Lakewood was originally Tacoma until 1996 when it incorporated into its own city. As you can imagine, this city of <57,000 people was dubbed Lakewood due to its many beautiful lakes. Of the 17 square miles of land, 10% of that is covered in water. It's the second largest city in Pierce County and contains 5 lakes: Lake Louise, Lake Steilacoom, American Lake, Waughop Lake, and Gravelly Lake. Many of these lakes are large enough for watercraft as well as kayaking.
Lakewood is located between Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis McChord and is bound by I5 and the Puget Sound. You can access Lakewood via Bridgeport, Gravelly Lake or 72nd Street exits from I5 or coming from Steilacoom, and University Place, via Steilacoom Blvd.
For its size, Lakewood offers some pretty good shopping options in the Lakewood Towne Center. For higher end shopping, one needs to travel to the Tacoma Mall (20 min depending on location), Southcenter Mall (45 min) or Seattle (60 min). One of the last big book stores still stands in the Lakewood Towne Center: Barnes & Noble. The main grocery stores are Safeway on Gravelly Drive, Albertsons on Steilacoom Blvd. in Oakbrook Community, and H&L Produce on Custer Street & Lakewood Drive.
There are many small businesses in Lakewood that make for great local options as opposed to large box store shopping. When you can, shop local!
Whole Foods is located on Bridgeport 17 minutes or less away (depending on where you live).
There are many small and local dining options -- too many to name. Some favorites are Long Beach Cafe for Thai, The Ram for American moderately priced food and a solid bar with lots of big TVs for sports, Mis Tres Amigo for Mexican (never fails to satisfy), Oakhouse Restaurant & Bar for a tad more upscale dining option - dubbed the best dining secret of Lakewood due to its being tucked away in Oakbrook housing community. Casa Mia has the, hands down, best pizza and is a local company. There are countless Terriyaki and Pho (Pho Tai) places that you'll just have to test out. Kyoto on South Tacoma Way for sushi. Looking for the best hamburger? Oakhouse Restaurant has the best burgers around with beautiful scenery of the Oakbrook Golf Course! Oh, and I can't forget the Greek Cafe with it's never fail awesome food. Try the Mousaka and the Saganaki dishes besides the traditional gyros. Feel good, comfort food.
Depending on the time of year, you may be staying indoors. For wintertime activities, going to the Loew's Theater to watch a movie in a leather reclining chair is pretty fun. You can make your own ceramics at Art & Clay Studio. You can take Yoga Classes at Lakewood Holistic Yoga Studio or Tuladhara Yoga. Surprisingly, this small-ish city has its very own live theatre, located within the Lakewood Towne Center. Every play I've been to at the Lakewood Playhouse, I felt, was well done.
I love to take our family to the Barnes & Noble and spend a leisurely afternoon tooling around and getting coffee. There is an actual Tea House (the old school kind) called Steeped in Comfort where you wear hats and have little sandwiches with the crust cut off.
For Spring, Summertime and Fall, you can't beat being outdoors. Whether you're frolicking on one of the lakes, walking or running around Fort Steilacoom Park and Lake Waughop, you could be taking in the Lakewold Gardens property or the Thornwood Castle (yes, there is an honest to goodness castle!). Fort Steilacoom Park is a great park for the family and there is one of the best dog parks in the area there. It has trails, a lake, running sidewalk, playground and during the summer, there are plenty of events, concerts and fairs to enjoy as well.
During the summer, there is also a Farmer's Market at the Lakewood City Hall on Tuesday. You can go fishing at many of the Lakes or go golfing at many of the local public or private golf courses: Oakbrook Golf Course, Fort Steilacoom Golf or Frisbee Golf Course (located in Oakbrook), Meadow Park Golf Course (located off Custer and Lakewood) and Tacoma Golf and Country Club located on Gravelly Drive.
Lakewood offers a wide variety of homes from older homes with character and charm to newer homes to lakefront homes to Puget Sound view homes. You're sure to find exactly the kind of home you seek here. Browse our pre-defined home listing searches below!
2 bedrooms houses/condos for sale in Lakewood (average price is $191k, 14 listings as of 2/12/2017)
3 bedrooms houses/condos for sale in Lakewood (average price is $361k, 35 listings as of 2/12/2017)
4 bedrooms houses/condos for sale in Lakewood (average price is $323k, 23 listings as of 2/12/2017)
5+ bedrooms houses/condos for sale in Lakewood (average price is $509k, 6 listings as of 2/12/2017)
Waterfront / Lakefront / Waterview houses for sale in Lakewood (average price is $1.1 million, 14 listings as of 2/12/2017)
Don’t miss this condo-it's going to go FAST! This home has been beautifully renovated from top to bottom. Seller has spared no expense & used the highest quality material...
Listing courtesy of Commencement Bay Brokers LLC.
Charming Craftsman-style 2 story home. Gated community very near Lake Steilacoom. Lives like a rambler w/1st floor master suite & den. Craftsman finishes/plantation shutt...
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Professionals.
WOW! Exceptional Fully Permitted Remodel is Now Complete: New Roof/Windows/Electrical Panel/Gas Furnace/Water Heater/Interior & Exterior Paint! Large 1-Car Detached Garag...
Listing courtesy of Skyline Properties, Inc..
Literally 2 minutes to the I-5, a stone throw from the Great American Lake with park access just around the corner, you will find this super practical 2 bedroom & 2 story...
Listing courtesy of Century 21 Northwest.
Cute as a button! The adorable lakefront cottage has all the charm and character you could ask for. Efficient floor plan allows you to enjoy stunning views & sunsets. Pr...
Listing courtesy of ALLEN Realtors.
This highly sought after gated community in Madera is a hidden gem. With master suite on main this home will live like a rambler. Grand entrance w/ vaulted ceilings, gorg...
Listing courtesy of Windermere RE West Campus Inc.
Great opportunity to own multi-family property! 5 units, 2 duplexes and a home all on 2 separate tax parcels. The property is fenced and gated with a history of always be...
Listing courtesy of Timothy Johnson Coml Prop LLC.
Stay cool with air-conditioning in this 4 bed & 1.75 bath rambler. Quiet private road location with plenty of off-street parking. Beautiful double-sided gas fireplace in ...
Listing courtesy of Northwest Home Sales.
Beautifully updated rambler, in a well established neighborhood that offers 3bd 1 bath, with a large living room. The house has been updated through out with new kitchen,...
Listing courtesy of Skyline Properties, Inc..
Perfect Starter home or Investment property! 2 bedroom, 1 bath rambler in a Fantastic location with large, level fenced lot that offer possibilities galore - Plenty of r...
Listing courtesy of Gateway Real Estate.