Located in Pierce County along the Interstate 5 freeway is the military base of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to their community website, is "the Defense Department's premier military installation on the West Coast?[providing] world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers." About 60,000 families live on and off the base as well.
JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord), or Fort Lewis as it is known by locals, was named after one-half of the Lewis and Clark expedition team, Meriwether Lewis. Active and retired members of the military looking to live near JBLM/Fort Lewis will find that the area offers a large selection of housing options, such as townhomes and condos in planned neighborhoods, as well as single-family homes, waterfront properties, ranch properties, and land parcels. Average sales prices for properties in and near Fort Lewis currently hover at just under $210,000. Several neighborhoods worth checking out within the JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord) area include Beachwood, Beachwood II, Broadmoor, Davis Hill, Eagleview, Parkway, Evergreen, Discovery Village, Hillside, McChord, Madigan, Clarkdale, Town Center, New Hillside, and Greenwood.
Four elementary schools are located within the immediate vicinity while college campuses for the University of Washington-Tacoma, Tacoma Community College and others are located within a short 15 mile drive. Recreational amenities abound with Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound nearby, as well as a variety other city amenities offered by the city of Tacoma.
Fort Lewis Real Estate Market & Prices of Houses for Sale
First-time homebuyers, active and retired members of the military, and families will find that the real estate market in JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord)/Fort Lewis, WA features a fine selection of single-family homes in gated neighborhoods, near local golf courses and in suburban communities, townhomes and condos, as well as some land property. Buyers can expect prices for single-family homes near JBLM/Fort Lewis to start from $85,000 for a fully remodeled starter home to over $1 million for a waterfront home complete with sweeping views of American Lake or Puget Sound. Condos and townhomes can also be found around Fort Lewis/Joint Base Lewis McChord with prices ranging between the mid-$80,000s and $1 million. Land parcels for those who would like to custom develop their dream home are priced starting from $80,000.