I don't know about you, but I love Top 10 lists if they are done well. I'm starting with Oakbrook Lakewood, WA because I have lived here for 8 years. We are deeply invested in this community as we have started and maintained community beautification projects throughout those 10 years.

Oakbrook - Lakewood, WA Real Estate / Homes for Sale

Location: Oakbrook is located off of 87th & Steilacoom Blvd in Lakewood, WA. It is comprised of East side and West side. The dividing line is Onyx. Oakbrook ends at Phillips Rd. 

Population: Oakbrook is a fairly large community with over 1,200 homes. 

Well, here are the top 12 best things about living in Oakbrook, Lakewood, WA:

  1. It's natural beauty. Oakbrook is a mature neighborhood nestled around a greenbelt. It's tall trees and mature landscaping make it a very beautiful place to live. On any given day you can see deer roaming the yards, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, raccoons, and in certain areas, bald eagles. 
  2. Nearly every house is unique. It's not like a cookie cutter development. Homes were built over decades and there are many custom homes that reside in this area. From mid-century modern, to craftsman to contemporary flat roofed homes, Cape Cod, Tudor styled homes to Asian styled and everything in between. I believe this reflects the diversity of the residents of the neighborhood - especially when the homes were being designed and built. The lot sizes are larger than newer developments as well. 
  3. The west side of Oakbrook has truly awesome views of the Puget Sound with brilliant sunsets every evening as well as the ability to watch fireworks across the sound and Steilacoom.
  4. It has two golf courses and one frisbee golf course. 
  5. It has a great restaurant in the heart of this bedroom community with close proximity to other good dining options:
    • Oakhouse Restaurant and Bar which is attached to the golf course - many of the menu items are handmade. Fabulous burgers, drinks and spectacular outdoor dining in the heart of Oakbrook off Zircon.
    • 7 min to De La Terre, Topside Bar & Grill, Behrs Drug Store in Steilacoom, WA 
    • 3 min to Kinja Terriyaki, 5 min to Mis Tres Amigos on Steilacoom Blvd. / Oakbrook
    • 12 min to Chamber's Bay Golf Course and Restaurant in University Place
    • 12 min to Long Beach Cafe Thai Food in Lakewood Towne Shopping Center
    • 10 minutes to the Lakewood Towne Shopping Center in Lakewood. 
    • 1-3 minutes to a major grocery store (Albertsons), hardware store (Ace Hardware), and auto store (AutoZone).
    • 1-3 minutes to a great dentist (Dr. Kerr and Ianelli), great eye doctor (Dr. Kim at Rainier Eye)
    • 11 minutes to Farmer's Market held at City Hall in Lakewood. Every Tuesday. 
  6. Hidden trail. Not many people know of this, but there is a trail that is within the greenbelt that is slated to be connected to University Place! It's truly a magical place to hike down to the water and across the greenbelt... and it's right in Oakbrook's backyard. 
  7. The people. Most everyone I've run into in Oakbrook is very kind and friendly. It reminds me of a bygone era of neighborly interactions. We've had a lot of community support for our beautification projects. 
  8. It's private and tucked away. We residents joke about the labyrinth of streets. But this maze and enclosed community keeps through traffic out. 
  9. It's got a swim and tennis club that residents can enjoy during the summer (membership fee applies). Oakbrook Swim and Tennis is great for kids and teenagers to spend the summer. We and our kids have great memories there. 
  10. Oakbrook Park located in the center of Oakbrook on the west side of Oakbrook on Onyx. It's a lovely place for residents to gather and play with their kids, dogs, or just sit and watch the community go by.
  11. Can't leave this article without talking about the 3 minute drive to the large and popular Ft Steilacoom Park. It has not just one but TWO dog parks (for small and large dogs). It's got a lake with a walking trail (Lake Waughop) and lots of trails in addition to the soccer fields, and lots of summer outdoor movies and festivities. Have a picnic, snap some photos, walk or run around the park. 
  12. ONE LAST THING.... It's only a short 9 minute drive to Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom where you can take the family and have a BBQ under the gazebo, kayak in the sound (Sup Kayak Rental), layout, play in the sound or look for shells. It's an Instagram moment when its a day at the beach! Steilacoom (7 minutes) has Farmer's Markets every Wed during the summer with great food, local products and live entertainment on the grassy knoll. 

Want to live in Oakbrook, Lakewood, WA? Check out the Homes for Sale in this neighborhood!  Call or text me @ Shane Klinkhammer 253.227.1609

Oakbrook WA Real Estate / Homes for Sale