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
Central and Eastern (Spokane, Yakima)
Maple Valley/Black Diamond (Maple Valley)
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
Trilogy® at Tehaleh® is a 55+ resort community located in Bonney Lake in the shadow of majestic Mt. Rainier.
In Pierce County southeast of Tacoma. Seven Summits Lodge. In addition to the community, the surrounding area is well suited to active living. New homes from $500's.
LOCATION: Graham - Puyallup area
FEATURE: Manufactured homes
CONTACT: 19525 100th Ave. CT East, Graham - See local Realtors
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 - 425-941-8422 (Realtor)
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 local Realtors for resales or representing realty Patina Realty.
Tacoma - Brooktree area (145th St. E) - gated 55+ community of single ranch homes were from upper $200's (verify prices). Many added luxury design features. See local Realtors for resale homes.
LOCATION: Mount Vernon
FEATURE: Large lots up to almost 1/4 acre
CONTACT: 502 Twin Brooks Dr., Mount Vernon
Small community by Landed Gentry Homes - from $300's to mid-$500's (verify current prices). 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. Verify status.
Mount Vernon, Washington - North Sound area - By Landed Gentry Homes - Craftsman style homes - Sold out.
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.
In 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.
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. Twenty-five miles north of Seattle and nearby Whidbey Island.
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.
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LOCATION: Ferndale near Bellingham
FEATURE: Small gated community of 76 homes
CONTACT: 360-488-3727 - Open Wednesday-Saturday by appointment.
Medium to large single homes of 1-story or 1 1/2 story priced from $600's. Craftsman-style detached homes feature open plans, step-in showers, and more. Community walking trails along woodland reserve.
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.
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.
Gated condominium community since early 2000's. Excellent air quality in this area. 360-671-9700 - See local Realtors or search online for resales. North Bellingham.
FEATURES: Some unique and creative social and recreational features; 2 clubhouses
CONTACT: 8929 36th Court SE, Lacey - 360-489-5818 - Open Daily by appointment only
Lacey - 2 and 3-bedroom single homes; prices starting in $500's. Extensive walking trails. Amenity centers. By Taylor Morrison.
Another "Lakeshore Communities" in Lacey/Olympia area for manufactured homes. Gated community with clubhouse and near golf. Also RV storage. Laurel Oaks is represented by Patina Realty--see them or local Realtors for resales.
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.
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. 2929 S. Waterford Dr., Spokane
A Life Plan community - A village-like community with many programs for life enrichment and fitness. Various home styles and levels of care if needed. 2903 E. 25th Ave., Spokane - 509-536-6650
Resale in Spokane:
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
In 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 Quail Run in Yakima
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