Incorporated in 1996, Lakewood is located just outside JBLM and is considered the base’s host community. It boasts several lakes, parks and golf courses in keeping with the emphasis on outdoor recreation that is a common in the Pacific Northwest. Lakewood offers affordable housing and a very short commute to JBLM and for these reasons is attractive to many military families. Amenities like shopping and dining are in great supply and there’s a fantastic farmer’s market in the summer! The gate to McChord Air Base is directly adjacent to Lakewood and I-5 runs through town giving great access to Tacoma, Olympia, and even Seattle.
You’ll find an abundance of military residents — young singles and families — residing in Lakewood.
Homes here tend to be on the smaller side and a bit more dated, having mostly been built in the 1960 to 1990 timeframe. There are pockets of nice houses (even grand lakefront mansions) mixed in with some that haven’t been quite as well maintained, so we recommend doing your research.