Tacoma, WA Neighborhoods

Tacoma, Washington is located in the northwest of the United States. This vibrant and creative community of artists, writers, musicians, and passionate entrepreneurs and business owners is rapidly growing and is becoming more popular than Seattle. Families are gravitating towards Tacoma’s charming neighborhoods while being drawn to the big city amenities. Sweeping views of the Puget Sound waterways Mount Rainier and city lights is something you’ve never experienced. Whether you are visiting the Dale Chihuly museum of glass, snapping photos of the famous Stadium High School, or taking a walk along Ruston Way, you won’t want to miss your chance to live in this unique up and coming city.

Proctor District

Proctor is pure neighborhood charm. Nestled in Tacoma’s North End, the Proctor District is home to many unique, family-owned small businesses, surrounded by tree-lined residential streets. Some of Tacoma’s most beautiful Victorian, Craftsman, and Tudor homes are found in Proctor.

A neighborhood favorite, the Proctor Farmers’ Market, is the second largest in the city. The market is in full swing late March-November, featuring colorful produce, locally-sourced meats and seafood, fresh flowers and artisan food vendors.

The Proctor District is great to explore, even on a rainy day. Play a few games at Chalet Bowl, or catch a movie at Washington’s oldest continuously operating movie theater, Blue Mouse Theater. (fun fact: the neon mice on the marquee are some of Dale Chihuly’s first neon glass art pieces)

Public Schools

Washington Elementary: PreK-Grade 5
Mason Middle School: Grade 6-8
Silas High School: Grade 9-12
Stadium High School: Grade 9-12

North End

The North End encompasses some of Tacoma’s most beloved neighborhoods. Old Town, Stadium District, Ruston, Slope Hill Historic District, Proctor, and University of Puget Sound are all part of the North End. These smaller neighborhoods, each with their own unique flare, make up a charming community.

The North End of Tacoma has both informal and formal boundaries.
The widely accepted boundaries of the North End are 6th Avenue and Division Avenue to the south, and the Puget Sound to the north, west, and east.

Nature and small town convenience co-exist in the North End. From Point Defiance Park and scenic Ruston Way to community gardens and farmers markets, you will never lack for activities or things to do.

In this tree-lined, dog walking friendly neighborhood, you will find that historic homes, from Craftsman to Classic Revival abound.

Several of the city’s top-rated public and private schools serve Tacoma’s North End.

South End

South End is one of the hottest and most affordable places to buy a house in Tacoma! With a combination of historic Craftsman homes and new construction, there is truly something for everyone in the South End. It’s proximity to businesses on South Tacoma Way, the Tacoma Mall, to University Place, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and to Interstate-5 make it great for commuting and running errands. Some of the best food in the city is located in the South End with plenty of local faves. Popular spaces for outdoor recreation include recently restored Wapato Park, with a trail around a lake, and Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, which offers fruit picking in summer.

Lincoln International District

Welcome to the Lincoln International District! This district, in Tacoma’s South End, is centered at S. 38th Street and Yakima Avenue, and is bordered by beautiful Lincoln Park and historic Lincoln High School. Lincoln is full of surprises! From the picturesque tree-lined streets and charming historic homes, to the cafes and restaurants scattered throughout. The area is a wonderful mix of familiar and new. We still have long-time resident local businesses such as Lincoln Hardware and Lincoln Pharmacy. As well as family owned jewelers and familiar grocery stores. The neighborhood has a growing international presence with international cuisine, exotic foods, and many specialty retailers. With its Asian-influenced public art, bus shelters, and street lights, Lincoln is known as Tacoma’s International District where neighborhood grocers and restaurants bring a taste of the Far East to Tacoma’s east side. Public Schools: Whitman Elementary – PreK-Grade 5 Angelo Giaudrone Middle School – Grade 6-8 Lincoln High School – Grade 9-12