Washington is a beautiful state, full of evergreen trees, hence the nickname - The Evergreen State of Washington. The bodies of water are gorgeous to see as we drive around on errands or showing off the area to visiting friends and family. I really enjoy discovering new things about this lovely state, particularly the area of Pierce County where I am living and working.
Five of my favorite cities in this area are DuPont (I love both sides, but the new homes, parks, and biking/riding trails are grand), Steilacoom (this lovely quaint village on the gorgeous and serene Puget Sound make my drives so peaceful), Lakewood, (good food, good shopping, good neighborhoods), Fircrest, (another piece of history blended with today and a lovely place to visit), and University Place (among many other grand features - the gorgeous Chambers Bay Golf Course on an even more gorgeous part of the Puget Sound complete with walking trails all around it - a grand view, indeed, as this photo tries to show you).
I was curious how each of them did last year for sales, so I prepared this little statistics chart for you and me.
The zip codes listed here in order of the chart above are:
- 98439 Lakewood (can also be considered JBLM or Tacoma)
- 98388 Steilacoom
- 98327 DuPont
- 98465 Tacoma (Fircrest/University Place)
- 98466 University Place
- 98464 University Place (can also be called Tacoma)
- 98409 Lakewood (can also be called Tacoma)
- 98455 Tacoma (close to Fircrest and University Place
- 98499 Lakewood
- 98498 Lakewood
- 98446 Parkland (can also be called Tacoma)
- 98338 Graham (can also be called Tacoma)
Which brings me to an interesting bit of information for all of you who are relocating to this lovely area. City names tend to blend into each other a bit. In other words, depending on where you live - particularly if it's Lakewood, University Place or Fircrest - you will get your mailing address with those names. But you may receive mail to Tacoma instead - or possibly even another city. I'm honestly not quite sure why. I will tell you what another real estate agent who has lived her for decades told me - that it was a common issue due to various governmental agencies not wanting to change the city names on their massive amounts of paperwork, etc. (Which I could certainly understand!) So it can be a wee bit confusing to those who are new.
I've learned to just remind myself that a rose or a city by any other name smells as sweet and rely on my wonderful iPhone GPS apps - MotionX GPS and Mapquest. They are AWESOME! And, generally speaking, they get me where I need to go no matter WHO calls the area WHAT!
As you can see by the chart above, DuPont, Steilacoom, Lakewood, and University Place perked along quite nicely in sales in the last year - particularly Lakewood and University Place. They have a lovely selection of homes at very affordable prices, including many with a single story or other options which can be a big help if you are looking for some type of aging in place / disabled access options. I would love to help you find just the right spot for you OR help you as you prepare to make a change by selling your current home. Do give me a buzz at 657-229-5293 or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com so we can get right to work helping you with all of your real estate needs!