Virgil Adams Real Estate Receives Unsung Hero “Champion” Award

In the 1960s, Nat Jackson, the Jump Rope King, was attempting to buy a home in Olympia, when he walked into Virgil Adams Real Estate, where he met Virgil Adams. The two men became fast friends, and Nat was able to buy the house of his dreams.

But it was not just Jackson that Adams helped. “When grandpa first started developing he found people that needed help with financing,” says Tammy Adams, Adams’ granddaughter and a third generation real estate agent. “He would often carry the contract for them until they were able to get traditional financing or pay him in full.” This is how he met Al Eckroth, who was looking for a home in Alpine Hills but needed a loan. Adams helped Al out, and Al has been working at the Virgil Adams office since 1994.

Due to Adams’ selflessness and commitment to helping all members of the community, Nat Jackson posthumously awarded his son and current owner of Virgil Adams Real Estate, Dennis, the Unsung Hero “Champion” Award for Olympia Realtor-Leader of Fair Housing in the 1960s.

“Grandpa liked to see people succeed and liked being able to help with their dreams,” Tammy says. “He enjoyed seeing his hard work turn into something great, making people happy. Seeing others smile was his success.”

Adams started as a developer and later opened the real estate office to sell his properties. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, often bulldozing alongside the workers.

When he first developed Forest Hills, close to where Olympia High School now stands, he received little support from other local professionals. But the city was grateful he took the risk and paved the street right to the new development.

“To this day, you don’t see houses sit on the market long there or any of the other surrounding developments he did, such as Holiday Hills, Woodcrest, or Glenmore,” Tammy says.

Left to right: Virgil, Tammy & DennisIn 1953, at 28 years old, Adams developed his first subdivision. In 1962, he decided to quit his full-time job with the school district and dive into development and real estate full time, opening the doors to the beginning of what Virgil Adams Real Estate would become.

He sold the business to his son, Dennis, in 1984.

Today the Virgil Adams Real Estate team carries forth their founders’ mission. “Grandpa said, ‘Your integrity is all you have,’” Tammy shares. “This is where our company motto came from: Our Integrity is your Security.” The office is extremely involved in the community, including fundraisers such as the Food and Wine Festival and The Gala, both at St. Martins University; Military Appreciation Day; and Brews, Brats & Bands. They also work with the Salvation Army and participate in the Olympia Planning Commission and several local Rotary Clubs. “We are no stranger to giving back,” Tammy adds.

“Grandpa was an amazing, selfless man who is a big part of Olympia history that most people don’t know,” she says. “He was a risk taker and listened to what people wanted. Safe homes, clean developments and a place they could be proud of.”