John L. Scott 1898-1986
The Company He Founded Over 80 Years Ago Still Bears The Family Name
The vision of John L. Scott Real Estate started over seven decades ago when a young Scottish immigrant named John L. Scott set out on a long journey with his bride and infant son in their Model-T Ford—destination San Diego. The two-year trip included a stop in the burgeoning city of Seattle where the young Scott later recalled, “It was like reaching City Beautiful in Pilgrim’s Progress.” San Diego was quickly forgotten; Seattle would become the Scott family’s new home.
There soon after, John L. Scott began working as a sales associate for a local real estate company, and in 1931, he established his own real estate company, building a successful business on his integrity and ambition to provide the highest quality customer service. Over the years, the John L. Scott name was largely built on successfully representing exclusive properties, making the company a recognized leader throughout the Northwest in luxury home sales. As Mr. Scott used to say, “John L. Scott represents quality homes on quality streets.”
Over eighty years later, John L. Scott Real Estate has grown to become one of the largest and most successful regional real estate companies in the nation, largely thanks to the ongoing commitment of the Scott family. Today, John L. Scott Real Estate’s strong heritage and vision continues through the founder’s grandson, Chairman and CEO, J. Lennox Scott.
“Over eighty years ago my grandfather succeeded at building John L. Scott because of his unwavering dedication to customer service. Today the same holds true as we endeavor to enhance the home ownership experience through the perfect balance of tradition and innovation.”
Lennox is one of the most admired and respected real estate figures in the nation, earning national recognition for his commitment to the real estate business from some of the industry’s premier organizations. Lennox is best known for the role he has played as pioneer and visionary in real estate, credited for helping to migrate real estate into the age of technology. For this he has earned national acclaim, including three separate honors as one of the 25 most influential people in real estate by Realtor Magazine . Through Lennox’s leadership John L. Scott Real Estate is also considered the “Most Innovative Real Estate Company” in the nation, an award that was bestowed upon the company in 2002.
In 1997, John L. Scott Real Estate founded the John L. Scott Foundation in honor of the company’s founder. Every year John L. Scott donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to sponsor events that raise millions for children’s healthcare throughout the Pacific Northwest. The John L. Scott Foundation’s mission is to see kids healthy and at home—where they belong. Click here
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Today, John L. Scott Real Estate continues to uphold the values and principles established by Lennox’s grandfather more than seven decades ago, maintaining the highest standard of professional service in residential home sales.