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The House that Jerry built – discover the back story of this unique 3TP property

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Realtor Stuart Steadman is representing an amazing waterfront home on Three Tree Point, once owned by Highline Times Publisher and longtime Burien resident Jerry Robinson.

Along with its one-of-a-kind location, this home holds an interesting place in the history and collective life of one of Burien’s unique neighborhoods. Readers of The Highline Times know that Jerry would often write about watching the abundant wildlife right out his front window. His colorful column sometimes centered around the loud barks of baby seal pups or sea lions’ cacophony, of which he would complain about in a tongue-in-cheek, curmudgeonly way. We could all tell that he didn’t really mind the noise that much, instead knowing that his was a special spot indeed to enjoy what most must go to the aqaurium to see, without leaving his back (or front) yard.

Along with the pieces on the symphony of sealife, Jerry shared his observations of numerous birds including our area’s famous eagles.

We wondered how this distinctive home happened to be built in this treasured spot. Here, Jerry’s son Tim reminisces about Jerry’s journey of construction at Three Tree Point:





The lot was vacant for many years in the 50-60′-70’s as neighbor kids would often play football there. It could have been called Three Tree Pt. Park.

By the late 60’s Beau Miller’s dad built a nice home right on the point and leased the land back to the Coast guard for a lighthouse. The lot next door remained vacant except for a small brick beach house.

By 1979 Jerry Robinson had begun looking for view property. He purchased a view lot in Marine Hills, near Federal Way. While changing his shoes one day at the local golf course, Kinney Leonard, who lived up the street, asked Jerry if he’d found a view property yet. Jerry announced that he had. Leonard said “too bad” the vacant lot on the point was available as the Fire Chief in Renton, who owned it, was forced to sell as it was a requirement that the chief live in Renton.

“How much,” Jerry asked. “$90,000 and don’t dicker. He’s solid on the price,” Leonard said. Jerry bought the property and sold his Marine Hills lot the same month. For a year after that, waiting for home designs, building permits, etc, Jerry’s family had picnics and watched fireworks, built bonfires and generally enjoyed playing croquet and lawn darts. By 1980 the home was under construction by Hank Bakken from plans created by Alexander Sasonoff of Burien.

For more than 30 years Jerry and Beth Robinson enjoyed the marine life, birds, storms and tidal changes. Jerry fished quite often in the 80’s trolling a Pt. Defiance Spoon behind his small kicker boat that he would winch up to the open boat ramp on the property at the end of the day.

The yard was always decorated in a nautical theme, just like the interior of the home. Beth had an annual corn fritter breakfast for many years, inviting local politicians and friends in the early spring.

– Tim Robinson

To learn more about this fantastic property, visit the MLS listing here, or contact Stuart Steadman at (206) 409-4220; www.stuartsteadman.com.

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4 Responses to “The House that Jerry built – discover the back story of this unique 3TP property”
  1. Betsy says:

    A Hank Bakken house is a well built house. He had a great reputation in this community. Both personally and professionally.

  2. Janet grella says:

    I’d like to know if he “dickered”?

  3. devilsadvocate says:

    Are you trying to bring the worst out of me?..*lol*

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