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Another Sale at our Saddlebrook Community

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 18, 2014

We have exciting news! We just had another sale over the weekend at our beautiful new home community in Renton, Washington -Saddlebrook.

These buyers chose to go with the Madrona floor plan, which features 3,462 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, a 3 car garage, two story entry, large master suite, and covered patio with huge backyard! This is the same floor plan as our model home at Saddlebrook.

This sale leaves only 15 homes left for sale at Saddlebrook. Saddlebrook, located in the Renton Highlands, features some of the biggest lots for new homes in the City of Renton. All homes will feature large covered patios and 3 car garages. In addition, many of the new homes will have views of Mt. Rainier. Buyers can choose from six different floor plans, including the Alki B, Broadway, Cambridge, Madrona, and two new floor plans about to be released.

Visit the model home at Saddlebrook and fall in love with the quality of an American Classic Home. Our standard features list goes on and on, and includes rich millwork, 10′ ceilings on the main floor,  high end stainless steel appliances, slab granite countertops, real hardwood floors, and so much more. The model home, located at 6619 NE 1st St Renton, WA 98059 is open Thursday to Monday, from Noon to Dusk.

4 Model Homes Now Open!

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight | Posted: January 23, 2014

Have you heard the news?

All 4 of our brand new communities (Cornerstone Estates, Lakeside Estates, Pine Grove, & Saddlebrook) have model homes open!  These communities are located in various Seattle metro-area cities including Sammamish, Renton, & Mercer Island. Below is a short summary of each community and it’s model home hours!

Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish, WA 98074)

Model Location:
2275 237th Lane NE
Sammamish, WA 98074
Th-M Noon-Dusk

This community is located on the Plateau of Sammamish and features Lake Washington Schools! This neighborhood will feature 7 homes on large and private lots. The tree-lined cul-de-saq will offer great privacy in addition to a community basketball court. All homes will feature covered patios. Click to see more on Cornerstone Estates

Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island, WA 98040)

Model Location:
9948 SE 38th St
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Sat & Sun 1-4PM

Lakeside Estates is a beautiful, quiet, and private street overlooking Lake Washington while being minutes away from downtown Seattle and Bellevue. This community features 5 luxury estate homes (only1  left!), some with views of Lake Washington and Bellevue. Click to see more on Lakeside Estates

Pine Grove (Sammamish, WA 98075)

Model Location:
22406 SE 20th St
Sammamish, WA 98075
Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

Pine Grove, another premier site by American Classic Homes, is a small neighborhood of 3 homes backing to a protected wetland. The homes receive access from a small private lane. Pine Grove homeowners will enjoy having their kids go to the award winning Skyline High School, Pine Lake Middle School, and Brand New Creekside Elementary School. Pine Lake Park is just a stroll away as well as shopping and other Plateau amenities. All homes have amazing greenbelt views, no neighbors behind, spectacular great rooms, 10′ Ceilings, 8′ doors, huge entertaining decks, and tons of natural light. Click to see more on Pine Grove

Saddlebrook (Renton, WA 98059)

Model Location:
6619 NE 1st St
Renton, WA 98059
Th-M Noon-Dusk

Saddlebrook, American Classic Homes’ newest community, is located in the Highlands of Renton and features Renton Schools! This neighborhood will feature 17 homes on some of the largest home sites (10,000+ sq ft) in the Renton Highlands. All homes will feature 3 car garages and covered patios. Numerous homes will have views of Mt. Rainier. Click to see more on Saddlebrook



New Pricing at Pine Grove & Lakeside Estates

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 27, 2013

We have good news for buyers looking for new homes in Sammamish & Mercer Island!


We have just released revised pricing for these two beautiful Seattle, WA metro area new home communities. Will you be one of the lucky few to snatch one of these homes at an incredible price? Come take a look, either by visiting one of our weekly open houses, or scheduling an appointment with the site agent.


Pine Grove- An elegant new home community just North of Pine Lake in Sammamish, WA

Lot 1: $739,950, Fremont Plan, 3,150 SQ FT

Lot 2: $729,950, Fremont Plan, 3,150 SQ FT

Lot 3: $744,950, Camano Plan, 3,260 SQ FT

Site agent: Cory Brandt, 206.419.2679,


Lakeside Estates- A luxury new home community just off E Mercer Way on Mercer Island, WA

Lot 1: $1,399,950, Roanoke Plan, 3,420 SQ FT

Lot 2: $1,598,950, Islander Plan, 3,879 SQ FT

Site agent: Kathy Beckes, 206.618.2586,




American Classic Homes is your first choice when it comes to Seattle metro area builders. We build all over the metro area including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and more!

One Home Left at Panther Ridge!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 21, 2013

American Classic Homes Fairmont

Have you heard the news?

Now is your last chance to buy one of the beautiful brand new quality homes at our Panther Ridge community, located in the Talbot area of Renton, WA.


The last home available is located on lot 16, at the end of a quiet cul-de-saq and adjacent to a small park with play area. The Fairmont plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a den, and a bonus room with a closet. The plan features a great room living concept with a spacious open island kitchen with breakfast bar plus  a walk-in pantry. There’s also a dining room with coffered ceilings and crown moldings. The private master retreat offers vaulted ceilings and a relaxing master bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower, vanity with double sinks, and a large walk-in closet.


Check out more photos of this newly constructed Renton home at

If this home sounds like “the one” for you, please contact our listing agent, Thuan Howard, at 425.445.3252 or email her at


American Classic Homes is a local Washington state new home builder. We build homes all over King County, including but not limited to Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Seattle. American Classic Homes is also your a premier Seattle Washington custom home builder. We build custom homes all over the Seattle metro area.

New Home Construction at 5 Year High

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 23, 2013


Have you heard the news?

According to a recent New York Times article, the number of building permits for new homes reached a 5 year high. In fact, a survey last Tuesday (9/17) showed that confidence among home builders remained near an eight-year high in September, with builders optimistic about prospective buyer traffic.


According to the United States Department of Commerce, construction starts on single-family homes rose 7 percent to an annual rate of 628,000 units last month (August), which is the highest level in six months. On the other hand, construction of apartments and condominiums fell by 11.1 percent. This drop is thought to be due to higher mortgage rates, increased material costs, and labor shortages. The drop in multifamily construction limited the rise in overall housing starts to an 891,000-unit annual rate, significantly smaller than the 917,000-unit rate economists had expected.


American Classic Homes is confident about the real estate market too! We have several actively selling new home communities, along with some new neighborhoods under construction. Check out Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island) with only two homes left!, Pine Grove (Sammamish), Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish), and Saddlebrook (Renton). We also build custom homes. Call Michale Gladstein (206.799.0854), one of American Classic Homes’ partners, for more details.


American Classic Homes, a new home builder in the Seattle Metro area, builds new homes in Seattle, Sammamish, Renton, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.




An Update On Our New Home Communities

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2013

Here’s a quick breakdown (with photos) of all of our new home communities:

Brookefield North:


Brookefield North is now sold out and the last homes under construction are nearing completion.

Cornerstone Estates:


Cornerstone Estates is almost ready for its debut. All the utilities and sidewalks have been put in, the street has been paved, and landscaping has been installed. In addition, playground equipment was recently installed and construction of the model home has now started. We are expecting the model to be completed in approximately 60-80 days. Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Eden’s Grove:


Eden’s Grove is now sold out and all homes have now been built.

Lakeside Estates:


Lakeside Estates construction is roaring. 3 of the 5 homes are currently sold. Lot 1 just had drywall installed, Lot 2 is getting interior paint, Lot 3 is getting prepared for hardwood floor installation , lot 4 is getting carpet & landscaping installed, and lot 5 is at the framing stage. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own a home in Mercer Island’s newest new home community, Lakeside Estates! Call Kathy Beckes (206.618.2568), the listing agent for more info.

Panther Ridge:


Panther Ridge has one home left for sale, don’t miss out! The last homes under construction are nearing completion! Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Pine Grove:

Pine Grove in Sammamish, WA built by Seattle new home builder American Classic Homes.

Pine Grove is moving along fast. Lots 1 & 2 are having insulation installed and siding should be going up shortly. Lot 3 is currently having its foundation back filled. All 3 homes are available for sale! Call Cory Brant (206.419.2679), the listing agent for more details.



Saddlebrook is almost ready for its debut. All the utilities and sidewalks have been put in, the street has been paved, and landscaping has been installed. An entry monument has also been installed. Construction of the model home has now started. We are expecting the model to be completed in approximately 90 days. Call Thuan Howard (425.445.3252), the listing agent for more details.

Windsor Circle:


Windsor Circle is now sold out and all homes have now been built.

Mirror, Mirror, Where Shall I Place You On The Wall

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: August 2, 2013


American Classic Homes, your local family-owned Eastside Builder, has some simple tips on mirror placement courtesy of Fox News Magazine.

  • Use large mirrors in small rooms. Mirrors add the feeling of depth to a room, making it feel larger. Try placing a large mirror across from a beautiful piece of artwork, or on the wall above a dining room table, making it reflect the beautiful chandelier in its view.
  • Don’t put mirrors on a wall “just because.” Mirrors need to reflect something worth looking at. One of the worst design mistakes is hanging mirrors up reflecting random things. Try to avoid mirrors reflecting any clutter that you may have.
  • Make mirrors focal points. Large free standing mirrors can make a great focal point. Considering leaning a large mirror up against a wall or in a corner to use as a focal point.
  • Use mirrors sparingly in kitchens and bedrooms. Mirrors generally don’t work too well in kitchens, since kitchens get dirty daily, and water can splash everywhere, leaving unsightly water marks. As to mirrors in bedrooms, try to avoid having your mirror reflect your bed, it’s just not a great look. Do you really want to see yourself right after you wake up? If you really need a mirror in your bedroom, hang  a mirror above your headboard.
  • Use Feng Shui with mirrors. According to the rules of Feng Shui, mirrors attract a strong element of water. A great place to hang them is above the fireplace, as fire is balanced with the element of water, bringing good energy to the room.
  • No to mirrors on ceilings. Placing mirrors on ceilings is just plain tacky.
  • Use mirrors in narrow areas. Consider placing smaller horizontal mirrors in narrow places such as hallways and stairwells, as they will make the spaces feel much larger and welcoming.


Now that you have all these great tips,  you need an exceptional home to use them in. If you’re interested in building a custom home, give American Classic Homes a call to schedule a free consultation. We have been building custom homes all over the Seattle Metro area and Eastside. Call 206.799.8504 to schedule a free personal one on one meeting with one of the owners. to talk about your dream home.

Mercer Island Current & Past Home Sales

Categories: Real Estate News | Posted: July 23, 2013

Have you been looking to live on Mercer Island? Check out these quick facts about the Island’s current real estate market:

Stats for current inventory

  • There are currently-194 Total NWMLS Listings on MI.  20 listings are for land and 12 are for condos/town homes
  • 129 of the listings are available
  • The cheapest residence is a $209K 1,145 sq ft condo, which is currently marked as “pending sale”
  • The cheapest single family home is a $407,400 for 740 sq ft, which is currently marked as “short-sale pending”
  • The most expensive residential property for sale on the Island is a waterfront $16,750,00 13,721 sq ft mansion
  • There are currently 10 new construction homes for sale/pending, ranging in price from $1.198M to $4.625M
  • 7 of the new construction listings are available


Stats for sold inventory in the last 6 months

  • 254 NWMLS listed properties were sold. 7 were for land and 29 were for condos/town homes
  • The cheapest residence sold was a $116K 455 sq ft condo
  • The cheapest single family home sold was a $353,016 for 1,670 sq ft
  • The most expensive residential property sold  on MI was a waterfront $5,900,000 5,790 sq ft home
  • There were 3 new construction MI homes sold in the last 6 months


American Classic Homes, a Mercer Island based home builder, has several new construction homes for sale on Mercer Island. Check out Lakeside Estates, Mercer Island’s newest new home community, for our current island inventory. We also have several other lots throughout the Island that are in the permitting stage. Give our Mercer Island agent, Kathy Beckes, a call if you have any questions. Kathy Beckes can be reached at 206.618.2586. We also build custom homes on your lot, call for details!



Seattle Real Estate Prices Continue Their Ascent

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2013

Seattle Median Home Prices

(Image & Data courtesy of

A recent report released by the Seattle Post Intelligencer, not surprisingly, shows that Seattle metro area real estate values continue to rise, as does the median home price.

The median home price in King County rose to $385,000 in June, a 2.3% increase over the previous month, and a 11.6% increase over one year ago. The city of Seattle saw smaller gains than the county, with home prices increasing 0.4% from May to June, and 8.4% from one year ago. The median Seattle home price climbed to $408,990.

What is causing sale prices to rise? It’s actually a combination of two things.

1. Appreciation. Increased demand is leading to more competition, thus people are willing to pay higher prices. Much of the increased demand is due to rising interest rates. The amount of house a person can get for their money is going down as interest rates climb, so people are scrambling to buy a house before interest rates rise even more.
2. Category Shifts. People are buying larger and more luxurious homes than before, causing the median and average price to rise.  So, although prices “rose 11.6%” in one year, not all of this is actually due to appreciation. That means if you were looking at buying a $400,000 house one year ago, today it wouldn’t quite cost $446,400 today.

If you realize that home prices aren’t going to get any cheaper, and are looking for a new quality constructed home in the Seattle metro area, why not consider a local & reputable home builder? American Classic Homes builds homes throughout the Seattle metro area and Eastside, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Renton, Newcastle, and many other cities. We have three new home communities scheduled to open soon:

Saddlebrook (Renton, WA) – A luxury new home community featuring large lots, 3 car garages, and views of Mt. Rainier.

Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish, WA) – A gorgeous 7 new home community set on a private & serene drive abutting a sensitive area

Pine Grove (Sammamish, WA) – A private 3 home community tucked behind Pine Lake

Tips on Painting Your New Home

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: July 12, 2013

You just bought your new home, and now you want to personalize it to your exact tastes. What’s one of the easiest ways to do this? Paint it! Painting is a simple weekend project that most homeowners can tackle, and will really make your home say it’s yours. Here are some tips that will help you to get the results you want.


 1. Make sure the painting surface is clean. Although your home may be new, there’s still plenty of dust and other small debris on the walls. Give the painting surface a quick wet wipe down to make sure it’s clean.

2. To prime or not to prime? Although many people will tell you that you always need to prime, this isn’t exactly true. As long as you have no major stains and/or damaged areas on your walls (which you shouldn’t in a brand new home), it’s ok to skip the priming. New homes should have walls that are in good condition and are ready for another coat of paint. However, if you have any dark or super bright colored painted surfaces, you’re better off putting a coat or two of primer on them before applying a coat of paint. Also, it’s always better to buy paint and primer separate, don’t fall for the Paint & Primer all-in-one combos, they just don’t work as well!

3. Mix paints together.  Although the paint can might say you bought the same color, each batch is a slightly different color. To avoid having different shades of the same color, mix several cans of paint in a large bucket to ensure a consistent color.

4. The key to clean lines. Oftentimes homeowners are surprised when they peel off their painter’s tape and see rough, jagged edges along the tape line. The key to get crisp lines is to 1)Press the tape down firmly, and 2)Paint over the tape with a paintbrush with just a bit of paint. Again, make sure there is just a bit of paint on the brush, otherwise the paint will seep under the tape and look bad. In addition, paint over the tape several times, making sure to let each coat dry in between. After you have done this, you’ll be able to paint over the tape with a roller without worrying that the paint will seep below.

5. Paint “W”s and feather edges. It’s impossible to have a continuous stroke, at some point or another you need to dip your roller and get some paint. To reduce the transition lines between strokes, you should do two things. First, paint walls in a “W” pattern, meaning in the shape of a “W.” Paint the “W” the whole height of the wall. By doing this, you are randomizing the edges, which will make it harder for the eye to detect where your seems meet. Second, make sure to feather the edges of your strokes. You can do this by pushing lighter on your roller at the edges of your strokes. Generally you want to feather your edges when your roller is beginning to run out of paint.

6.  Sand trim in between coats. Generally, trim pieces are painted with a Semigloss paint. You’ll easily be able to tell if they are, because semigloss paint will be shiny and easy to wash. However, semigloss paint also makes painting a bit more difficult. Before painting over a coat of semigloss, be sure to lightly sand it down. This will enable the new coat to stick, otherwise it will peel off very quickly. It does not mater what gloss type you paint over the semi-gloss, this step needs to be done for any gloss level. However, this step is generally not required when painting over any other gloss levels than semi-gloss, unless the paint is in bad condition.


With these keys in hand, you’ll be able to paint your new home at the same quality as a professional.  If you’re still looking for a new home, why not check out American Classic Homes. Our company has several new communities in the Seattle metro area and Eastside, including new home neighborhoods in Sammamish, WA, Renton, WA, & Mercer Island, WA. Our quality-constructed new Washington state homes are built to accommodate all types of families, including multi-generational families, with a lower floor bedroom/den and bathroom with shower. Check out our new home WA communities including Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish), Pine Grove (Sammamish), Saddlebrook (Renton), and Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island).


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