
“This community offers residents the perfect location for vibrant city living with convenient access to modern amenities, major freeways and transit, and downtown Bothell,” said Taylor Mize, vice president of sales for the Pacific Northwest division of Pulte Homes in a statement. “It’s an ideal place to be for young professionals, growing families, and anyone who dreams of life in the city.”
Pulte also owns the Meadows at Palm Creek development in Bothell at 21622 35th Ave. SE. The single-family detached homes have between four and six bedrooms and pricing starts at just over $1.1 million.
The Country Village Shops closed this past spring as Pulte prepares to move forward with the development. According to industry reporting, the Loveless family had tried for some time to find a developer who would keep the shops open, but was unsuccessful, as were numerous local petitions to City officials to keep the shops intact. Since its founding, Pulte Homes as delivered more than 700,000 homes and has operations in approximately 50 of the nation’s major metro markets. In its projects, the construction company aims to serve all major consumer groups from first-time to move-up to retired buyers.