About Us

Nobody Knows Issaquah Better

Our mission is to help businesses succeed, families belong and the community prosper.

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Three Generations of Building Community

Rowley Properties is a third-generation, family business that owns, develops and manages approximately 80 contiguous acres in downtown Issaquah. Unlike other developers, Rowley Properties is local and focuses only on Issaquah – adapting and redeveloping their properties and business to serve changing community needs. Nobody knows Issaquah better than Rowley Properties.

Over the past 60 years, the family has transformed what was a former dairy farm into a robust, suburban center and destination where business, retail and hospitality thrive. But our work will never be finished. Our properties are alive. They are living, breathing places that will need continued change. We want them to grow, we want to add things and we want them to become more beautiful, functional and special year after year. And they will get better as we work with the community over time to make these transformations happen.

1950s

1950s

George Rowley Sr. purchases 640 acres on Issaquah’s Squak Mountain and begins development of Mountain Park Estates.

1950s

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Over 300 homes are constructed over the next two decades.

1960s

Timeline 1950s

After a year of working to sell the 90 acre Bergsma farm and seeing the end of a dairy farming era, George Rowley Sr. purchases the plot along with an additional 10 acres.

1960s

Timeline 1960s

Rowley Properties constructs its first commercial buildings located on 12th Avenue and Mall Street.

1970s

Timeline 1970s

Rowley Properties develops several manufacturing, office, and storage buildings on Issaquah’s valley floor.

1970s

Wildwood Apartments

Wildwood Apartment Homes are constructed.

1980s

Timeline 1980s

US Bank and McDonalds joins the Rowley Center neighborhood. More office buildings, 1505 and 1495 NW Gilman, are constructed. Evergreen Ford site and 18th Avenue are constructed in Hyla Crossing.

1980s

Timeline 1988

George Rowley Sr. passes and George Rowley Jr. steps in as Rowley Properties’ CEO.

1990s

Timeline 1990s

Evolving the former storage buildings along NW Poplar Way, retail and commercial use begins to front I-90. The Chevrolet dealership joins Hyla Crossing.

1990s

New Tibbetts Channel

Tibbetts Creek and surrounding area floods beginning a 12 year journey with Issaquah to relocate the creek and establish the Greenway.

2000s

2000s JL Scott

The Hilton Garden Inn–Issaquah/Seattle® hotel and the John L. Scott LEED Gold Certified office building are constructed.

2000s

Skip and Kari Rowley

Transition from George Jr. to Kari. Issaquah’s City Council unanimously adopts the Rowley Development Agreement for the Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center properties.

2010s

2010s Homewood Suites Courtyard

Homewood Suites are constructed and quickly fill Issaquah’s missing extended stay hotel need for its business travelers, visitors and for family stays.

2010s

2010s Boardwalk Aerial

Installation of a pedestrian/bike boardwalk over Tibbetts Creek Greenway connecting Hyla Crossing to the Newport neighborhood and newly constructed Anthology Apartments.

2020s

Formula Brewing

Formula Brewing, a local start-up, opens and becomes the Hyla Crossing neighborhood gathering place.

2020s

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Rowley continues to work with the community to help Issaquah adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of the people who live and work here.

Corporate Conscience

Rowley Properties cares deeply about Issaquah. We have always believed that when you have a strong and vibrant community, you’ll have a healthy and growing business. Rowley Properties focuses our charitable giving in the following areas:

COMMUNITY – Making Issaquah better. We tend to support local projects and efforts that aren’t already being supported by large corporations or institutional donors.

KIDS (from birth through high school) – Our future.

EDUCATION – Ensuring Issaquah’s schools are among the best in the nation.

ARTS – Makes life fun and our community interesting.

Some of our larger efforts include co-chairing the six million dollar capital campaign and overseeing construction of our Issaquah Community Center to give our youth a safe, supportive, fun place to go hang out after school; providing a free home for Eastside Baby Corner’s operations for over 20 years (now including over 5000 square feet of space); funding after-school education/enrichment programs for kids; and hosting an annual POPS Concert featuring the Sammamish Symphony for folks in our community – particularly those who can’t afford to attend the arts very often.

Additional philanthropic endeavors include: Village Theater, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Concerts on the Green, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Pomegranate Center for Community Collaboration, Rotary, Kiwanis, Friends of the Issaquah Hatchery, Leadership Eastside, Cougar Mountain Zoo, ArtEast, Master Chorus Eastside, Salmon Days, Issaquah Senior Center, Bellevue Schools Foundation, Overlake Hospital and Medical Center, Issaquah Historical Society, Forterra, Junior Achievement, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, and many others.

 

Sustainable Development

Rowley Properties has been a local leader in sustainability since the early 1990’s, before “going green” was even popular. Our company’s methods emphasize leading by example. We educate and encourage our tenants to adopt sustainable practices, continuously improve our building performance, purchase recycled materials, and incorporate reasonable sustainable strategies/techniques into our construction projects and property management. Our LEED Gold Certified John L Scott office building and the beautifully restored and enhanced Tibbetts Creek Greenway are two projects we are particularly proud of.

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