One of the most popular places to live in Tacoma is an area called North Tacoma. I’ve been a resident of North Tacoma since I was born. So for 52 years, I’ve lived there. And let me tell you a little bit about North Tacoma. Tacoma is like a thumb, the shape of a thumb. It’s surrounded by water. So here’s downtown. Here’s what we call the West side of Tacoma. And this is called the North end of Tacoma. So anywhere you go in any of those directions, you’re going to hit water. That’s one of the most special things about Tacoma, lots of water view homes, walks along the water. We have a golf course that’s right on the water. So that’s one of the first things you’re going to notice. Also, we’re only about 45 minutes from Mount Rainier. So if you like to hike, if you’d like to get to the mountain, we’re only 45 minutes from Mount Rainier.
Then we’re only about 45 minutes if you love to ski. The Cascade Mountains are about 45 minutes away. You you can throw on your skis on your car and get there pretty fast. Tacoma is affordable considering we’re close to Seattle. So a lot of Seattle people actually come to Tacoma to buy a house because you can buy for a lot less money than it costs to live in Seattle. And that goes for rent as well, much more affordable to live in Tacoma than Seattle area or closer up north, Seattle is north of Tacoma. But we still have all the wonderful things that people love about the city. Shopping and downtown and museums and huge beautiful parks. We have Point Defiance zoo and aquarium. It’s one of the largest parks in all of Washington state. We have entertainment. We have, like I said, great restaurants, lots of industry.
So we have everything, but we’re a lot more affordable. What kind of homes can you find in TACOMA? Well, lot of old town Tacoma homes. So Tacoma actually was founded in the 1800s by an entrepreneur named Mr. Mason, who brought the trains to Tacoma. And as soon as he brought the train and railroad to Tacoma, then Tacoma started to blossom. So in the 1800s and late 1800s. There are some historical homes. There’s an area of Tacoma called Historic District. And so you can find those older homes there. There’s a lot of craftsman style homes. That’s probably the most popular style of house in Tacoma. A lot of my buyers say, “I’d love to own a craftsman home. It’s all that ooey, gooey trim and detail.” There’s some houses that were built in that late 1800s, all the way up to new construction.
Although new construction is a little bit harder to find because most of the Tacoma was built up and there’s not a lot of lots left for new construction. So if you want new construction, you usually have to go farther out than true Tacoma. So North Tacoma, again, has little different areas of Tacoma. There’s a Stadium district. There’s Proctor area. There’s a new area called Point Ruston, which is actually in the town of Ruston, but half of it is still in Tacoma. And that’s this big, beautiful development with brand new condos that are built right on the waterfront with entertainment and restaurants and movie theater. And so everything, about six months, miles of trail, right on the waterfront that you can walk, bike, scooter, people even roller blade, walk your dog. And it’s a popular place for people to congregate, especially on the nice weather days.
If you know anything about Washington state, you know that our good weather days are a little, fewer and far between. Our summers are definitely the most beautiful, but we do get our fair share of rain, but that also makes our state and our Tacoma gorgeous, with flowers and trees and green, and fresh air. So if you want to live in North Tacoma, or you want to know the pros and cons of living in North Tacoma, definitely give us a call