Tacoma is well-known for its dense museum district, the way the townsfolk revere the history of the area and honor their historic landmarks, and nowhere is that more evident than in one of the city’s oldest districts, Fern Hill.
Fern Hill is one of the reasons Tacoma has been given such accolades as “one of the most livable cities” in the nation, “nineteenth most walkable” designation, and has been the recipient of several restoration projects. A Wells Fargo express station, a school and several churches appear much as they did when they were originally built in the 1800s. The Historic Fern Hill District Walking Tour highlights the ornate Georgian and Victorian architecture of sixteen buildings in one neighborhood alone. Red sidewalks stretch away under flowering trees lining blocks of old brick buildings filled with restaurants with innovative cuisine and used bookstores offering the classics old and new. You will think you were in a town of a century ago when you discover that there is little wait time in the library or the post office, and friendly faces abound. But modern products and services will bring you back to the here and now.
The old world charm extends into the residential neighborhoods, where single family homes and a few condos and townhomes begin at surprisingly reasonable prices. You can expect to pay from $100,000 to around $800,000 for a piece of this charming community. There are even a few buildable lots left to construct your version of the dream. Fern Hill – where past and present seamlessly unite.