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Seola Gardens

Affordable rental housing at Seola Gardens

Along with the nearby Greenbridge community, Seola Gardens is part of KCHA’s effort to revitalize King County’s White Center neighborhood. Since the early 2000s we have invested more than $250 million in public and private funding to build new housing and expand the services available to residents.

Originally known as Park Lake Homes II, the community was built to house World War II defense workers. As recently as 2009, low-income families still lived in the property’s run-down, barracks-like housing.

Nearly 300 renters and owners now call Seola Gardens home. Attractive, energy-efficient new homes have supplanted the old 1940s-era housing. New amenities such as parks and trails encourage outdoor activity. A community center provides educational opportunities to both children and adults. Thanks to a host of environmentally friendly features, Seola Gardens provides sustainable housing that costs less to operate and offers healthier places to live.

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  • Aerial view of Seola GardensAs part of its transition from Park Lake Homes II to Seola Gardens, the community has been designed to serve a broader mix of income levels. In addition to providing homes for people with very low incomes, it also offers housing for renters with moderate incomes. Market-rate for-sale homes further enhance neighborhood diversity.
  • A row of privately owned housingSeola Gardens features nearly 200 units of subsidized rental housing and more than 100 for-sale homes. Housing types range from single-family homes to attached townhomes and mid-rise senior apartments. The same number of federally subsidized units offered at Park Lake Homes II remain available to low-income households in the redeveloped community.
  • Park with play structures; a group of homes sit behind itSeola Gardens offers a vibrant new community in a terrific location. The 30-acre site is surrounded by towering fir trees, offers views of the Olympic Mountains, and provides extensive open space. Residents can enjoy new parks, sidewalks, a trail system, exercise stations, pea patches, gardens, and public art installations. They can also walk to nearby Lakewood Park for picnicking, tennis, and other recreational activities.
  • Providence Joseph HouseThe 6,500-foot community center provides educational opportunities for residents of all ages. Adults can take advantage of job assistance, computer literacy courses, and English as a Second Language classes. Joseph House, a 65-unit apartment complex for seniors, features programs and services for older households.
  • Woman riding bicycle alongside greeneryThanks in part to KCHA's partnership with King County, Seola Gardens represents a model of green development. It uses an array of environmentally friendly outdoor features, such as rain gardens and a water quality pond that cleans surface water before it leaves the site.
  • Row of homes with trees in frontNew housing is also highly energy-efficient. All units include walls, roofs, and windows insulated to standards far beyond code requirements. Light tubes reduce the need for electric lighting during daylight hours. Each home also comes with solar-ready wiring. In addition, about half of the rental homes have been strategically sited to be cooled naturally by trees in summer and take advantage of natural light in winter.

Main Office
600 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Tel: (206) 574‑1100
Fax: (206) 574‑1104
TDD: (800) 833‑6388
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Section 8 Office
700 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Tel: (206) 214‑1300
Fax: (206) 243‑5927
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