The 8 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Olympia, WA [2021]

The 8 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Olympia, WA [2021]

Best Neighborhoods Olympia

The capital of Washington State is 60 miles south of Seattle on the southern end of Puget Sound. Budd Inlet goes right into the center of the city.  Olympia is a perfect place for those who love the outdoors as well as love the city. The ocean is a little way to the west, and the mountains are a little way to the north and east. Tacoma and Seattle are a short drive.

Olympia has a decent cost of living – definitely more affordable than Seattle and Tacoma. They are very proud of their public transportation system with the Sounder Train and an extensive bus system. Amtrak also has routes to Tacoma and Seattle by train. Many people work for the government, but great jobs are available in technology, distribution, healthcare, and hospitality.

If you love the outdoors (and the rain), you’ll enjoy the many parks, forests, and waterways. Rock climbing, backpacking, and kayaking destinations are right outside your door. Mt. St. Helens, ocean beaches, and Hood Canal are a short drive. Heritage Park is next to the State Capitol, Capitol Lake, and downtown Olympia. The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a national natural landmark with 275 migratory bird species, marshes, and an abundance of salmon.

Those who like the performing and visual arts will not be disappointed in the selection of theaters, concerts, and art museums. The Squaxin Island Museum teaches visitors about native tribes in the area. The Wet Science Center is all about water. 

Living in Olympia, WA


Children attend the Olympia School District. There are 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. There are several private schools, as well as good support for homeschooling families. South Puget Sound Community College and Evergreen State College provide associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs for higher education.

With 33 neighborhoods on all sides of the inlet, moving to Olympia is all about finding your perfect home. Some have gorgeous views of the water, some have great proximity to downtown, some are great for families, and some are on the outskirts where it’s quiet.  Here are a few highlights to get you started.

Cain Road


Cain Road has 835 newer upscale homes supported by an active homeowner’s association. Home prices vary from $350,000 to $930,000. The majority of the homes were built in the 1950s through the 1990s. Most homes have 3-4 bedrooms.  The average commute time is 10-19 minutes. The median household income is nearly twice that of the rest of Olympia. There are two local parks in the area – Watershed Park and McGrath Woods Park.  Children who attend the Washington Middle School do not have to go far.

Middle School

Castlewood


Castlewood is a larger community with a population of 1266 and a median home price of $325,000. This is a family community with residential homes and amenities. There are several parks in the area, including LBA Park, Margaret McKenny Park, and Chambers Lake Trailhead Park. Johnson Berry Farm is close by for berry picking.  Children attend Margaret McKenny Elementary School and Washington Middle School. 

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East Bay Drive


A narrow neighborhood right on the coastline, East Bay Drive has condominiums, waterfront properties, and gorgeous homes. There are beaches in your backyard, and nearby at Priest Point Park. Take a hike on the rocky beachfront alongside Ellis Cove.  East Bay Drive has a population of 193 and a median home price of $850,000, with homes selling as high as $1.2 million.

Eastside


Eastside is a mix of residential and businesses and is close to downtown for easy commutes. One of the older neighborhoods in the area, its history dates back to the mid-1800s. Homes are modest in size, with a median price of $394,000. The active neighborhood association sponsors community events such as the Annual Summer Picnic.

Indian Creek


A quieter neighborhood with an older population, Indian Creek has 539 residents. This is a great place for retirees and those looking for a safe and secure area.  The median home price is $327,490. There are several parks for walking, including Woodland Trail / Frederick Street Crossing and McGrath Woods Park. There are also several churches in the neighborhood, including Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Church of Living Water.

Nottingham


With a taste of England in the neighborhood and street names, Nottingham is a delightful area. With a population of 203, this small community is one of the most affluent and safest. It’s very close to shopping and restaurants. Schools in the area are Pioneer Elementary, Sunrise Beach School, and Olympia High School.  

South Capitol


Located south of downtown and the state capitol building, this neighborhood is excellent for those who work in the downtown area. The median home price is $577,000, and the homes are older with established trees in their yards.  The city’s oldest school – Lincoln Options Elementary (built in 1922), is in this neighborhood. Tennis courts, picnic areas, and turf ball fields are found at Stevens Field. Young professionals and families make South Capitol their home within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, arts events, and a produce market.

Coffee Shops in South Capitol

South Westside  


Many of the more desirable neighborhoods are on the east side of the inlet, but South Westside is an exception.  This is one of the largest neighborhoods in terms of population. Homes here average in price from $420,000 to $530,000. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and fitness facilities. The Capital Philharmonic is located in South Westside.  It’s dog-friendly and walkable. There are several public and private schools that children can attend. There are plenty of green spaces and access to the inlet at Marathon Park.

Moving to Olympia, WA


For an area with great schools, friendly tree-lined neighborhoods, plenty of outdoor activities, special events, and fresh produce and seafood, you can’t beat Olympia, WA. With views of Mt. Ranier and Puget Sound, there’s city life in the middle of an outdoor mecca. Find the local hangouts and enjoy the best of the pacific northwest.

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Ranked: The Best Private Elementary Schools in Seattle [2021]

Ranked: The Best Private Elementary Schools in Seattle [2021]

Best Private Elementary Schools

Parents want the best education for their children.  Public schools provide the basics and some stand way above the rest, but to ensure that your children are learning certain values in a smaller, individualized setting, many parents choose to send their children to a private school.  These can be religious-based or non-sectarian. 

The Seattle area has 96 private elementary schools serving over 20,000 students.  Nearly half of these have religious affiliations, but many do not.  Some are just for younger students, and some cover up to 12th grade.  Some also incorporate after-care programs to accommodate your work schedule.  Tuition costs vary, but the average yearly rate is $18,945.  The number of students ranges from just a few dozen to several hundred.  Here are some of the best private schools in the Seattle area:

The Bush School

One of the oldest and largest private schools is The Bush School.  Founded by Helen Taylor Bush in 1924, this non-sectarian school has 660 students in grades Preschool-12th.  The average class size is around 15 students, and they are from all different backgrounds.  The school stresses independent and creative thinking, intercultural fluency, and citizenship with excellent academics, arts, and sports.  There is also an off-site campus where students can participate in wilderness activities.  The Bush School is selective about the students it selects, and tuition ranges from $27,500 for lower grades to $35,255 for high school. 

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Epiphany School

Epiphany School is an independent, non-parochial school for pre-kindergarten to 5th-grade students.  Offering a well-rounded education that includes excellent academics, value, and character-based learning in a caring, inclusive environment.  This school encourages parental participation.  There are 236 students and tuition runs $26,705 per year.  Founded in 1958, this is an established school with a great reputation.  The average teacher-to-student ratio is 7:1, which is about half the national average, so all students will get the attention they need.  There are several extracurricular activities including LEGO engineering, gymnastics, and yoga.

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Hamlin Robinson School

If your student is struggling with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences, the Hamlin Robinson School will provide your student with individualized instruction in a multi-sensory approach.  The teachers build positive self-esteem and encouragement for students who are discouraged about their challenges.  There are 324 students in grades 1-8 and the average class size is 15.  Tuition ranges from $25,854 to $28,280 depending on the grade.  There are plenty of sports and extra-curricular activities to round out your student’s learning experience.  With a nurturing, diverse environment, teachers are well-versed in the latest techniques to encourage your student to thrive.

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Bright Water Waldorf School

The Waldorf education originated in Germany in 1919.  Since then, Waldorf schools and their philosophy have spread across the world.  The Bright Water Waldorf School opened in 1998 to bring this prestigious educational experience to Seattle.  Serving 184 students through grade 8, students are exposed to a rich curriculum, innovative teaching methods, individual attention, and a caring community.  There is a rich academic experience as well as sports opportunities.  Your student will build confidence and receive an outstanding education for $7,900 to $18,375 tuition for the school year.  Around 60% of students who apply for admission are accepted.

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Holy Rosary School

Around 40% of private schools in Seattle are run by the Catholic Church.  Holy Rosary School ranks in the top 20% of private schools in the entire state of Washington.  Serving pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, the 482 students enjoy a faith-based education centered on Bible teachings.  Faith and prayer are integrated into the curriculum and lifestyle.  In addition, Holy Rosary School integrates elements of STEM to give students a technology education that will prepare them for the future.  Band, chess club, LEGO Robotics, and Youth Choir round out the student’s experience.

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Dartmoor School

For those students who want individualized attention, Dartmoor school provides one-on-one instruction.  Whether your student struggles with a learning challenge or is ahead of the curve, Dartmoor can help.   Founded in 1990, Dartmoor has helped thousands of students excel.  They serve grades 1-12 and tuition varies.  This type of school environment is perfect for athletes and performers as the schedule is flexible and unique to each student.

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Seattle Christian School

Founded in 1946, Seattle Christian School is designed for those students and families desiring a strong faith-based educational experience.  With 512 students in grades Kindergarten through 12, this school is small enough for individualized attention yet large enough to offer advanced academics and all major sports. Tuition is $11,500 per year with discounts available for those in financial need.  Students are well-prepared educationally and spiritually for life. 

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Academy Schools

For another small school option, Academy Schools offers classes of between one and ten students.  Teachers play the role of facilitators or coaches to nurture the students out of their comfort zone into their full potential.  They believe that every child is gifted and prove this with 100% of their students going on to college.  Founded in 1995, this non-sectarian organization is home to 48 students.  Yearly tuition ranges from $9,750 to $21,250 depending on grade.  Extracurricular activities include Cooking, Robotics, Arts, and Music.

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Bertschi School

246 students in Preschool through 5th grade attend the Bertschi School.  Founded in 1975, their philosophy is to educate children to become compassionate, confident, and creative learners.  Tuition is $30,789 per year.  The student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1. There is a collaboration between teachers, parents, and students to establish a conducive and tolerant learning environment.  Their campus is committed to sustainability and living with nature.  In addition to stellar academics, students can study art, technology, dance, and music.

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So Many Choices!

Seattle is a mecca for school choice, and these are a few of the best private elementary schools in the area.  From Amish to Christian to non-sectarian, you will be able to find the one that fits with your family values.  Whether your child is gifted or needs special attention, there are alternatives.  While cost may be a factor for some, many schools have financial aid programs.  Visit the school and talk to the administration to explore what the school has to offer.  The possibilities are abundant, and you are sure to find the perfect fit for you and your child. 

Ron Rougeaux, located in Olympia, Washington is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. PNW Homes Group are committed to their key core values of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty providing quality service is his highest priority. Whether you are buying, selling, or curious about the market, PNW Homes has the answers. 

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Crazy Weather / Crazy Real Estate – PNW-

The heat is suppose to reach 108 degrees today here in Olympia, Washington the Capital of Washington State. Just plain crazy and it should be a record breaker! Please Stay safe and if you need a cooling station, I will post locations on the bottom of this blog.

Yesterday and today I have an open house, and I am glad the home is definitely cool and the tenants have the air conditioning blasting. Even in the heat yesterday I had die hard buyers coming though and viewing the home, along with investors as the home is a great rental property. And of course you have myself making sure not matter what real estate continues on selling. This market in real estate compared with the heat right now is just plain crazy!

We still have more buyers moving up to the PNW and looking for all kinds of homes from investments, their primary home, and especially waterfront. (Waterfront in the PNW is like gold here). If you are looking to buy in this insane market you need an experienced real estate broker that can lead you in the right direction. I see a lot of agents just plain selling any home to anyone, and to me it doesn’t make sense.

Look at my website and profile http://www.pnwhomesgroup.com and if you are considering multiple agents, do your research online. I keep hearing from clients that they feel so lucky to have had me handle their real estate deals and find them the right home. That doesn’t happen by fluke, I have spent years perfecting my trade and multiple years of research in real estate in Washington state. If you have questions in anything regarding real estate in Washington State, in any city from Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Centralia, Elma, Shelton, Tacoma, up to Seattle, Bellingham, Bainbridge Island, Port Townsend, to Grays Harbor, and on the Eastern side of Washington all the way to Spokane. I have sold and bought in the cities and so many more for clients. Especially in Primary Homes, Investments, Commerical Properties, and Vacant/Timber Land.

Please make sure you use the best to help you in Real Estate and I can confidently say I will help you the best way possible amazing customer service to take care of every detail and to actually close the deal.

Call me (360) 338-8355 today to help you list or buy a property in Washington.

Now please stay safe and cool, and if you can go jump in a lake/river/of the ocean for a refreshing dip to cool off. I will be right there with you in the water today. And please find the cooling stations below.

The Olympia Emergency Cooling Center will be open from 12-6 p.m. starting Sat. to Mon., June 26-28. It’s located at the northwest corner of State Ave. and Capitol at 201 Capitol Way N.

In Lacey, the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center at  6757 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey WA  98503 will be open Saturday, June 26 –  Monday, June 28 from Noon – 6 p.m.

These cooling centers will be available for individuals needing shelter during the hottest parts of these days.

Stay safe – and the Best from the Rougeaux’s

Mask for Real Estate

Never in a million years would I have guessed I would have ever been driving around to go show homes with my main essential item being a mask!
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Web Site for Home Search – PNW Homes Group

If you are like me, you love searching for homes. What I love about my website is you can browse, explore, and find the perfect home, or piece of land or even an amazing commercial building for your business. The website updates constantly and you never miss the newest property on the market. This allows you to make sure you get the property first and get that offer in before everyone else.

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Stop and Look Around

I will say it is very easy somedays to just completely get engulfed in work, or life and completely stop to look around. I know it is a little cliché to say, but I have to remember to look around. I will admit it is very easy somedays for me to forget that we live in/on the puget sound. If you don’t actually see the water or work by it, you forget how beautiful it is.

Today I have clients downtown and I stopped into one of my favorite places, Budd Bay Cafe and they have one of the best calm chowders, and of course a great view of the water and boats.

Just a quick update, if you are running around like crazy and working all the time, don’t forget to take it all in or it will just fly by.

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We live somewhere beautiful – PNW

The saying goes “Where you hang your Hat” is Home. Well I can say I absolutely love living in the PNW, in Washington State. Or more accurately Lacey, WA or Olympia, Wa as everyone just groups us in with Olympia – The Capital of Washington State.

I have live a lot of places, and loved all of them, but my heart will always bring me back home to the PNW. Sometimes its hard to describe, and understand. For the locals it is a no brainer, fresh air, fresh water, mountains, trees and desert all in one state. We have Canada to the north and Oregon to the South and the Pacific Ocean to the West. You can’t beat how this is the furtherest north you can go in the continuous 49, expect for Alaska.

When you look around, and especially in Olympia, it is like a time warp. Yes its the capital of the state, but when I walk into the county court house for real estate permits. It is like traveling back into time, a simpler time, the smells, the sights all reflect an era that is long and gone, except for in Olympia, WA. When you walk down the streets and go into the shops and restaurants. It is a friendly warm welcome, as if you have always been a local. I would even say you get more room to make this city your own, as the constraints of a big city or new age era is so structured and ridged with protocols, where here you have the luxury of more freedom.

Some will see a different side, but if you know what to look for, this place is as good as it gets in my mind. I am so happy we decided to make this our home, not only for our children. Where they can have a glimpse of the world I grew up in, it helps them understand that there is more then just being a robot with standardized structure. Here you can you, see the old with the new. A launch port for exploring the world outside the United States. Plus Washington state in its self is almost a replica of the entire US, in a complete small scale minus the east coast atmosphere and south.

If you are looking for a place to call your own in the PNW – Call me – 360.338.8355

*** I will make sure to tell you the history, the legends, the facts and everything you should and need to know when buying out here in the PNW. And if you do make the change, welcome to the last wild west country in the United States!

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Summit Lake Water-Front

Summit Lake Cabin Home

When you think of waterfront in the woods with a cabin and friends and adventures await you usually will go towards the movie “The Great Outdoors”.

This cabin on Summit Lake is what I think of with regards to the movie “The Great Outdoors”. When you look around all you see is trees, and the water is beautiful with 2 docks on the property and a boat house. The cabin with 2 bedrooms and bath make you feel right at home and the solid new deck really allow you to relax and enjoy the wilderness settings. If your style is fishing, relaxing and just taking in the surroundings, this is you lake front home.

Waterfront living & views! Adorable 2 BR cottage right on Summit Lake in a great location with a deck overlooking the lake, boathouse, and has 2 docks. Adjoining property has a fire pit. Sited on a private lane. 3 parcels total included in sale with over 100 feet of waterfront.

Link to see more pictures and details on the Lake front cabin home.

Summit Lake Cabin home Link

Wind and No power – Home quality of Life

When the wind is blowing and of course in Washington State the trees are abundant, which equals branches falling on power lines everywhere. Which means disrupted or no power for hours to maybe a day or two for you and your home.

When looking at buying or building a home. A major question should be is the house wired for a generator?

Yes you can be like be, I have a generator from Cabela’s. And the generator works great. Here are the issues though. I am running my extension cords from the side of the home where I have my generator behind the fence. Then the cords go through the garage door in to the house and I plug in the key essentials, Fridge, phone and any items we would like to have the luxury of usage. It definitely works and is a nice way to get a little bit of power. Plus we have the wood burning fireplace for some heat. But every time the power goes out, I always say, “I wish my house was wired for a generator”.

Then all I would have to do is start the generator on the outside of my home. It is wired in to the house and I have the selected items I want on the generator running. No extension cords, no trying to figure out which items I can use. It is all setup and running. Now I will admit it is kinda of fun, running the extension cords and really feel like I am trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, but after the few times, yay I’m good. And the next house I buy or build, will be wired for a generator.