Walker Rock Garden update: Now listed for sale, $392,000

February 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

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(Photo courtesy of Rhonda Porter)
The official listing is now online for West Seattle’s quirky Walker Rock Garden (and accompanying house), whose owners announced here 2 1/2 weeks ago that it would be put up for sale. Mark e-mailed today to say he had spotted the listing (and fears it will be snapped up by a developer because it’s a big lot) – the asking price is $392,000. The family of its creators, Milton and Florence Walker, say they can’t maintain it any more and are hoping to sell it to someone interested in preserving it – though they told us they don’t intend to require that as a condition of the purchase.

8 Comments

  1. That is such a treasure… it would really be sad to have all the work destroyed.

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 7:43 am February 5, 2011 #

  2. Wow…that’s really disappointing. I had a nice email conversation with one of the family members. We can’t afford this; this is more than our house (which is nicer) is currently worth. How could they let their family’s legacy and this strange little gem just be thrown out there to be torn down? Very distressing.

    Comment by Mary T — 11:39 am February 5, 2011 #

  3. Maybe the rock garden could be saved in a house tear down.

    Comment by dsa — 1:57 pm February 5, 2011 #

  4. Such a cool place. I really hope it’s preserved!

    Comment by Kayleigh — 4:26 pm February 5, 2011 #

  5. Perhaps a professional photographer could thoroughly document the work for posterity…and to share here.

    hint, hint.

    Comment by I. Ponder — 8:00 pm February 5, 2011 #

  6. $200K per lot? Say goodbye. Hello developer.

    Comment by geroge — 9:30 pm February 5, 2011 #

  7. The owners had every opportunity to save the property. There was a non-profit organization that some neighbors created to try to save the Rock Garden and it was dissolved per the family’s request. It’s sad that Milton’s vision will be destroyed, but all it is now is a lesson for others who create: be careful, plan for the future and leave a legacy for tomorrow. If nothing else, consult a lawyer before you get too sick to do anything about it!

    Comment by Marlow Harris — 1:43 am February 6, 2011 #

  8. While it’s possible the work won’t be destroyed, in this world many treasures of the past have been and always will be.

    One of the great things about documentary photography is its ability to preserve things that are ephemeral (people, places, things, moments in history). I hope some pros will document the work and make it publicly accessible. Camera phone photography doesn’t cut it folks.

    Comment by I. Ponder — 10:43 am February 6, 2011 #

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