Northwest NEWS

October 2, 2000


'Top of the Hill' upscales with new construction

The 'Top of the Hill' area of Woodinville, now called The Stallion Hill Business Center, is getting a classy new facelift with a northwest flavor.
   'The corner' has a long and varied history, and has been referred to in recent years as the White Stallion or the Buzz Inn corner.
   Under the ownership of Hans and Martha Dankers since 1989, the property is at the intersection of 156th Ave. NE and the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
   The building and renovation is extensive. The home on north back end of the two acre parcel has been converted to a business building. A new office building is under construction after the leveling of what was the original Hinsman Grocery and Cafe, and more recently Woodinville Saw and Mower. The Buzz Inn building and the East Building are undergoing significant changes.
   "We are working with Synergy Construction of Woodinville and Ron Wright Architects of Seattle to help us create a beautiful complex in the northwest craftsman tradition. We will incorporate the native woods, mountain views and natural surroundings to retain the rural history and feel of the area," said Hans Dankers.
   Site development is under way for the new 20,000 sq. ft. three-story, class A office building which will be called The Stallion Hill Building.
   "The new office building will offer quality, high tech office space and full underground parking in a location just minutes off of Hwy 522 and outside the traffic grid-lock," said Hans Dankers. The building will have an elevator.
   The 3000 sq. ft. converted 1920s house, originally the home of the HInsman family, now 'The Nisqually House,' is the office location for Bates and Ely, Attorneys at Law and ECG Engineering.
   The three-story East Building is being renovated. The tenants in the East Building include Freal and Saulness, CPA's, Jag's Hair Studio, Nexstep Medical Resources, High Tech/High Touch Solutions, Tips 2 Toes, Kim's K-9 Grooming, Morning Star Preschool. There are two apartments on the top floor.
   "We are also going to be refurbishing the stallion. He will be a focal point of Stallion Hill in keeping with the rest of the upgrades," said Martha Dankers of the 12-foot fiberglass rearing white stallion that has been a Woodinville landmark since 1958 when Ed's Tack Shop put it up.
   The stand alone buildings on the site are From the Grounds Up Espresso and the Buzz Inn Steakhouse.
   The work is expected to be completed in late Spring 2001.
   "We are not 'developers.' This is our one and only development. It's been a fun process for us. We wanted to invest in this community and we are very excited about the changes," said Martha Dankers.
   The Dankers, Sultan residents for the past 22 years, are professional people. Dr. Hans Dankers is a family practioner in Monroe. Martha Dankers, a nurse, is the director of community relations for Valley General Hospital. Their two sons, Christian, 24, and Nicholos, 21, help with the on-going challenges Hans has as the hands-on manager for the property.
   "Last Christmas Eve my sons and I went in and replaced a broken water heater," said Hans Dankers.
   The Dankers purchased the property from Mert and Betty Jorve. Originally part of the Hinman family's 35 acres, the corner was purchased in the 1950's by the Klinkenberg family before being sold to Ed Rogelstad and the Jorves.
   The Dankers would also be interested in getting copies of any old photos of the corner to preserve its history.
   For those interested in learning more about the corner, visit or page Dr. Dankers at 206-997-9212.