The indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, known as the Coastal Salish Tribes, inhabited the area and referred to the peninsula of Olympia as “Cheetwoot” or “the black bear place.” The area is primely located at the tip of Budd Inlet and was a favored gathering site for salmon and shellfish.  The name Olympia was given by settlers in 1850 after the view of the majestic Olympic Mountains nearby, and the city was later incorporated in 1859. It became a popular site for maritime commerce on the Puget Sound and the town was built up around the waterfront.

Though technically a mid-sized city, the capital of Washington is known for its small town feel. Here you’ll find an eclectic dining and shopping scene as well as an active arts community. Its picturesque, well-kept downtown is along the waterfront and most of the area is walkable. Evergreen State College, a public liberal arts school, is here and feeds a robust music and entertainment niche. Well-funded schools, a stable job market and educated residents are all contributing factors that make Olympia a desirable locale. Government activity drives most of the growth and “liveability” factors. Even the Capitol Building is an architectural prize and tourist attraction.


A diverse mix of Washingtonians call Olympia home. You’ll find a healthy mix of students, politicians, professionals, artists, military — you name it!

Neighborhood Feel

Olympia is relatively quiet for a capital city. Amenities are abundant and the people are diverse. The area is surrounded by 40 parks and most homes are nestled among the trees.

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Neighborhood Location

DuPont Gate (exit 119)
Main Gate (exit 120)
Drive Time to Gate
15 to 20 minutes
18 to 25 minutes
By Transit
35 minutes – DuPont Station

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Children’s Museum

South Sound Wine Trail

Waterfront / Percival Landing

Farmer’s Market

Olympia Flight Museum

American Lake

Big Plus

Shopping, dining, entertainment and other amenities are all very convenient and range from eclectic/independent shops to the bigger name brands (Trader Joe’s, Costco). There’s also a fantastic mall in Olympia.

Clean city living with a Pacific Northwest eco-friendly flair.

Access to parks, outdoor activities, golf, markets, and water-based activities.

Very well-funded schools (perks of living in a state capital).

There is a great MTF called the South Sound Clinic in Lacey that serves Olympia and Lacey and is much closer than driving onto post to the hospital clinic.

Things to Consider

Your money probably won’t go quite as far here, as home prices and cost of living are a bit higher. The views, accessible amenities, schools and culture are all worth it for some.

The commute can be long and traveling on I-5 is unpredictable.

Traditional neighborhoods with craftsman-style homes are available, yet pocketed and tricky to find. Newer homes are more abundant.

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $246,200 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 3.5% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Olympia is $1,643

School Scoop

Olympia has 21 primary and secondary schools. One of the highest rated schools is Jefferson Middle School, which is rated 10 according to GreatSchools.org. The school has 345 children. Public schools in Olympia are in Olympia School District.

Olympia High School is a desirable choice for many, and most families with older children are drawn to this area for the schools, sports and extracurricular activities.

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Cooper Point Road