At Dunn & Hobbes, we believe that real estate development is not just about constructing buildings, it's about making new pieces of city, and this comes with a responsibility to our community. Ideally the pieces of city we make are ones that help knit together, and positively contribute to, the blocks and neighborhoods where they are located. High-density low-rise mixed-use neighborhoods, otherwise knows as “urban villages”, are the heart and soul of great cities. Our company was founded in 1997 with the goal of furthering this concept in Seattle, with particular focus to date on the Pike-Pine neighborhood.
From a broader perspective, our goal is to maximize the appeal of dense urban living, because it goes hand in hand with our desire to preserve this region’s remaining wilderness spaces and to reduce carbon emissions. Attracting more people to live and work in urban neighborhoods will make better use of our transportation and utility infrastructure and ease development pressure on our region’s growth boundary. Maintaining the character and uniqueness of these neighborhoods will help Seattle to continue to attract and retain talented new residents from other places.
All of our projects, whether restoration or new construction, are tackled with the following objectives:
- To contribute something unique to a neighborhood while respecting and incorporating its existing fabric.
- To express strong design values that help “raise the bar” for quality of architecture and urban design city-wide.
- To enhance the experience of living, working, shopping and playing in an urban environment.