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.

Contents:

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

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 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 - 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.   

LOCATION:  Orting

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.

  • Pantera Lago

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

Resale in Tacoma:

  • 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  

Mount Vernon

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 - 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.  4 lots remain.

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 $400's - Convenient to downtown.  By Landed Gentry Homes.

55+ Resales in Northern Sound 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.

  • Cascara at the Villages

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. 

  • 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

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.

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

Bellingham

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. 

Resales in Bellingham, a top retirement town:

  • El Dorado 

Gated community.  Excellent air quality in this area.  360-671-9700 - See local Realtors or search online for resales 

Lacey/Olympia area  

Shea Homes at Jubilee model home

Photo by Shea Homes®

LOCATION:  Bonney Lake

FEATURE:   Resort community 39 miles to downtown Seattle.  Golf

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

Trilogy® at Tehaleh® is a 55+ resort community located in Bonney Lake in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.  In Pierce County, southeast of Tacoma.

Seven Summits Lodge is now open.  In addition to the active community the surrounding area is suited for an active lifestyle.  Designer single homes from the $300's.   Article about Jubilee

LOCATION:   Lacey

FEATURES:     Some unique and creative social and recreational features; 2 clubhouses

CONTACT:    3732 Eagledale Ct. SE, Lacey - 360-489-5818 - Open Daily

Lacey - By Polygon Northwest, a division of William Lyon Homes - 2 and 3-bedroom single homes; prices starting in $300's.  Extensive walking trails.  Amenity centers.  

55+ Resales in Lacey/Olympia:

  • Laurel Oaks 

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.

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  

Spokane:

  • Touchmark on South Hill

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  Touchmark on South Hill

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 

Yakima:

  • Quail Run 

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 - 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:

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