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!
Welcome Home to this amazing lakefront home, w/ breathtaking views! Enter quiet neighborhood to find home with wrap around driveway, sitting on cul-de-sac. Interior featu...
Listing courtesy of TEC Real Estate Inc..
Serene living at this property! 4 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 fireplaces and many decks! Property is almost a half acre, backs up to a creek, fully fenced, beauti...
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty PS.
**Investor Special ** Fixer w/HUGE potential in quiet neighborhood! Fantastic location close to I-5, H-Mart, shopping, JBLM & Wards Lake. BIG 2156sf 3 bedroom rambler + B...
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty PS.
An impeccably maintained Gardener & Mechanic's Paradise! Enjoy lots of natural light w/vaulted ceilings & skylights. The extra wide & deep detached garage/shop is heated ...
Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Honors.
Beautiful updated home in a high desirable neighborhood, close to city center and 2 min from I-5. No HOA. The house has been updated through out w/new int/ext paint, win...
Listing courtesy of Skyline Properties, Inc..
Welcome to this well maintained Rambler in the Oakbrook Golf Community. This home features both formal and informal living areas, formal dining room, 3 bedrooms and 2 ful...
Listing courtesy of Windermere Professional Prtnrs.
Investment opportunity in great Lakewood location close to bus lines and amenities. Live in one unit & rent out the other or rent both units for income. Corner lot, ple...
Listing courtesy of Heaton Dainard, LLC.
Elegant in design & luxury custom tudor married perfectly w/colonial/craftsman home in Steilacoom Sch Dist. Step in the grand entrance & gaze upon original HW floors & un...
Listing courtesy of John L. Scott, Inc..
Perfect Rental Income Opportunity! Each Unit has 2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bath, Large Open Living Room, Laundry/Mudroom, Washer/Dryer Hookups, and Beautifully Updated Kitchens,...
Listing courtesy of My Home Group Real Estate LLC.
Great cash flowing duplex available in Tillicum! Well-maintained units fully occupied w/room for rent increases! Don't miss out on these units - strong 6 cap.
Listing courtesy of Entry 8 Real Estate.
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