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 Tacoma and Seattle soon superseded the shipping capabilities of Steilacoom and the city embraced a slower, more humble existence.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.
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.