Tacoma Modern Homes

This port city, nicknamed the City of Destiny, is the third largest in the state, bowing only to Seattle and Spokane. It’s the seat for expansive Pierce County and was once a blue-collar timber town. Over the past decades, Tacoma has quietly morphed into one of the most livable cities in Puget Sound with up-close views of Mount Rainier, deep roots in glass art (it’s the hometown of renowned artist Dale Chihuly), and an increasingly modern-industrial downtown core. Buildings of note include LeMay America’s Car Museum, an impressive collection of automobiles housed inside a gleaming structure; the Museum of Glass, with its 90-foot-tall hot shop cone; the Tacoma Art Museum, an industrial-inspired building clad in stainless steel skin; and the unmistakable Tacoma Dome. Elsewhere, preserved theaters and historic landmarks like 1911’s Union Station honor the city’s past. The mix of new development and restored relics has led to an interesting blend in terms of residences. It’s not unusual to find mid-century modern properties close to Craftsman homes, turn-of-the-century Victorians, and contemporary buildings. Across Commencement Bay, Browns Point residents enjoy the attractions and amenities of nearby Federal Way with waterfront views and marinas. To the west, across the water from Fox Island, University Place is a suburb with beautiful scenery and one of the world’s finest golf courses, Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. Farther south on the shores of Puget Sound, Steilacoom was the first incorporated town in Washington with origins dating back to the Oregon Trail frontier era. History buffs can see some of the oldest homes in the state here as well as historic landmarks and vintage storefronts.