Washington State Retirement Communities for Ages 55+

Washington State retirement communities, (age-restricted to 55+), are mostly in the western part of the state near Seattle/Puget Sound to the Coast and the northern part near the Cascade Mountains.

The Seattle area can be literally a breath of fresh air--I have visited more than once but I still remember a springtime walk; I remember the stillness and freshness of the air the way it is after it rains. Spring in Seattle starts in March in this mild climate.

But there's more to this state than Seattle.  There are many opportunities for an active outdoor lifestyle.  Visit these communities to find out more.


South Hill/Puyallup area (Bonney Lake, Graham, Orting, Kent, Tacoma)

Northern Sound (Mount Vernon, Oak Harbour, Redmond)

Mukilteo (Mukilteo, Cap Sante Corte, Mount Vernon

Bellingham (Issaquah)

Lacey/Olympia area

Central and Eastern (Spokane, Yakima)

Separate Pages:

  • The Puget Sound area is very popular for retirement.  Read what the expert says. 

South Hill/Puyallup area  

Shea Homes at Tehaleh in Washington

Photo by Trilogy® at Shea Homes

LOCATION:  Bonney Lake

FEATURE:   Resort community 39 miles to downtown Seattle

CONTACT:  14218 Knoll Park Dr. E, Bonney Lake - 800-685-6494

In Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.  Seven Summits Lodge is now open.  In addition to the community, the surrounding area is well suited to active living.  Designer single homes from mid-$300's.  

Resale manufactured homes by Lakeshore in this area:

LOCATION:  Graham - Puyallup area

FEATURE:    Manufactured homes

CONTACT:  19525 100th Ave. CT East, Graham - 253-846-3580

In South Hill/Puyallup - Gated active adult community in park-like setting at foot of Cascades Mountains close to Puget Sound.  Social activities.  RV storage.   


FEATURE:    Old city with views

CONTACT:   836 South Harmon Way, Orting - 360-893-3200

Orting - Manufactured homes in a great location, single homes and beautiful views of Mt Rainier - Activities.

Kent - 11436 SE 208th, Kent - By Lakeshore Communities  Lots of activity - Clubhouse, pool and more.  See them for resales. 


  • Autumnwood at Brooktree

Tacoma - Brooktree area (145th St. E)  - gated 55+ community of single ranch homes from upper $200's.   Many added luxury design features.   See local Realtors for resale homes. 

Northern Sound Area  

LOCATION:  Mount Vernon

FEATURE:   Craftsman style exteriors   

CONTACT:  4880 E Division St. - 877-769-8070 - Open Wed-Sun from noon

Detached homes on single level starting mid-$300's - Convenient to downtown.  By Landed Gentry Homes.

Resales in this area:

Big Fir 

Mount Vernon, Washington - North Sound area - By Landed Gentry Homes -  Craftsman style homes - Sold out.

  • Fairway Point 

Oakmont Collection At Fairway Point is for 55+ -  adjacent to Whitbey Golf and Country Club - Started $299,900 - By Landed Gentry Homes.
3305 SW Fairway Point Dr., Oak Harbour - See local Realtors for resales.

Mount Vernon

LOCATION:  Mount Vernon

FEATURE:   Large lots up to almost 1/4 acre

CONTACT:   502 Twin Brooks Dr., Mount Vernon 

By Landed Gentry Homes - high $300's to mid-$500's. Northwest Alpine home designs - some basements - large lots - some homes can accommodate a 3-car garage.  Luxury home amenities.  Northwest feeling with stream buffer.  Hospital within 5 minutes. 


  • Cascara at the Villages

Redmond by Quadrant Homes - townhomes with maintained yards, garages started in $200's. Across from Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. Flexible floorplans. Several environmental and energy savings options.   Sold.  See local Realtors. 

  • Trilogy at Redmond Ridge

By Shea Homes. In Redmond on Seattle's eastside near Bellevue. Less than 40 minutes drive to Seattle. Resales - see local Realtors. 


Mukilteo is a small town; it was voted as a "best place to retire to" community in 2011 by Money Magazine; the community is known as a well-kept secret. 25 miles north of Seattle and nearby Whidbey Island.

LOCATION:  Mukilteo

FEATURE:   Independent and assisted living amenities

CONTACT:   10200 Harbour Place - Mukilteo - 425-493-8555

Studio, 1, and 2-bedroom apartment homes with month/month rent in 4-story building (verify) -  coffee shop - activities - near golf and YMCA - Given a perfect score from Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services.

Other similar communities by this developer:

  • In Anacortes - Cap Sante Corte, Fidalgo Island
  • In Mount Vernon - Logan Creek -
    2311 East Division Street Mount Vernon, WA. - 360-428-0222


LOCATION:  Issaquah

FEATURE:   In the Cascade Foothills

CONTACT:  4135 Providence Point Dr. SE, Issaquah - 425-392-9483  

Award-winning adult planned community overlooks nearby Lake Sammamish and the Issaquah Valley. Is located halfway between Seattle and the Cascade Mountains. A variety of home styles in 7 villages.

  • The Crest at Providence Point

Condominiums. These are luxury homes in a low-rise building starting with a one bedroom to a two bedroom with den. See local Realtors for resales. 

Resale Homes in Bellingham:

  • El Dorado 

A top retirement town - Gated community.  Excellent air quality in this area.  360-671-9700 

Lacey/Olympia area  

Shea Homes at Jubilee model home

Photo by Shea Homes®


FEATURE:   Puget Sound living; golf

CONTACT:   8536 Vashon Dr. NE, Lacey - 800-685-6494 - Open Daily

Large community with golf near Olympia area - Villas, cottages and estates.  Social activities and recreation at The Lodge.  Amenities include indoor pool, trail system, tennis and more.  Base prices range from $330's to upper $400's.   Article about Jubilee

Lacey - By Polygon Northwest, a division of William Lyon Homes - 2 and 3-bedroom single homes; clubhouse coming Winter 2018.  
3732 Eagledale Court SE, Lacey - 360-489-5818 - Open Daily

  • Laurel Oaks 

Another "Lakeshore Communities" in Lacey/Olympia area for manufactured homes. Gated community with clubhouse and near golf. Also RV storage.  Laurel Oaks - Lakeshore Communities

Continuing Care Community for 62+

In Lacey continuing care community for over age 62 - a wide variety of homes and apartments to choose from. Purchase of Life Lease and monthly fee. See community for details.  

Central areas and Eastern Washington  

  • Touchmark at Grapetree

by Touchmark - luxury living on 16 acres in Spokane South Hill area. Gorgeous single homes in gated community. Small or large floor plans. Lots of area information on website. 1 hour to Seattle. Their other retirement community in this area is Waterford at South Hill.  Touchmark at Grapetree

Resale in Spokane

Saddle Ridge Estates 

Spokane - Ideally located for active retired lifestyle in peaceful pastoral setting. Gated near 4 ski resorts, golf, fishing, hiking and horse stables. 150 lakes within 2 hours. 509-326-1311 

Washington State Retirement Communities in Yakima:

New in Yakima

Quail Run 

Yakima by Lakeshore Communities in South Central part of Washington. Manufactured homes with higher pitched roof (higher pitched roofs makes manufactured homes appear site-built) on large lots - RV storage. Plans from 1299SF - start low $170,000's. Lots still available. Quail Run in Yakima 

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For further reading:

Expert Author article: Places to retire in Puget Sound.

Also see:

Manufactured homes listings in Washington