This small, yet growing town was originally set up as a trading post in 1833, then later purchased in 1906 by the DuPont company to support its employees and their families. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the only former “company town” that still preserves its history. DuPont has a “Mayberry” feel because of the idyllic community, family friendly amenities, and tight knit residents. The neighborhood is located just 5 minutes from JBLM, arguably giving it the best commute in the area. It’s also only 15 minutes north of Olympia and 20 minutes south of Tacoma.


DuPont is populated predominantly by military families because of the proximity to JBLM. You’ll also find locals that have lived there for generations. Residents are very active, in part because it’s largely military, but also because of the culture and environment of northwestern Washington. Although DuPont is often referred to as the “off-post of on-post housing,” there are several large companies (Intel, Amazon, and State Farm) that draw civilian residents and it’s also attractive to retirees.

Neighborhood Feel

Nestled between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, you’ll find stunning views and abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. When it’s not raining, kids play in front yards, neighbors converse on porches, dogs are walked and runners hit the trails. Homes are spacious and relatively new (1990s and newer), and the area exudes small town charm. The Palisade area of the neighborhood is bordered by wooded areas and homes have slightly larger yards compared to the Hoffman Hill side, where the homes have very small lots.

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Neighborhood Location

Dupont Gate 2
Main Gate
Drive Time to Gate
2 minutes
6 minutes
By Transit
10 to 20 minutes (Walking)

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Tolmie State Park

Nisqually National Wildlife Sanctuary

Puget Sound

Sequalitchew Creek and Beach

Eagles Pride Golf Course and The Home Course

Big Plus

The commute from DuPont to JBLM can’t be beat. Living elsewhere and dealing with the heavy congestion of I-5 can be quite challenging.

Expanding businesses and new ones coming in are driving growth, which will widen shopping, dining, and hotel availability.

You are right in the middle of several national parks and natural wonders!

On-post community feeling without living on-post.

Incredible trail system that people travel in from other areas to utilize.

Things to Consider

While there are smaller scale shopping options available in DuPont, you may need to head to nearby Lakewood, Steilacoom, and Olympia for big box shopping like Home Depot, Costco, Safeway, etc…  

Neighborhoods are thick and have low speed limits, so the deeper back you go the longer it will take you to get in and out. It could add as much as 15 minutes, but getting on base is a piece of cake from there.

Yards are small and the neighbors are very close (both in proximity and community). The homes don’t vary a lot in form of architecture, which prompts the “cookie-cutter” moniker.

Homes here move fast and often by word-of-mouth. We recommend that you stalk the market and be positioned to move quickly!

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $293,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 2.0% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in DuPont is $1,710.

School Scoop

Dupont contains 7 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Chloe Clark Elementary School, with a rating of 8 according to Chloe Clark Elementary School has 574 children. Public schools in Dupont are part of North Thurston Public Schools or Clover Park School District.

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