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Olympia

Revel in the natural beauty of Olympia, the capital of Washington State. Located in the Pacific Northwest between Puget Sound and the Deschutes River and Capitol Lake, the area offers up majestic views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range.

Nature-lovers will appreciate living in a community that offers the best of two worlds: hiking and skiing in the mountains as well as beachcombing along ocean shores.

Olympia’s prime location on Puget Sound paved the way for the city to become a hotspot for regional trade. During the 1850s, Olympia was a well-known trading hub that led to its becoming the territorial capital of Washington Territory. When Washington became a state in 1889, Olympia continued as the state’s capital.

Its location on the deepwater Budd Inlet makes Olympia an important shipping port.

Homes for sale in Olympia, WA

Olympia boasts a rich, vibrant history with homes that feature notable mid-century architecture as well as more contemporary structures.

Downtown Olympia homes reflect a variety of architectural styles, such as English Builder, Art Moderne, and Colonial Revival. Materials used in these houses include brick, stucco, clapboard, and shingles.

Unique examples of property abound, from homes in Queen Anne to Victorian and Victorian cottage styles. These are characterized by asymmetrical rooflines and wide bay windows.

By the end of the 20th century, Olympia began to experience rapid growth as families started, more and more, to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. The government of Olympia is even today reviewing several construction projects designed to keep up with the growing demand for housing.

There is a proposal to create a village along Cain Road that will feature 24 single-family lots. Meanwhile, the 9.4-acre subdivision of Wellington Heights is being eyed to develop 56 single-family lots. Another subdivision called Green Cove Park aims to turn 50 acres into 181 single-family lots.

By design, housing will be concentrated into three high-density neighborhoods. These will include Olympia’s Downtown area, the area that forms the Pacific-Martin-Lilly Triangle; and the area around Capital Mall.

These developments will greatly benefit the 52,882 people who reside in Olympia (figures based on 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau).

The median home value in Olympia registered at around $347,873, as of September 2020.
Based on a forecast by walletinvestor.com, the price of an average house for sale in the Olympia, WA area is expected to rise to $385,682 by 2025. For a 5-year investment, profit is expected to be around +10.87%.

Living in Olympia, WA

Education

As you do your house-hunting and browse through listings for the area, it’s important to take into consideration the quality of education. There are three outstanding K-12 schools in the greater Thurston County area, making it a great place for shaping young minds.

A large number of schools in this district are rated above average in school quality, according to data collected by greatschools.org. Olympia also ranked 10th out of 253 districts for the best teachers in the state of Washington.

There are also several colleges and universities, the closest institutions for higher learning being Saint Martin’s University, The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, Pierce College–Fort Steilacoom, and Clover Park Technical College.

Attractions

Olympia is an idyllic place to live where beautiful nature trails, scenic bike paths, and mesmerizing lake and ocean views abound.

The Olympic Mountains and the Cascades provide a dramatic backdrop to the naturally majestic and distinctive Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.

Olympia residents can take advantage of the waterways, inlets, bays, and harbors of Puget Sound to engage in adrenaline-pumping water-based activities or opt to lead a laidback lifestyle.

Commune with nature at Olympic National Park, which covers nearly one million acres. Your adventure can take you from rugged Pacific coastlines to lush temperate forests to glacier-covered mountain ranges.

Hikers can use Olympia as a home base for day trips to both Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens in the Cascade Range.

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, just 8 miles from Olympia, is a popular spot for boating, birdwatching, seasonal waterfowl hunting, and flatland hiking. Nature hikes in this reserve will allow you an opportunity to see eagles, hawks, and blue herons.

Imagine living in a community where there is an abundance of natural beauty (with plenty of national parks to explore).

To get excellent real estate listings of Olympia, WA homes and condos for sale within your price range, contact me, Lori Lewandowski, at 253.617.5922 or send your inquiries via email at LoriLewandowski(at)gmail(dotted)com.

Get all the real estate information you need to make the best decision from a knowledgeable agent like me! I am among the top 1% of agents for real estate sales and I have over 38 years of experience in all types of property in the area.

Call now to inquire about your best real estate options, learn more about the prices of property, consult about the houses or condos on your radar, or discuss any other related concerns regarding Olympia, WA homes for sale.


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