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I have lived in New York City all of my life, but as I have accepted a new job as a chief engineer for BNSF railway, I must relocate to the Tacoma area of Washington state. I will be operating out of the Tideflat yards. My move will take place next week but I have not determined a final locale. My options are Fife, Puyallup, Auburn, Kent and finally Tacoma itself. Any input in the following cities would be much appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Are you sure your ready to make the jump from New York City to Tacoma. I mean, moving to Tacoma must be pretty intimidating, especially to someone from NYC. ;)

I'll leave it to the pierce county guys to answer your question. I know Tacoma sometimes gets a bad rep, but it is improving bigtime, and their are some really nice neighborhoods there. Like around Stadium High School(yes, the one in the movie Ten Things I hate About You.)
 

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That must have come as quite a shock, GVNY! :pet:

But then maybe it's a promotion? :bowtie:

Alas I can't give you any advice on your new part of the world, but I surely wish you well! :wave:
 

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GVNY said:
I will be operating out of the Tideflat yards. My move will take place next week but I have not determined a final locale. My options are Fife, Puyallup, Auburn, Kent and finally Tacoma itself. Any input in the following cities would be much appreciated. Thank you.
- Fife isn't much of a residential area

- Puyallup is blowing up & has the best inventory of homes in all price ranges in the Greater South Puget Sound area. The South Hill area & Canyon Rd. area are one of the fastest growing areas in the state

- Auburn & Kent are further way from Tacoma but closer to Seattle. As you get closer to Seattle & the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah), the higher the prices in areas with nicer newer housing stock. The west ridge of Kent near Federal Way & Des Moines is more affordable but is laden with older housing stock. Affordable Puget Sound views can be found in some part around here.

- Federal Way is more suburban & has newer housing stock. It is very easy to access the Port area via 509 from the Twin Lakes area of Federal Way & NE Tacoma. Some parts of FW are nicer than others.

- Tacoma is a total mixed bag. It's downtown has just been reborn & is an infant. It's downtown residential scene is just starting & years away from being anything special if anything at all. There are new units next to the Glass Museum & others in planning. The more trendy Tacoma neighborhoods are NW of Downtown. Proctor District, Old Tacoma, areas around the University of Puget Sound, Point Defiance Park, & the Narrows are the most popular. There are a lot of nice older homes throughout the area, many have been restored & upgraded. Access to the Port area is easy via Ruston Way which turns into I-705 & 509 (the port of Tacoma freeway).

- Fircrest is a nice bedroom community near Tacoma with older homes

- University Place has a mixed bag of housing stock & is a popular Tacoma suburb

- Steilacoom is one of the oldest communities in Washington & has great Puget Sound views

- Lakewood is real mixed bag with evertything from slums to multimillion dollar mansions.

- Gig Harbor is Tacoma's wealthy suburb with newer housing stock. It is tough to get to since it is located across the Tacoma Narrows. They are building a second bridge span but the bridge will become a toll bridge when it opens.

Give me more information of what you are looking for & I can give you more specific information on certain cities or neighborhoods. I guess you could consider me an real estate "expert" for the South Sound area. I work for John L. Scott Real Estate - Puyallup Canyon Road out of our Olympia/Lacey office. We are also building a new office in Fife.

Downtown Tacoma:

(the new residential units are located above the building with the silver cone along the waterway. The cable stayed bridge at the bottom is the terminus of 509, the Port of Tacoma freeway)



NW Tacoma looking into downtown:


(tide lands at top of pic. University of Puget Sound is located under & to the left of the 'h' in "..graphers." Proctor District is the district slighlty down & to the left from UPS. Old Tacoma is above & to the left of Proctor near those patches of trees by the bay)



NW Tacoma looking N. towards Point Defiance (huge park with zoo, aquariam. Tacoma Narrows on left)



Tacoma Narrows Bridge

 

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Here are area property values (average & median) I crunched back in Feb. (basically add a few thousand dollars for today's prices)

King County

Mercer Island: $961,149, $675,000

Downtown, Central District (S. of ship canal, N. of I-90): $738,616, $480,000

Queen Anne-Magnolia, Seattle: $614,650, $535,000

Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Woodinville): $500,016, $419,000

Vashon Island: $433,391, $369,500

North Seattle (Seattle north of ship canal): $411,422, $374,950

NW King (Shoreline, Kenmore, LFP): $358,207, $305,000

West Seattle: $350,433, $306,000

South Seattle (S. of I-90, E. of Duwamish R.): $331,230, $283,230

East Valley/East Hill (Renton, Kent, Auburn, Maple Valley): $292,424, $270,523

SW King (Burien, Tukwila, Des Moines, Federal Way, part of Kent): $266,475, $243,500



Pierce County

Peninsula Pierce County (Gig Harbor, Purdy, Key P.): $318,376, $270,000

Browns Point, NE Tacoma: $288,985, $260,000

Lake Tapps/Buckley: $278,672, $251,950

NW Tacoma: $278,099, $235,250

University Place/Fircrest: $275,478, $255,000

Steilacoom: $274,207, $195,000

Edgewood/Fife: $268,756, $252,475

Puyallup/Sumner: $244,001, $232,650

South Hill: $232,602, $220,950

DuPont: $231,070, $223,875

Lakewood: $228,410, $195,000

SE Pierce (Roy, Orting, Eatonville): $216,034, $199,975

Parkland/Spanaway: $194,556, $189,950

Anderson Island/Ketron Island: $186,135, $140,000

C. Tacoma: $164,311, $158,500

S. Tacoma: $157,071, $155,000



Thurston County

Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater: $232,233, $205,000

Rochester/Tenino/Grand Mound: $181,221, $169,000

Yelm/Rainier: $174,306, $163,900


Kitsap County

Bainbridge Island: $537,539, $485,000

N. Kitsap (Poulsbo, Kingston): $276,032, $246,275

S. Kitsap (Port Orchard, Olalla): $223,036, $200,000

C. Kitsap (Bremerton, Silverdale): $215,678, $193,000
 

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Wow, thanks to everyone. I am looking at a house in Old Tacoma. The owner of the home says the area is very nice, railroad and water views and is very pedestrian friendly. Hopefully I can seal the deal.
 

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Old Tacoma is great. You can easily access Ruston Way & be on the tide flats in minutes. There are great restaurants & walking along the Commencement Bay waterfront that begins in the Old Tacoma area & goes to the NW along the bay. Proctor District isn't too far away & it along with Old Tacoma provides plenty of shopping & food.
 

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BTW if you like nice yuppie places with great water views (and a bit of a slower pace) you might want to consider Gig Harbor.
That won't be necessary. I secured my home in Old Tacoma just now.

And a new name.....OTWA?
 

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Tacoma is very much different from NYC. Try living in Downtown Seattle if you want to feel closest to home.
 

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My wife & I actually liked Tacoma, which received an audible gasp from our Seattle relatives. But there are nice attractive turn of the century homes north of downtown & within a short distance of a beautiful & massive park. Plus Tacoma's downtown, with the street car is rather nice.
 
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