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)
Newly renovated 1 story rambler has great floor plan providing both open & privacy. New paint through out, new kitchen cabinets, solid surface counters, 4 new stainless a...
Listing courtesy of Better Properties Real Estate.
Stunning location! Nestled at the edge of Hole 3 on the Oakbrook golf course; what a view! An oldie but a goodie - bring your updating touches, or relish in the style. Ki...
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Country.
This beautifully maintained home is a place to gather w/ friends to make memories. 5 main floor bdrms, 2 full baths & 2 three quarter baths. Spacious kitchen opens to th...
Listing courtesy of Windermere Gig Harbor.
Four bed rooms 2.5 baths with loft area. pantry, Gas fireplace many windows, eating nook. Category Five High speed Wiring, Large Fenced Back Yard. This home feels very ...
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Rlty Bellevue.
Freshly updated home in the desirable Oakbrook community! Newer Siding, windows, light fixtures, deck & paint, Clean, user friendly kitchen leads to the dining room w/bea...
Listing courtesy of Windermere Professional Prtnrs.
7,000 sq ft lot on MR2 zone a block from the Lakewood Towne Center. Will be subdivided from rest of current lot at Seller's expense prior to closing. This property can ...
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Tacoma.
Lake homes like this don't grace the market often. Built in 56 the original owner/lumberman created a home built to stand the ages. Impeccably maintained w/many upgrades ...
Listing courtesy of ALLEN Realtors.
Fall in LOVE with this move-in-ready Home! Step inside to see for yourself: New laminate/carpet throughout, fully remodeled Kitchen & Bathroom, fresh paint (inside & out)...
Listing courtesy of John L. Scott, Inc..
Move In Ready - Very Clean and Adorable 3 bedroom + Bonus room rambler in quiet and well established neighborhood. Very well cared for and maintained by loving owners for...
Listing courtesy of REcord LLC.
Location!Location!Location! Near JBLM, VA Hospital & right across from Pierce College. Wauhop Lake & Ft Steilacoom Park in walking dist. No problem finding tenants for th...
Listing courtesy of Professional Realty Services.