Looking for waterfront and water view neighborhoods in and around Tacoma, Washington? We’ve put together a list here with pictures, videos, and more! Whether you’re moving to the Pacific Northwest or you already live here- a home with a water view is probably on the wish list. If a water view home is what you’re looking for, Tacoma and the surrounding neighborhoods have a lot of cool neighborhoods for you to choose from. Here are just a few!

Waterfront and Water View Neighborhoods Near Tacoma, Washington

rosedale neighborhood of gig harbor viewed from the air, waterfront homes and docks

Salt water and sunset views near Tacoma:

If what you’d like is to see the sun set over mountains, water, and islands here are some suggestions:

Tacoma’s West Slope Neighborhood

The first word that comes to mind when you think of Tacoma’s West Slope neighborhood is views. Views of Puget Sound,vOlympic Mountains, and of the Narrow’s Bridge. Most importantly, homes on Tacoma’s West Slope have some of the most spectacular sunset views you’ll find anywhere.

University Place Neighborhood

University Place is a combination of sweet suburban homes and gorgeous west facing Puget Sound masterpieces. Some of the areas finest homes in the area are located on the west side of UP.

Fox Island Neighborhood


Fox Island is quintessential northwest living. Many homes on the outer edges of the island have incredible views of Mt Rainier or the Olympics as well as the water. Located across a bridge and about a 20 minute drive from Gig Harbor and about 30-40 minutes from Downtown Tacoma.

Neighborhoods with Water views and City Living:

Old Town, Tacoma

Homes in Old Town have views of Commencement Bay, Browns Point, Vashon Island, and even Mt. Rainier. In addition to gazing out across the water, access to Tacoma’s public waterfront Ruston Way is also super convenient for Old Towners. Old Town residents can be in Downtown Tacoma or hitting I-5 in under five minutes.

Stadium District

Stadium has plenty of stately old homes with views of the water, but they also have a great selection of apartments and condos that look out across Commencement Bay. Not to mention Stadium High School, which has some of the best views of any public high school in the country.

Downtown Tacoma /Thea Foss

Located along the Downtown Tacoma waterfront, the Thea Foss Waterway only has a few buildings where people can buy condos or rent apartments. Those buildings are Thea’s Landing (apartments with penthouse loft condos), The Esplanade (Luxury Condominiums), The Henry (apartments), and Albers Mill Lofts (loft apartments for rent). You can learn more about the Esplanade and Thea’s Landing here.

Homes in Downtown Tacoma and on Tacoma’s Hillside have some awesome views of Thea Foss waterway, Murray Morgan Bridge, and the Port of Tacoma and Puyallup River.

Lakefront view neighborhoods:


waterskier on a lake in lakewood wa

True to its name Lakewood has many homes, condos, and apartments on several lakes including Lake Louise, American Lake, Lake Steilacoom, and Gravelly Lake. It’s a great place to live in the Summer with boating, swimming, and lakefront parks!


spanaway lake homes with slide

Spanaway Lake is home to some of Pierce County’s most affordable lake front properties, within easy commuting distance to Tacoma, JBLM, and beyond.


Waterfront or Water View homes in Tacoma?

Are you looking for a waterfront or water view property in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, or Pierce County in general? You’re not alone. Views and access to the water are one of the most exciting parts of living in the Pacific Northwest. That said, waterfront properties are complex and it’s important to go into buying them with your eyes wide open. We interviewed a local expert Jenny on what you can expect when buying a waterfront or water view home in the area.

If there’s one thing almost all of these neighborhoods all have in common is that on market sales are rare. People often sell to their friends or put the word out with other neighbors in the community. It’s important to find a real estate agent with experience closing transactions in these kinds of waterfront nenighborhoods. These homes are complex and include issues of waterfront, shoreline rights, hillsides, flood insurance, and special financing. Working with someone with experience will ensure you have a positive outcome and are able to purchase your waterfront home with your eyes wide open!

Here at MovetoTacoma.com we’ve helped hundreds of people moving to Tacoma find a Tacoma real estate agent who specializes in the type of property they are looking for. Finding this kind of specialized agent is what we do, at no cost to you. If you’d like to setup a call with MovetoTacoma.com creator Marguerite click here. Just let Marguerite know what type of home and agent you’re looking for and she will find you someone with expertise at no cost to you!


One of the big perks of living in the Tacoma area is the incredible number of waterfront and water view neighborhoods that we have. There are some hidden waterfront neighborhoods that can be complex to purchase in. Homes in these smaller, hidden neighborhoods might not come up very often. Other waterfront neighborhoods in Tacoma and across Pierce County have a lot more homes for sale at a variety of prices. While they are some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the county, waterfront neighborhoods in Gig Harbor like Downtown Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Kopachuck Ridge/Horsehead Bay, and more offer salt water access. You can find more affordable waterfront opportunities on Key Peninsula and in Kitsap County.

I hope this blog post has helped you better understand the unique allure of Tacoma’s waterfront and water view neighborhoods and inspired you to find your perfect place in Tacoma.

Helping people find their place in Tacoma is what we do here! If you’d like help finding your perfect neighborhood and a real estate agent who specializes in what you’re looking for, click here to speak with Marguerite.

If you’re looking for a water view or waterfront home near Tacoma, make sure to hire an agent who specializes in waterfront property. Marguerite can introduce you to an awesome local waterfront specialist, contact Marguerite today!

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