We Serve the Greater Tacoma Area
Keyrenter Tacoma has proven to be successful time and time again, which is why we are eager to expand in order to offer our services wherever we can.
We know our strategy works, and we hope each one of our customers can experience that strategy firsthand.
By realizing that each person and property has unique needs, Keyrenter is able to find the right tenants, perform proper maintenance, and much more so you can reap the benefits you deserve.
We currently provide our services to select areas in the Tacoma area but may expand to others down the road.
Cities We Serve
In 1907, a group of investors from San Francisco got together and purchased a parcel of land to the west of Tacoma. They had a vision of creating a “residential park.” They named the subdivision Regents Park, a reference to the regents of a university. Many of the street names in this subdivision reflected their respect for higher education, resulting in street names like Dartmouth, Yale, Vassar, and Stanford. With its beautifully designed streets, Regents Park was a quiet and safe family-oriented community. In 1925, Regents Park was incorporated and was renamed Fircrest. Today, the city lives up to the investors’ dreams of a residential park. Fircrest represents quality living with many great recreational facilities throughout the city.
Strategically located near both Tacoma and Seattle, it is close to many tourist attractions and landmarks, while at the same time, maintaining a quiet suburban feel. Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park is just one example of what is available to its residents. It offers 702 acres of recreation along the waterfront, with miles of scenic walking trails for nature lovers. Located just a short jaunt from Seattle, the city’s residents can enjoy Seattle attractions like the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and the renowned Pike Place Market.
The city has been called “The Jewel of Pierce County.” It has lived up to its nickname with six beautiful parks, over 30 chainsaw exhibits and a delightful urban forest of fir trees.
There are many points of interest that residents and visitors enjoy. The first point of interest is the Spanaway Lake Park. This park encompasses 135 acres of land and water. It offers many amenities, such as the option to rent canoes and paddle boards, two beaches to enjoy swimming, a boat ramp that can be used for loading and unloading boats, trails for walking and a playground that is compliant with ADA standards. The next point of interest is the Bresemann Forest. This 70-acre forest includes a pedestrian nature trail that overlooks a small stream. The forest is excellent for exercise and bird-watching. Another point of interest is the Shady Acres Airport. This airport caters to small personal aircraft, and it follows Federal Aviation Regulations. In addition to these points of interest, many people enjoy visiting Pacific Lutheran University. This university is less than five miles away in the neighboring town of Tacoma. Pacific Lutheran University is a small private university that was founded in 1890. It enrolls over 2,770 undergraduate students.
Until 1863, this unincorporated area of Washington state was controlled by the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1897, it was given the name Lake Park. Over 70 years later, in 1970, the name was changed to Spanaway.
This area is surrounded by the unincorporated areas of Parkland, Lake Park, Elk Plan and Prairie Ridge. According to estimates that were given by the US Census Bureau in 2018, the median household income was $68,667 from 2014-2018. The same report showed that 88.1% of residents lived above the poverty line. According to data that was collected in March of 2020, the median home value of properties in this area was $340,630. The median cost of rental properties was $1,950 per month.
If you would like to schedule a complete market analysis of your rental property, then contact us. We look forward to assisting you.
Real Estate Facts
Many suburban and beach-style homes can be found in the city, and many families, single professionals and retirees who want to live in a peaceful, relaxing setting are drawn to the community. As of February 2020, the local median home value is $427,128, which reflects a 6.6% increase over the past 12 months. Despite the city’s ideal location near the water, median home prices per square foot are still lower than many other parts of the Tacoma-Seattle-Bellevue Metro region. Foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies are very low in number. People who choose to rent instead of buy a home can expect to pay around a $1,165 monthly rental fee.
Residents and visitors who rely on public transportation can take the Route 212 bus or one of the other local buses that’s managed by Pierce Transit. Ferryboat service is also available via the Steilacoom-Anderson Island Ferry, which travels from the city to Anderson Island and Ketron Island. Getting to Interstate 5 by vehicle is about a 15-minute drive from the city.
Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 has been overseeing the local public school system since the city’s incorporation in 1854. Cherrydale Primary School, Pioneer Middle School and a high school that bears the city’s name have helped many students advance their educations throughout the years. Piece College – a notable community college – has a campus in the city where students can go to earn associate degrees in a variety of subjects.
Things to Do
Residents and visitors alike can find a variety of fun things to do in and near the city. Sunnyside Beach Park is a great place to go for some fun in the sun by the water when the weather is nice. Pioneer Orchard Park is another ideal spot for outdoor enjoyment. A historical museum features exhibits detailing the city’s earliest days. Another museum showcases exhibits that pay homage to a local Native American tribe. The city also boasts a variety of quaint shops and restaurants.
Anyone who plans to visit or move to Western Washington should definitely see what Steilacoom has to offer. From ideal homes and great infrastructure to recreational activities and historical sites, this city features many wonderful attributes. Contact us today for a comprehensive market analysis of your rental property.
With a population close to 200,000, the city is the third largest in the entire state, and the second largest on the sound. It was once called the “City of Destiny,” as it was the last stop of the Northern Pacific Railroad back in the 19th century. Later on, when the railroad was connected to the bay, the city was called “When Rails Meet Sails.” Today, the city’s port is the largest in the state and a major hub of international trade. While the city did experience a decline in the middle of last century, it has since been revived, with in excess of one billion dollars having been invested in just the downtown area.
In the past three decades alone, developments in the city have included a University of Washington campus, electric light rail service, many art and history museums, the Thea Foss Waterway and a newly refurbished waterfront area. Mostlivable.org called the city one of the most livable in the country, and Prevention.com called it one of the most walkable. The average age in the city is around 35, with gender distribution about equal. The median household income there is $37,879, with the median family income being $45,567. Tacoma Property Manager Because of the housing boom in nearby Seattle, home prices in the city are at an all-time high. The median home value there is $264,300 as of December of 2017. This represents an increase of 11% over the previous year. Experts predict prices will continue to rise, with another 5% increase likely to happen during the next 12 months. But it is still significantly cheaper than Seattle, making it attractive for those who commute there. Another major factor leading to price increases in the city is the small supply of homes there. It only has a one-month supply of homes. To put this number in perspective, a typical balanced market has 5-6 months of supply. Rents have also increased dramatically in the city. The median rent in the city rose nearly 9% in 2017 to $1,785 per month. This is the largest increase in the entire nation. If you are interest in property management, call us for a comprehensive market analysis of your rental property.
Founded in the late 1800s, University Place formerly existed as a parcel of land owned by the liberal arts college of University of Puget Sound located in Tacoma. The school ruled against building a campus on the parcel and decided instead to sell the property back to the city of Tacoma. The area remained an unincorporated sector of Pierce County for 100 years, becoming a city proper upon its formation in 1995. There are more than a dozen parks within the city limits, including areas of wildlife habitat, conservation, picnic facilities, play equipment and pet-friendly zones. Plenty of cozy eateries serving American cuisine and seafood from the nearby Sound draw locals and visitors alike. The impressive Tacoma Narrows Bridge spanning an inlet of Puget Sound is nearby, and the Chambers Bay Loop Trail is a popular destination for hikers intent on taking in the views over the water and spotting numerous sea birds and other wildlife.
Titlow Park gives ample beach access to visitors and has fun facilities for children to enjoy during the summer months. The city is an excellent base of exploration for enjoying the surrounding area, as it is within a short driving distance of some of Seattle’s famous sights, including the Space Needle, its Aquarium and Pike Place Market. It’s also close to Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, two areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Homes in University Place average $361,000, slightly higher than some surrounding cities in this part of Washington, although in comparison to other parts of Puget Sound, home prices are quite reasonable. Apartment rental prices range in the low $1,000 per month bracket, with rental homes falling slightly higher on the scale. The city numbers just over 13,500 housing units within city limits, at a density of 1,600 residents per square mile. Opportunities for property management abound due to the population of students attending nearby University of Puget Sound, as well as the city’s commuter population who work in Tacoma.