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American Classic Homes Ranked on Housing Giants of 2014

Categories: American Classic News | Posted: September 9, 2014

American Classic Homes Named "Housing Giant"

American Classic Homes Named “Housing Giant”

American Classic Homes is proud to announce that we have been ranked 188th in top home builders in the nation. This is according to the recently released “2014 Housing Giants List”, published by Professional Builder magazine.

This report ranks the nation’s largest home builders by housing revenues and closings in 2013. Professional Builder magazine has been compiling its list of Housing Giants for more than 40 years. This is the third year that American Classic Homes has been included in this ranking.

Despite being considered one of the nation’s “Housing Giants”, American Classic Homes’ owners, Michael and Robert Gladstein and Joel Mezistrano, continue to have a very hands-on approach to home building. They interact with each and every American Classic Homes’ Buyer to ensure their complete satisfaction. The Partners are so confident of their excellent quality and superior customer service that they each publish their personal cell phone number on our website’s homepage.

About American Classic Homes

American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, building new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Seattle metropolitan area. They currently have the following Washington State new home communities: Saddlebrook in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish and coming soon – Heritage Estates in Renton. For homes that are located in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Queen Anne, Seattle as well as Kennydale and Mercer Island.

Check Out Our Brand New Look!

Categories: American Classic News, Custom Home Building, Real Estate News | Posted: August 14, 2014

American Classic Homes is very pleased to unveil our new logo:

Our new logo

Our new logo

We work very hard to try to stay abreast of home design trends and the latest in home technology, energy efficiency and comfort. So we thought it was time to dust off our logo and give our company a brand new look. Although our look is changing, we are still the same great company building new homes in the Seattle area. Our great home values and innovative designs as well as our outstanding customer service has not changed. We still value our relationships with our homebuyers above all else.

American Classic Homes new directional signs will help you easily find our communities

American Classic Homes new directional signs will help you easily find our communities

Over the next few weeks you will be able to watch our transformation. You will see new signs as well as a fresh new brochure and a revamp on our floor plans.

Thank you for visiting our new website and for reading our blogs. Watch for our new home communities coming soon in Renton and Sammamish. We will also have some exciting new homes in Newcastle and Kirkland so stay tuned.

Robert, Michael & Joel

Robert, Michael & Joel


Robert, Michael & Joel

5 Great Things About Saddlebrook

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight | Posted: July 9, 2014

Saddlebrook is our newest community in the Renton Highlands. We are now more than 50% Sold Out, and 8 terrific homes are still available. Prices start at $569,950. Maybe Saddlebrook could be your family’s new home.

Blog 5 things

1) Large Homesites – Have you seen many of the other new home communities in the area? They all seem to have big homes on teeny little lots. Not at Saddlebrook. Most of the homesites are 10,000+ square feet and 70 feet wide!! Lots of space and privacy. Some even have views of Mt. Rainier!

2) Multi-Generational Floor Plans – The way you live has changed and our floor plans have changed to meet your needs. Many of our floor plans have five bedrooms plus an upstairs bonus room with a closet. In addition to a downstairs bedroom, the main level den can also be used as a bedroom.

3) Lots of Cool Features Are Already Included – Many of our homes feature large backyard patios with tongue and groove soffits with recessed lights. We also include; KitchenAide commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, a custom wood-wrapped range hood and slab marble in the master bathroom.

4) Super Convenient Location – Location is key to any great community. Saddlebrook is no exception, with close proximity to freeways for easy commuting and nearby neighborhood schools, stores and restaurants. Saddlebrook is also convenient to all the skiing and hiking that is offered in the North Cascades.

5) Remarkably Great Schools – Saddlebrook is served by three of the highest ranked schools in the Renton School District. Hazen High School had an overall score of 8 according to In 2013 one of their seniors was names 2013 Presidential Scholar. McKnight Middle School ranked first among the 3 ranked schools in the district. Maplewood Elementary ranked a 7 on with grade 3 scoring a perfect 10!!

Kitchen Design Trends for 2014?

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips | Posted: June 5, 2014

Consumers are getting tired of the fluffy over-designed kitchens.  They are looking for simple lines and are interested in good storage and space planning. Specialty workstations are becoming more common and range from the very elaborate to the most basic utilitarian. Some of the more fun specialty areas include: coffee bars, baking stations, wine-tasting nooks and even pizza-making stations.

In-Home pizza Making station.

In-Home pizza Making stations are becoming more common.

The kitchen is still the heart of the home with family and friends choosing to gather there more than any other room in the home. But modern kitchens reflect the style of the rest of the home incorporating sitting areas and dining rooms to create a unified space. They are often open to the family room or dining room and may include cabinets that look more like furniture with counters and huge islands for preparation, dining and gathering.

While some high-end designers are beginning to spec gray cabinets, the number one color choice for 2014 is crisp white. Beautiful and timeless, white cabinets are a versatile choice. They can work well with multiple architectural styles from country chic to traditional or even contemporary. White cabinets also open the kitchen up to a number of decor choices and color palettes. We are seeing these splashes of color in glass mosaic back-splashes. Also open shelving is making a comeback displaying fancy and often colorful accessories.

American Classic Homes Custom Home Kitchen with white cabinetry.

American Classic Homes Custom Home Kitchen with white cabinetry.

Layered kitchen lighting containing a series of recessed fixtures providing ambient light and chandeliers and pendants over islands and seating areas to deliver task light.   Accent lighting above or below cabinets or in a glass front cabinet highlight special areas of the kitchen. Over-sized lighting fixtures is another big trend of this season. Giving a sense of depth and perception the light fixtures can create both drama and interest.

Many homeowners are splurging on their kitchens with commercial grade appliances including double ovens, multi-tiered drawers to create more storage, soft close cabinet doors and drawers with concealed hinges. As tech-savvy as consumers now are, technology is also becoming a “must have” in the kitchen.  Homeowners are accessorizing their kitchens with electronics such as wall mounted televisions, sound systems and computers. Other high-tech features include: sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use, meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is ready, and a hands-free faucet that keeps it clean from sticky hands.

American Classic Homes offers Kitchen Aid professional grade appliances in their homes liek this double oven.

American Classic Homes offers Kitchen Aid professional grade appliances in their homes like this double oven.

American Classic Homes offers professionally-designed kitchens.   Many of our homes have white cabinetry, double ovens, over-size light fixtures and glass mosaic back-splashes to ensuring every new home meets our buyers’ needs. Our kitchens offer many of the new kitchen design trends as included features and others as options. This is what makes us a top home-builder in Washington. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

The Next Color Trend for Your Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 14, 2014

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

Radiant Orchid has been announced as

the “2014 Color of the Year”

replacing last year’s color which was Emerald Green.

This bold new color is an ideal way to greet spring and make a statement in your home. The “Color of the Year” is announced annually by Pantone, which is considered the global authority on color. Radiant Orchid is Pantone 18-3224.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

While Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year, all things purple are on-trend: violet, wine, amethyst, plum and lilac. Small doses of these colors sprinkled throughout your home add surprising pops of color that will make your home feel up-to-date. If a purple sofa or two walls painted eggplant are too much for you, think accent pieces such as pillows, throws, area rugs, artwork and lamps.

As the neutral of choice begins to drift towards lighter brown tones such as sand and camel, safe colors which make the space feel bigger and brighter, designers are also seeing gray emerge as the new neutral. Big ticket items such as carpeting and sofas are beginning to show up in colors ranging from soft dove gray to dramatic charcoal, all pairing well with violet, burgundy and orchid accents.

Shades of purple also pairs well with last year’s color, emerald green and another on trend color cobalt blue – think of the colors in a peacock’s tail. Bold statement colors with lots of energy that can really make your home pop.

American Classic Homes offers custom Feng Shui designs to ensure every new home meets our buyers’ needs. Buyers also have the option customize their interior selections including the latest color trends. If a peacock blue or Royal Orchid accent wall is on your list of must haves, American Classic Homes can help. This is what makes us a top homebuilder in Washington. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

What is a Multigenerational Home?

Categories: Real Estate News | Posted: May 1, 2014

Whether prompted by a job loss, a house foreclosure or other financial challenges, grown children and their elderly parents are increasingly sharing housing. According to a Pew Research Center (a fact tank that tracks trends shaping America) approximately 51 million Americans live in a house with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation. The term for three generations under one roof is known as multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

“It used to be the older people whose money had run out who were living with their children, but now it’s the next generation that can’t keep up,” says Louis Tenenbaum, a founder of the Aging in Place Institute, which promotes “multigen” living. A 2012 survey by a national home builder found that 32% of adult children expect to eventually share their house with a parent.

While many families came together out of economic necessity, they are staying together by choice. Multigenerational housing can offer the perfect blend of built-in child care or elder care as well as assistance with cooking and other household chores. An additional benefit is the close connections that families living together can maintain.

Some builders have begun offering two master suites, a first floor that can be converted into a guest suite, and other flexible spaces that can change with family needs. American Classic Homes of Puget Sound is one of these home builders offering floor plans specifically designed for multi-generational and extended family living.

Multigenerational living represents a housing model that social scientists are paying a lot of attention to these days. It grows out of a phenomenon that economists call “shrinking households” or “missing households.” The terms refer to an arrangement that is very common today among some ethnic groups and viewed as a positive throwback to the way many families lived decades ago.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

American Classic Homes, a top home builder in Washington, has many innovative multi-generational floor plans. Some with up to seven bedrooms and others with first floor suites consisting of a bedroom and bath. “These elegant floor plans are customizable to meet the needs of our buyers.” says Robet Gladstein, American Classic Homes partner. Check out new floor plans in their newest community Saddlebrook in Renton and coming soon Tarrington Place on the Sammamish plateau.

American Classic Homes' Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

American Classic Homes’ Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

Communities and custom homes by American Classic Homes can be found in Puget Sound throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

New Community to Open in Sammamish

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 16, 2014

American Classic Homes is pleased to announce that our newest community, Tarrington Place, will be opening in Sammamish late-summer 2014.

Tarrington-COMINGSOON with Logo

This brand new neighborhood will feature 21 beautiful multi-generational homes. Each home will located on a large and fully landscaped lot. This community is served by the award-winning Issaquah School District, including: Discovery Elementary School (which just opened in 2013!), Pine Lake Middle School, and Skyline High School.

American Classic Homes’ popular Broadway home plan is currently under construction and will serve as the community’s furnished model home. This spectacular floor plan will feature 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths in 3,593 square feet. It has an open floor plan with a spacious open island kitchen featuring high end stainless steel appliances & slab granite countertops. Other amenities that come standard at Tarrington Place include large covered outdoor patios, extensive millwork details, solid hardwood floors, and extra thick carpet padding. Tarrington Place is conveniently located near Pine Lake Middle School and affords easy access to shopping and dining as well as a gateway to all the recreation that the cascades offer.

For more information on this community visit and check back often for updates.

For additional information, please contact our listing agent, Thuan Howard, at 425.445.3252 or email her at:

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!

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