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.

A local Olympia real estate agent is ready to help you find your dream home!

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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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Investing in homes in Olympia, WA

Olympia, WA has always been a sleepy town and a great place to raise a family. What has finally started turning the corner is the home investors are finally really coming out of the wood works and noticing that there is more and more people moving to Olympia. With this flipping homes has become more and more of a popular item. The catch is the home prices have risen so much that finding a home for a great price to flip is harder and harder.

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to flip three more homes on waterfront on Long Lake, in Lacey, WA. The homes all home plenty of land, there are two waterfront lots, and the third home lot, can be subdivided in two 4 lots.

Stay tuned as I take you through the entire process of how I flip the homes.

Here is some starter pics.

Also please check out my website at PNW Homes Group Website if you are looking to sell or buy a home.

And please find my Youtube channel link if you want to watch my videos Captain Ron’s Real Estate Tips

 

 

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.

Beautiful 9.8 Acres Country Side right in Olympia Town

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Amazing piece of land that is a 5 minute drive to all amenities, it doesn’t get any better with country living and convenience of stores/amenities.  Beautiful large 9.8 acres with a fresh water flowing creek at the very back of the property, perfect for horses, hay and farming, with a beautiful 4 BR, 2.5 BA home with RV parking & hookups, life happens here. The home overlooks the land and barn along with 2 car detached garage and shop, plenty of room to expand and breath. Yes, Horse lover’s paradise. Don’t miss this country living right in by town with a view of Mount Rainier and elk, coyotes, rabbits, and all walks of nature that roam in the field.

To View more pictures, please click the link below

Contact Ron – 6401 Fir Tree

Mt. Rainier and the Call of the Homes

This is why we live here in Olympia Washington. This mountain – Mt. Rainier – is amazing, beautiful and all inspiring. When you wake up to this view and trust me you can see it up and down Washington state, along with other major mountains. Right now the inventory for homes is at an all time low, as there are so many people moving to Washington state, along with less people wanting to move from here.

If you are thinking of selling for any reason, relocating, upgrading, moving to a better location with a mountain view. Please call/text/email me and I will help you find the perfect home.

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New Mobile App for Android users in the Real Estate Market.

Realtor has come out with a new app for Android users to help with their home search. Here are the key points below.

  • Draw your search area directly on the map
  • Browse through big and beautiful home photos
  • Customize listings with your search criteria including square footage, price, hardwood floors, and much more
  • Save and share all your favorite listings with family and friends
  • Stay updated on the status of listings including new & pending listings, price-reduced homes for sale, and foreclosures
  • Receive price reduction notifications for your favorite homes and new listing recommendations based on your search criteria
  • NEW! Check out Sign Snap, instantly see listing details and photos by simply snapping a picture of a For Sale sign!
  • Compatible with Chromecast to stream home photos on your TV

This would be a great way to search for homes. Please find the link below to download and check out the realtor app for all your home search needs.

If you would also like a more personalized search, please don’t hesitate to call/text (360) 338-8355 or email (ron@vandorm.com).

http://www.realtor.com/mobile/android/

Tour of the Old Weyerhaeuser Corporate Building for Sale/Lease

A little nostalgia came to me when I was touring the old Weyerhaeuser corporate building this last week. It all came to me when I jumped up after my nice lunch which was included in the tour. I was in the first tour put on by the listing broker of the building. The tour was handled in small groups of 6-10 people and as we made our way up to the 5th floor the executive floor, I was excited to explore and look around. But instead of walking all around the tour guide/listing broker just walked to the middle of the floor and explained where things were laid out. And as we went to the third floor and we stand around in the center again really not touring the building but more being told what was in that area, I couldn’t help but to  slowly walk away and actually go look in the different rooms and areas. I wasn’t alone, as one of the other guys I met earlier in the lineup for lunch followed me to the rooms. He made the comment ” I really want to actually see the building, and was so excited for this opportunity”, I completely agreed with him. As we rounded the corner and started walking back to the tour group, they left and literally disappeared.

As we stood in the middle of the third floor, this is where my nostalgia kicks in. It was like I was back in high school when I used to walk around school while everyone else was in class I would be exploring the school. So my new found friend Jeff and I look at each other and knew exactly what to do, have our own tour of the building. Of course we walked to the back areas, explored and then we go through a few doors and more doors. Then one key door I was about to tell Jeff to hold the door, but I let it go and didn’t say anything out loud. As we head through the second door to the cargo bay, well you probably guessed it we were locked out. I couldn’t help but laugh, yep just like high school, but with high end clothes on and in a 50 million dollar plus building, and yes Im working, well sort of. I was not to concerned, as there is always a way out. After still laughing and letting Jeff explore to find a way out, which he did in a few 3-4 minutes later, and after having stopped to take a selfie. We headed out through the loading ramp back up to the main entrance. We look at each other and know exactly what to do and that was to continue on our private tour of the building. We explore every floor in and out, every door and notice every detail from the full wood door handles, to the engine room with ear plugs and old blue print plans of the building. At the end I had a huge grin on my face, I had 2 plus hours of exploring this amazing building, bringing back old good memories of not a worry in the world, just exploring and admiring beautiful architecture and being right in my element. Please find the pictures below I took of the epic adventure.

p.s. If you would like to buy the building for about $150 a sqft, comes to about $54 million with 40 acres  or  lease at least 100,000 square feet basically one floor for $17 a square foot, please contact me to be your broker to represent you. Ron Rougeaux (360) 338-8355.

 

Time to List your home

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The market is starting off again this year fast and strong. Actually it really has not slowed down since last year.

Folks are moving to the PNW in drones looking for that fresh water/air/trees/mountains and just a change of life. Most are acquiring new jobs in the area and businesses are hiring like crazy up and down the Puget sound area.

Most people selling are looking to down grade and up grade. Some have to big of a house and the kids are gone, and looking to find that perfect retirement home. Others are just moving up and need a bigger home for the kids and the best school locations. No matter what your reason is for selling, if you are just moving for constant sun even, let me help you sell your home.

When you go to sell your home, you want someone who will take care of the pictures – actually hiring a professional and even someone with a drone to get an ariel view, advertising – All advertising online/social media and newspaper/flyers. And if the home is vacant even home staging if required and holding “open house” on the weekends – to bring more foot traffic in the home ( if you are comfortable with an open house, some homes don’t require an open house). Pricing the home right – there is nothing worse then pricing the home to high and just having it sit on the market and then keep lowering the price, and maybe not even selling.

So before you go to list your home for sale, please contact me and I will run through the entire process and make sure you are taken care of properly and I get your home sold more importantly for a great price.

Have a great Tuesday,

Ron Rougeaux

Van Dorm Realty

(360) 338-8355

Real Estate Already Starting to Get Busy in – Olympia, WA.

It’s the start of the new year and most people are focusing on the gym and what healthy plans they will try this year. One of my neighbors is doing the “no drinking” for a month, and my other neighbor is doing the Paleo diet.

But others are already starting to hit the real estate market hard. Either due to higher interest rates that are starting this year, or realizing now is the time to get in a home before it is to late. Along with high rental rates which have sky rocketed in Olympia, WA.

A lot of sellers are also realizing this and starting to list a lot earlier then in the years past.

If you are a buyer or seller, there is no time like now. I would say you will catch the early buyers out on the market wanting a change now and trying to get a head start of the summer rush, and multi-bidding wars. And the sellers are also trying to get ahead of the multiple home listings that could also flood the market in homes in certain neighborhoods. And if you home is not the best or one of the best in the neighborhood, it could sit a lot long on the market then the other homes that will blow your home away and may even lower your value if then underprice their home.

If you are looking to buy or sell, and want to get a head start in the market and want someone to make sure you get straight forward help. Please don’t hesitate to call (360)-338-8355 or email me (ron@vandorm.com). Or if you like just discussing real estate and would like some questions answered or a realistic value on your home, just let me know.

Happy New Year and let the Real Estate Begin.

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