Well 253, we have an exciting transition in an ordinance here in the City of Tacoma regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s.) As of May 1st, 2019, the amended ordinance No. 28576 ( https://cms.cityoftacoma.org/planning/DADU/Amended%20Ordinance%20No%2028576%20DRAFT.pdf ) will go into effect. The City of Tacoma’s real estate market is low on inventory and affordable housing. If we keep sprawling and building homes in our rural areas, the existing land becomes scarce, and we will lose opportunity to grow, raise and eat local food. But the need for affordable and safe living increases as our population grows.
Adding ADU’s in my neighborhood? What? This may not be an easy mind shift to make in our belief system. Who wants their neighbor to add a small apartment over their garage to look down into their yard? Who wants more noisy renters and their cars in their neighborhood? What if the neighbor crams an ugly little house, rents it out then moves from the community and lets it go to crap? Adding ADU’s is nothing new here. Tacoma has a successful history of ADU’s, but the restrictions were tough and often not cost effective for densifying progress.
This is an opportunity to be mindful, looking towards the future and how your community and your family will be affected by the rising costs of living and the increasing risk for the next generations to not own a home. The City of Tacoma is a community comprised and built by several generations. These proud Tacoman’s have created a strong, resilient community. They have been through tough times, and without a doubt their loyalty runs deep here in the South Puget Sound. Our working-class community needs affordable living opportunities and we need them to remain living here!
The City of Tacoma has created a “no excuse” for its property owners by loosening up some requirements. They listened to their citizens and agreed with the benefits of amending the existing ADU ordinance. Property owners who choose to gently densify by adding small ADU’s will be contributing to fill a need to a future problem; a gap between the haves and the have nots.
Our citizens are proud, gritty and full of Tacoma pride, they love living AND working here – the City is making it more convenient to do so. A paradigm benefit shift: If you are considering retiring or becoming an empty nester living in the City of Tacoma? Or maybe your monthly expenses are increasing due to life changes, health, higher taxes, etc.? This amended ordinance creates an opportunity to create a long-term plan for these life transitions. Adding an ADU can provide income to help stabilize the future to remain living on your property and in the community that you feel safe in, allowing you to continue to invest in neighborly relationships. By considering an ADU, this provides the flexibility to move when the need or want arises. You can scale down and move into the ADU, rent out the main home, lock and go travel before it’s too late! By choosing your new neighbor (renting the main home) you get to introduce and connect them to the neighbors, other community minded citizens, resulting in a positive contribution to the society you have invested in. This new neighbor/renter will feel more obligation and committed to maintain your investment, will actively become part of their new community and will further cultivate localized relationships.
Another paradigm shift to consider: We do not choose our family or predict when they will need help. This does open the reluctant discussion for families to reconsider their living situation with their elders. If an elder owns their home and cannot afford stay or move… or likely does not want to leave; this may provide a solution to combine living in the same foot print but not in the same walls. By adding an ADU that compliments an aging lifestyle, the elder can move in with their pet, keep some independence by continuing their social life in their church, library or community center. It does offer affordable care and some relief for the family by saving time and money by living on the same parcel.
Gently densifying our city will hopefully continue a productive, caring and prospering community for everyone to call home and feel they have a safe place to live. We need to create more space and offer affordable housing for our Tacoma citizens. With the housing bubble, some are beginning to get priced out of the community they helped create. These are the folks who have taken risks on implementing new ideas, businesses, restaurants that has revitalized our community. This creative spirit started some time ago and is now attracting new businesses and jobs. They are now giving back by volunteering and donating. They have managed to keep the arts inclusive for all to learn and enjoy. They share unconditionally, by assisting the local shelters, food banks and churches who continue to provide much needed services to our citizens who have fallen on tough times. They are our educators and our students who have the advantage of higher learning just a short commute away. We need these participating citizens to own, rent and continue to inspire Tacoma pride!
State of the art fully renovated Mid Century Modern 5 bedroom home with advantageous Western sweeping views. Designed to entertain in comfort with both a covered deck and covered patio for indoor-outdoor dining and lounging. Amenities include new A/C, automatic RF solar shades on west facing windows, level fenced yard with low voltage lighting and sprinkler system. Stunning Master suite on main floor includes a professionally designed well organized walk in closet, floating double vanity and over sized shower with a rain feature. All new wide plank White Oak hardwood floors just installed, beautifully finished by proud owners. This home offers 2 levels of living, great for teens or guest quarters. A bonus room with a closet currently used as a game room is flexible for an office with an private entrance.
- 5 bedrooms
- 2.75 bathrooms
- 3,387 square feet
- 12,868 sq ft / 0.295 acre lot
- 2 – car attached garage
- Built in 1963 with modern updates
- Offered for $1,250,000
If you’re looking for a home where life happens, this is it! Boating, parks, dining, golf and shopping + plenty social opportunities with home entertaining.
Perched on top of the West Slope of Tacoma, you’ll have the most remarkable view day after day. Step out onto the covered desk and sip your morning coffee, enjoying the fresh breeze blowing in from the Puget Sound waters.
Have friends or family coming to visit? Plan a day on the water! Narrows Marina is a straight shot down South 19th Street and just a mile away. Family owned and operated, Narrows Marina has been serving boat enthusiasts in Pierce County and the South Sound area since 1949. Enjoy a day out on the water and then swing back in for dinner and a local, craft beer at Boathouse 19 or Narrows Marina where you can enjoy a rotating selection of 14 craft beers.
Or perhaps you and your guests would enjoy a day at the beach; The Titlow Beach Marine Preserve – home to Titlow Park which is perfect for the most incredible views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, evening walks along the 1.3 mile beach front and forest route and some splendid sunsets. This is also a haven for kayakers for an easy launch and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some playful seals and occasional Orca pods. The newly installed Titlow Park Sprayground is a summertime favorite to splash, play or cool off and is free to use! If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, you can dine in or get a to go box of some delicious halibut fish and chips from Steamer’s Seafood Cafe or a delicious scoop of ice cream Locals are also a fan of the Beach Tavern their comfort bar food, beers on tap and sports viewing.
Come home and set up for an evening of lawn games -there’s plenty of room for lawn yahtzee, this game is making a comeback by turning your childhood indoor board game into outdoor laughs and fun! Croquet, badminton, cornhole, volleyball – there’s room in this backyard! Entertain with ease as the indoor and outdoor living easily transition – there’s plenty of room for cooking and for everyone to spread out.
In the summers, you can cozy up on the covered patio with the outdoor theater. Pop up big bowls of popcorn and enjoy the newest releases in the privacy of your own home. And if it’s too chilly, you can enjoy the same benefits in the downstairs game room.
As the day winds down at home, you’ll marvel every evening as you watch the peach, neon pink, orange, purple and blue hues merge together and pour out of the sun and across the horizon for picturesque sunsets as you soak in the hot tub.
What else is nearby? You can look forward to being just 4 miles from the Chamber’s Bay Trail & Golf Course – The trail head is 3.25 miles round trip and with a nice incline. Chamber’s Bay Golf Course is one of the top courses in the nation and the first course in the Northwest to welcome the U.S. Open Championships. Their onsite restaurant – The Grill offers a nice weekend brunch and sunset dinners. They also have special events throughout the year like Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day brunches. Check their page for upcoming events.
You can also easily access the Chamber’s Bay Park – open field with picnic tables and the Playground by the Sound – Fenced in playground helps keeps the kiddos from roaming. The equipment is nicely maintained and varied; swings, tunnels, slides and monkey bars. There’s a shaded picnic area on a concrete slab. One table is completely covered and the other is open, plus a few more tables out in the grassy areas. The bathroom is across the field, but is close.
There are also a series of short trails that are located within the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. All trails are primitive in nature and allow people to experience a true urban forest setting. Watch for our deer and coyotes, which call the canyon home. Future plans call for an extension of this nature trail system, providing improved trail heads and linked trail segments.
For groceries, dining and other needs, you won’t have to go far. Most everything is just a few minutes away. Locally owned and operated Harbor Greens is 2 minutes away off Bridgeport Way. They have a great selection of local & hard-to-find specialty items, an in-house butcher and a full-service deli with gourmet sandwiches are really good pizza that you can eat there or take to go. Just 6 minutes away is the The University Place Town Center where you can shop at Whole Foods for natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products, get coffee and more at Anthem Coffee & Tea, Top Pot Doughnuts, check out 80,000 books, movies, audiobooks and more at the University Place Library, grab small batch ice cream at Bliss Ice Cream, get wraps and subs at Jersey Mike’s Subs plus more shops coming to this popular area!
You’ll also find the Green Firs Towne Center just a few minutes away too – Safeway, Starbucks, Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Mud Bay, Gyro Zone and Fresh Rolls, Soggy Doggy and the Hand & Stone Massage Spa.
For you commuters, the freeway is just 3 minutes away!
For more information or a private tour of this Premier Property, call Sloan Hunter at 253-988-0885.
Tacoma Country Estates, is one of the nicest 55+ parks around. Wheelchair friendly-This is a large double wide offering a gracious floor plan with tall vaulted ceiling. Family gatherings will be special in great room off the dining room and kitchen. One end is dedicated as the Master suite with private bath including a soaking tub & shower. On the other end is the second bdrm and full bath. Carport enclosed with garage door. Must be owner occupied, No sub-leasing. Carpets cleaned, ready to move in.
- 2 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 1,576 square feet
- Built in 1991
- Offered for $60,000
The Tacoma Country Estates is senior retirement living for folks over 55. There aren’t currently any activities in this community, however just 5 miles away, you can find the Puyallup Activity Center that provides senior services. The promote the physical, emotional and economic well-being of senior residents in the area. They offer many activities and classes! If you’re a newbie to computers, they offers classes to sharpen your skills. Looking for new friends? There’s bridge, advanced bridge, bingo, bunco, karaoke, card making, chess club, a conversation group, kitting, crocheting, needlework, a nutrition program, oil painting, photography, quilting and more – there’s something for everyone!
Aches and pains? We’ve all got them. Thankfully the activity center offers health and wellness options. You can get your blood pressure checked, learn the basics of how to stretch and strength train, figure out what’s bothering your knee, learn about balancing, natural healing for back pain, foot care, video exercise, Tai Chi and chair yoga. Most of these classes are free to you or at a very low cost.
If you’re looking to give back to the community, there are volunteer opportunities available like receptionist, teaching others how to use tablets, Kindles and iPads, plus special events and tennis, boxing and baseball.
Special events include haircuts, mobile art, zumba dance classes, cooking with Chef Kayla, massages, a pancake breakfast, a class on how to stretch your grocery dollars and beat the winter blues, income tax assistance and planning your estate + many more classes at varied times throughout the year. Be sure to check their website or call for upcoming classes.
What could be more fun than getting out with a group of people and exploring? The activity center provides trips and tours and day trips often include a breakfast, lunch or dinner stop. Take a walk along beautiful Ruston Way and visit the Chinese Reconciliation Park, with a lunch stop at The Spar. Explore two of Puyallup’s wonderful parks with stop at The Ram for lunch. Stay indoors in the big city with a tour of the Seattle Art Museum at take a peek at some traveling exhibits. Have a solid poker face? Then you’ll enjoy the trip to the Little Creek Casino in Olympia – this is a 7 hour trip, but you’ll have plenty of time for blackjack, keno or slot machines. And if you’re looking for extended travel, they plan in advance for trips to New Orleans, the Imperial Cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, South Africa, Scotland & Ireland, and Scandinavia.
Venturing out on your own? The Emerald Queen Casino is just minutes away. They’re going through a little bit of a remodel, but don’t let that deter you from having fun! Choose from 56 of your favorite Vegas-style table games, with an ample non-smoking area. There’s plenty of dining options to choose from too, like their International Restaurant offering gourmet Chinese, American and Continental. There’s an International Buffet, the Palace Deli and Asian Garden. What a casino be without it’s nightlife entertainment? MMA Sports, Air Supply, Gary Allan, Blue Oyster Cult are just a few of the acts you can catch here.
For groceries, shopping and dining Fred Meyer and more are located at the corner of River Road and Meridian Ave and less than 5 miles away.
This home is in also in close proximity to Downtown Puyallup and the on ramp to I-5.
For a private tour call Sloan Hunter at 253-988-0885.
Centrally located Rambler with a finished basement. The main floor has been freshly painted offers floor to ceiling windows bringing in all day sun. Warm hardwood floors greet your guests and they will be impressed with the centered fireplace for all to enjoy. A charming kitchen boasts updated countertops and tile flooring overlooking the backyard. Off the kitchen is a door leading out to a deck and backyard making it easy to entertain and pet friendly. Two bedrooms and a full bath with tile floor and surround on main floor. Lower level has the third bedroom and the 2nd bath with an open light and bright rec room. This level has large windows and private access plus the laundry. Almost a ¼ lot in the city plus 2 car attached garage close to freeway, restaurants, & shopping – commuter dream location.
- 3 bedrooms
- 1.75 bathrooms
- 1,830 square feet
- 10,440 square foot lot
- 2-car attached garage
- Built in 1949
Stretching between South Park and Oak Tree Park, South Tacoma’s Water Flume Line Trail offers the things that multi use trail fans love. This 2.5 mile (one way) trail connects to other trails and is great for walkers, joggers and cyclists! Some upgraded were made to this trail in 2016 that included a shared-use path for bicycles and pedestrians, ADA compliant curb ramps, new storm drains, pedestrian crossing marking, a traffic signal upgrade, and trail user amenities pedestrian level lighting, benches, signs, and bike racks.
Close by is Wards Lake Park – a 20 acre little oasis tucked between urban life. There’s a fishing pier, playground, picnic shelter and walking trails. This relatively deep lake is primarily managed for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee, which is great if you’re into doing a little fishing; the most promising months are latter half of April through October.
Just a two miles away, you can find the Star Center a fitness and recreation center. They offer a number of personal training classes like yoga, Zumba, power mix, cycling, mixed fit, and kendo. They also have plenty of youth activities, but the most popular is their state-of-the-art Treetops Playgrounds that includes three spaces and over 5,000 sq. feet of play space for different ages and interests; providing year round fun! Some other features are, a Play, Learn and Grow Preschool, birthday party experiences, cooking & nutrition, senior programs and facility rentals.
In the mood for some delicious scratch-made comfort food? Then head to the Homestead Restaurant, because they’ve been serving it up home style breakfast, lunch and dinner for 30 years. They also have tasty, scratch-made pastries that are heavily! Put your stretch pants on and go all in, trying their very popular Wagon Wheel – it’s a fresh baked cinnamon roll, stuffed with eggs, cheese, ham and bacon. Oh my! You’ll definitely need a stroll down the Water Flume Trail after diving into this.
Want to catch the latest blockbuster release? The Regal Cinemas Lakewood is less than a mile away! This theater complex with multiple screens featuring new release films, plush seating & concession stand.
Get great prices on groceries and bulk foods at Winco, less than 2 miles away. Save in bulk on herbs, all your baking needs (perfect for the holidays!), beans, dried pasta, nuts, trail mix, granola and dried fruits that you can’t normally find in other grocery stores like dried kiwi. They also have incredibly large selection of bulk candy too, which is perfect for parties.
Commuting north? Consider parking and riding the Sounder Train, the commuter rail station. It’s convenient, cheap (about $5 to ride) and less of a hassle than sitting in I-5 traffic for events or commuting! It will put you into downtown Tacoma, Seattle and a few places in between. And if you need to drive, freeway access to I-5 is just a minute away.
For a private tour call Sloan Hunter at 253-988-0885.
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Custom built diamond in the rough on a ½ acre parcel, offering panoramic Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views, with desirable Western exposure. The design has views from nearly every room in the house. Stunning high beamed wood ceilings, wall of windows, mason fireplaces and character throughout. Floor plan, patios and decks capture both morning and evening sun to accommodate your lifestyle. Need space for a boat, RV and a sport court? Ample parking includes a 3-car garage with 2 bays out front, a 3rd bay on the side plus additional pads. There is an over-sized fully fenced backyard – over half acre has the possibility of subdividing.
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 full bathrooms
- 3,448 square feet
- 24,028 square foot lot /.552 acre
- 3-car attached garage with 2 bays out front & 3rd bay along side
- Space for RV or boat parking
- Built in 1968
- Offered for $700,000
From the Seller: What I love about the home –
“The 2-hour summer sunsets with dinner guests on the deck. Picking fresh greens, berries, and fruit from the garden. Quiet rooms that provide for great sleeping. A walkable, safe and friendly neighborhood. Watching the sea life, boaters, and the dynamic tides of the South Sound. Lots of storage for things and RV’s. Bike riding across the Narrows Bridge. Living 3 miles to Fircrest Golf Club, 2 miles to Chambers Bay, and 1 mile to shopping, and restaurants, including Boat House 19, Narrows Marina, and Narrows Brewery. 35 minutes to SEATAC and 45 minutes to SODO. The affordability of a great lifestyle living in the West bank of Tacoma.”
This West Slope location is minutes to everything you need: Shopping, restaurants, brewery, cafés and easy freeway access. Just 4 minutes away you can enjoy a cocktail with a stunning view or drop your boat in to take a cruise on the water. The Narrows Marina is a straight shot down South 19th Street and less than a mile away. Family owned and operated, Narrows Marina has been serving boat enthusiasts in Pierce County and the South Sound area since 1949 with their market, tackle supplies and fuel. Enjoy a day on the water, tie up on the dock and dine at Boathouse 19 or grab a growler at the Narrows Brewing where you can pick from a rotating selection of 14 craft beers.
The Titlow Beach Marine Preserve – home to Titlow Park, is a special local and tourist spot with incredible views that stretch the Tacoma Narrows. Morning or evenings are lovely along the 1.3 mile beach front or walk/run trails. This is also a haven for kayakers with an easy launch… and if you’re lucky, you’ll see some playful seals and occasional Orca pods. Tacoma Parks is proud of the newly installed sprayground a summertime favorite to splash, play or cool off and is free to use! A sunset ritual is to grab fish and chips or an ice cream cone from Steamer’s Seafood Café and eat out doors or hang with the locals at the Beach Tavern for comfort bar food, beers on tap and sports viewing.
For groceries, dining and other needs, you won’t have to go far as most everything is just a few minutes away! Locally owned and operated market Harbor Greens is 4 minutes away off Bridgeport Way. They have a great selection of local & hard-to-find specialty items, an in-house butcher, a full-service deli with gourmet sandwiches, salads and delicious pizza you can eat there or take home to bake. A little farther down Bridgeport Way is Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Homegoods.
Entertainment isn’t hard to find. Visit the modern and up to date bowling and recreation center at the Narrows Plaza Bowl with a snack bar, lane rentals by the hour, plus live DJs and an arcade; great for parties or league play. Like to golf or swim? Join the Fircrest Golf Club established in 1924. In addition to its 18-holes and beautiful clubhouse, it offers a sponsored social membership for the outdoor pool and lessons for kids. Skate 253 is just across the street and is an all-ages roller rink offering skating classes and hosting themed events with a family focus.
For all your other needs, the James Center on west South 19th Street has a Fred Meyer Market, FedEx, Taqueria el Sabor (authentic street tacos), a MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, Minji’s Pho and Wok V Terikaki and more. Across the intersection on South Mildred Street is Figures 24/7, an all women’s health and fitness center with over 70 classes a week, Pint Defiance – a casual hangout specializing in craft beers, with rotating taps & bottles available for purchase. Royal Thai Bistro, a highly flavorful and popular restaurant and Shogun Japanese Express a sushi & Japanese comfort fare in a down-to-earth atmosphere and owned by a very lovely family. Insiders secret – many locals get food to go from Royal Thai Bistro or Shogun and take to enjoy in Pint Defiance.
For a private tour call Sloan Hunter at 253-988-0885.
Premium 1-Bedroom, 1.5-Bath Condo (with Luxury Building Amenities!) in Fabulous Downtown Tacoma Location
Discover the very best of Downtown Tacoma living with this impeccably maintained and expertly updated 1,254-square-foot condo! Built in 2008 and like new, this 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath masterpiece is a dream come true. Not only is the condo building brimming with amenities like the Skylounge, fitness room, spa, guest suite and more, but Downtown Tacoma’s captivating sights and attractions are just steps away. Located at 505 Broadway 504 Tacoma WA 98402, this not-to-miss opportunity is listed for $435,000.
A haven of elegance and efficiency await in this picture-perfect condo, and as soon as you step in through the front door, details like rich hardwood floors and beautifully crafted design elements from floor to ceiling welcome you inside. Updates include things like fresh paint and new carpet, ensuring this residence is move-in ready. Featuring a warm and inviting open-concept living space designed with entertaining in mind, this retreat is brimming with timeless style that’s just waiting to be infused with your own unique decor!
Straight from the glossy pages of a home design magazine, the kitchen is a delight to spend time in, whether you’re whipping up delicious meals or enjoying a laid-back glass of wine with a friend at the bar-style counter seating. Handsome cabinetry and exquisite granite counters rest alongside top-notch appliances, like a wine cooler and compactor. The layout effortlessly flows into the dining area, where dinner parties, special occasions, holiday gatherings, and laid-back meals among loved ones are all at home!
Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or simply savoring a quiet evening in the comfort of home, the living room offers the ideal scene for it all. Incredible built-ins elevate the space, offering fashion and function in one splendid package. The gas fireplace promises to transform the atmosphere of the room in an instant, while a wall replete with windows offers a source of bright natural light.
Find even more sumptuous space in this condo’s bedroom, a spacious sanctuary that boasts a calm neutral color palette. Sunlight cascades in through a large window, ensuring this retreat is the ideal space for rest and rejuvenation. Even more room awaits in the den suite with a balcony, and here you’ll find versatility and potential for transformation. This unit’s full bath is also especially noteworthy—find spa-inspired finishes for a luxurious experience!
In addition to all that this condo offers, find top-notch amenities in the building to take advantage of. The Skylounge offers stunning views of Tacoma’s cityscape, and community members also have access to a guest suite, fitness room, and spa. Plus, secure parking and storage can be found in the underground garage.
Living in Downtown Tacoma
At 505 Broadway 504 Tacoma WA 98402, you’re wonderfully surrounded by some of Tacoma’s best offerings. A few of the many things to do include dining at Tacoma’s most iconic restaurants, shopping at a myriad of independent shops and boutiques, catching a show on Broadway, or exploring one of the many well-regarded museums. It’s all just steps away from home! Plus, you’re just a quick 8-minute drive to connect to Interstate-5, and Light Rail and buses are all within reach as well.