Rent to Own Homes in Tacoma, WA

Located on the banks of the Puget Sound, the port city of Tacoma, Washington, has undergone significant revitalization over the past 20 years. With the two military bases bringing a constant stream of steady employment to the area, Tacoma has been able to preserve its historical heritage while adding new cultural attractions to the area. One part of this shift is the Sister City program, which allows Tacoma to trade cultural activities with 12 other international cities.

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Tacoma, WA 98418

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Tacoma, WA 98444

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Tacoma, WA 98418

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Tacoma, WA 98408

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Tacoma, WA 98444

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Tacoma's Housing Market

In Tacoma, the 2011 estimated median value for a house or condo was $207,000. Of the residential housing, 58.9 percent are owner occupied and 41.1 percent are rented. Vacancy rates in Tacoma hover around 6 percent, but only half of those empty properties are available. Home sales are up significantly all over Pierce County; in June 2013, 1,118 units were sold, representing a 32.6 percent increase over the same period in 2012. Due to the increase in real estate sales, finding rent to own homes can be difficult. Many homeowners have found that their asking price is met within weeks because real estate inventory remains low.

Tacoma Fairs and Other Events

Each year, Tacoma residents and visitors look forward to the largest annual event held in Washington -- the Puyallup Fair. Over one million people come to Tacoma in September to enjoy fair foods, rides, exhibits, and outdoor concerts. The Western Washington Fair Association holds a smaller, four-day fair in the spring. For those looking for more fair fun, the Fourth of July Tacoma Freedom Fair has tons of live music, beer gardens, an airshow, a car show, and a truly impressive fireworks display.

For adventurous eaters, the Taste of Tacoma lets residents sample some of the best and most unusual foods in the area. There are also rides and other entertainment to enjoy between visiting food booths. The Puyallup fairground also hosts an annual Oktoberfest. While the beer tasting is strictly for adults, families visit the event to enjoy Bavarian food, live music, and kids activities.

When the holiday season begins, Tacoma residents visit Fantasy Lights or Zoolights to see spectacular light displays. Fantasy Lights is designed to be enjoyed from the comfort of a car, which can be a significant advantage during cold or rainy weather. Zoolights is hosted by the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and is designed for pedestrians. However, Zoolights visitors can purchase a hot drink and enjoy the exhibits at their own pace. The zoo animals are also part of the fun of this light display.

Tacoma Industries and Employers

While Tacoma was once a city known for its manufacturing and fishing, current residents are more likely to be employed by the government. Tacoma is near the Fort Lewis Army Post and the McChord Air Force Base; together they employ roughly 40,000 city residents. The third largest employer is Washington State, which has nearly 8,000 workers. Education and health services also employ a significant portion of the workforce in Tacoma.

Neighborhoods in Tacoma

While there are dozens of smaller communities in Tacoma, the city government has divided the area into eight neighborhoods. Each area has its own neighborhood council, which advises the city government and undertakes its own improvement initiatives.

Central: In the 1990s, Central's neighborhood council allotted funds to replant and restore the Delong Park. Located next to the Delong Elementary School, this park, with its wetlands and walking trail, has become an important touchstone of the neighborhood.

Eastside: Parts of this neighborhood were originally designed as World War II military housing developments. In 2000, the neighborhood council received a grant to completely redesign and develop the Salishan community.

New Tacoma: This neighborhood encompasses the downtown area, including the theater and brewery district. The Foss Waterway Seaport, also located in New Tacoma, provides educational opportunities for visitors to learn about the area's rich maritime heritage.

North End: Home to the 6th Avenue business district, this area has changed into a walkable neighborhood full of award-winning restaurants and boutiques. Proctor Street also offers an intimate town within the city experience. Waterfront property is highly prized in this neighborhood.

Northeast Tacoma: Called the NET, this area is divided from the rest of the city by the Port of Tacoma. The hilly terrain provides plenty of views to the sea and city below. The highest part in the entire city, Indian Hill, is also located in the neighborhood.

South End: The Lincoln International District in the South End is home to many Vietnamese restaurants. It's estimated that there are more than 750 small businesses employing about 8,200 workers in the Lincoln International District. During the Vietnamese New Year, the area is often overflowing with people enjoying the area's celebration.

South Tacoma: With over 150 stores and restaurants, the Tacoma Mall on South Steele Street is this neighborhood's favorite attraction.

West End: The unique community of Salmon Beach is located in the West End. Consisting of approximately 80 homes on stilts near the water, residents must leave their cars on the cliff parking lot and carry their purchases to their beach homes.