Steilacoom (pronounced ‘STILL-a-cum’) is a picturesque coastal city located roughly 10 minutes from JBLM, making it very attractive to military families. Rich in history, culture and community spirit, this quaint town is a tranquil refuge for families and retirees. Steilacoom is Washington’s oldest city and has several sites on the National Historic Register. If you’re looking for a “small town” with a view, Steilacoom is for you.

The area has a history dating back to the Steilacoom Tribe of indigenous people. When the settlers came, the area boomed as a lumber transport hub to meet the voracious demand for building materials from San Francisco. Tacoma and Seattle soon superseded the shipping capabilities of Steilacoom and the city embraced a slower, more humble existence. Today the area is a haven for families, retirees and those looking to live near the big cities, yet value a slower pace.


Steilacoom is home to some of the area’s most affluent residents, as well as dual income families, and higher ranking military officers. Annual events like the July 4th Celebration and the Salmon Bake at Sunnyside Beach are just two examples of how the residents feed the community spirit.

Neighborhood Feel

There are a variety of homes to choose from in Steilacoom. Home values are higher here, as you’re paying for the stunning views of the Sound. Historic homes and older craftsmans are abundant, as well as high-end master planned communities. Neighborhoods boast impressive parks, trails and outdoor spaces.

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Neighborhood Location

McChord Main Gate (exit 125)
Drive Time to Gate
15 to 20 minutes
By Transit
1 hour – Pacific HWY/Bridgeport

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Chamber Bay Golf course

Sunnyside Beach

Steilacoom Historical Museum

Anderson Island Ferry

Big Plus

Fantastic park system with sweeping views of the sound. Pet lovers also flock to the area’s Fort Steilacoom Dog Park.

Tight knit community steeped in history and culture.

Unique, Pacific Northwest experience.

Very close to JBLM, nearby shopping and dining.

Things to Consider

This is a pricey area. It’s not unusual for new build neighborhoods to start at $450,000. Tack on extra zeros the closer you get to the water.

Everyday shopping/amenities are available here (Trader Joe’s, Albertson’s, Starbucks) but bigger brands are located in nearby in Lakewood or Tacoma.

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $301,700 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 4.2% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Steilacoom is $1,676.

School Scoop

Steilacoom has 3 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Saltars Point Elementary School, which is rated 8 according to Public schools in Steilacoom are part of Steilacoom Hist. School District.

Highlighted Areas

Steilacoom isn’t really divided into subdivisions and there are too many greats streets to list. Keep in mind that if you can find a house on a hill, you’ll have a better view of the Sound.