Old meets New

MEDIAN: $424,250

Get to Know McKinley

McKinley is on Tacoma’s Eastside. The neighborhood is between Portland and Pacific Avenue and from South 38th Street until about 64th Street. Historically a town called Bismark centered around 64th & McKinley Ave was an important part of Tacoma’s logging history and growth. While the area is now the McKinley you can still see the town’s commercial center and former mills while driving on Mckinley.

Why McKinley is so Great

McKinley has a mix of historic homes, from Craftsman homes to homes built in the 50’s and 60′. Nowadays McKinley has the largest amount of newer homes in Tacoma with new developments filling in former farmstead and historic industrial properties throughout the neighborhood. Great places to eat and drink include Tami’s in Tacoma (bar), El Antojo (the best Mexican), and Burger Broiler (said to be like In-N-Out). Don’t miss Earthwise Architectural Salvage and the Portland Ave. Nursery.

What to do in McKinley

The Stewart Heights Park and Pool is the place to be in McKInley during the hot hot days of Summer.


1930-1940 craftsman, 1950-1960s minimal traditional & ranch-style, 1980-1990s split level, 2000’s suburban craftsmen-stylel, new construction

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What the Neighbors are Saying

It's one thing to form an opinion based on your first impressions of a neighborhood, but it's another to hear from the people who call it home.

Our neighborhood is like living with a lot of family members. When we ask for volunteers more than 100 show up. When there is a need, within an hour most times the problem is solved. We love art, festivals and food. Our first street fair in many years brought in over 20,000 people. We partnered with all the businesses and the church on McKinley Ave. We had a carnival that was free for all gave away 1500 backpacks, free haircuts, physicals and health checks to all.


I like the old homes and lower rents and proximity to transportation: bus, rail, freeway. But I don't like the crime and bad landlords. Perhaps if the County moves offices to the old PS Hospital, it will bring a revitalization to the area and more commerce and retail.


There's a very active neighborhood group. People are friendly. The new County Building was just given the 'go ahead' by the County Council. Huge new improvement to the neighborhood in a couple of years!


Homes are incredibly affordable, and the neighborhood is the most diverse in the city, and definitely has a family feel. I serve on the Eastside Community Council, and can attest to the passionate zeal Eastsiders have for their community. A summertime street fair on McKinley Ave brings the best of the community together. It doesn't hurt having the best bar in town on the east side either--Top of Tacoma.

Kelly McDonald

Recent Posts on McKinley

Below you will find recent posts on this neighborhood. From events and restaurants to check out, to city-wide posts that affect this neighborhood, you'll find more neighborhood content right here.

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