Historical waterfront town with expansive views of Puget Sound
Washington’s oldest town has a quaint, community feel. It’s close to the more bustling hubs of Tacoma and Lakewood but feels like a small town preserved in the amber of time. It’s a wonderful place to live with a small-town charm, perfect for those who enjoy an easier pace of life surrounded by beauty. With arguably the best and most expansive views of the Puget Sound, Steilacoom is a sight to behold.
Steilacoom is a city of firsts that’s full of historic landmarks. It was the first town to be incorporated in Washington State, the first school in Pierce County, and the first public library in Washington Territory. Its founders hoped it would become the next bustling hub of industry like San Francisco. Over time, however, Tacoma and Seattle began to overshadow it, and it has found its place in history as a charming town with a storied past.
The area is made up primarily of older Craftsman-style homes. However, there have been a number of new constructions in Steilacoom, though even these new homes feel like they fit with the history and quaint charm of the town.
Steilacoom has all the hallmarks of a small town: friendly neighbors, charming public spaces, local shops, and a really great 4th of July celebration. It is quaint, historical, and full of life.
Its residents range from school-age children in young families to empty-nesting retirees. The town draws people who love to feel connected to their neighbors while still being close to the conveniences of larger towns. Because it’s close to the larger hubs, Steilacoom provides a surprisingly easy commute for those in the workforce.
You may have to travel to neighboring towns to open up your options, but the handful of local shops and restaurants in Steilacoom are delightful and delicious.
Norse & Sea - An Abundance Of Gifts and Toys is a charming boutique that has something for everyone on your list. Though there’s not much else when it comes to shopping, Steilacoom is only minutes away from the variety of options available in Lakewood and Tacoma.
For delicious burgers and a great view, find your way down to the family-owned Topside Bar and Grill. In the historic Bair Drug & Hardware building, you’ll find The Bair. This bistro serves comfort food in a nostalgic atmosphere. You can even order a soda from their original 1908 soda fountain!
Steilacoom has plenty of activities for its residents, but the focal point here is the myriad of well-maintained parks within the city limits. They’re perfect for hosting events, a family outing, or simply a stroll through nature.
The chamber of commerce puts on a 4th of July Parade and Celebration that includes a spectacular fireworks display. Steilacoom Historical Museum is worth visiting just to get a sense of the town's storied past, but they also host fun events like the annual Apple Squeeze. The Apple Squeeze is a festival with a cider-making competition, apple pie aplenty, and live music to stave off the sugar crash that’s bound to come.
Sunnyside Beach Park offers incredible views of the sound from its lush walking trails. Enjoy a day on the sand by hunting for shells or trying to spot jellyfish in the water. Sunnyside Beach is also a great place for those who want to learn underwater diving! As if one park wasn’t enough, you can also sit in the glider swing at Pioneer Orchard Park or watch the sunset from Saltars Point Park.
Steilacoom is served by the oldest organized school district in the county. Top educational opportunities include: