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Olympia is a naturally beautiful smaller city that serves as the capital of Washington and also as a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region. The city has a marine coast climate with a great deal of cloud, rain and fog year round. It is located on Budd inlet on the southern end of the Puget Sound.
This is a very hip city know for its progressive attitudes and indie music scenes. The LGBT community is large, proactive, very young and many events are held near Evergreen State College, which is a very artsy campus on the Westside. It is okay to be openly gay in Olympia and there are many fun gay hangouts to investigate including Jakes on 4th, the Brotherhood Lounge and The Vault.
If you are a nature lover you will love living in this city that contains and is surrounded by a large number of public parks and nature conservation areas. It is home to a waterfront preserve with miles of boardwalk known as the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area that runs along the Henderson Inlet. Both the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the Capitol State Forest are located just outside of Olympia.
The city is also known for its outstanding theaters and theater companies such as the Capital Playhouse, Olympia Family Theater, the State Theater, and The Washington Center. Every year the Olympia Film society has a film festival at the art deco Capitol Theater.
One of the hippest and most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods to live in is the Eastside, also known as Swantown which is a slightly rundown and an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Most of the homes are bungalows and craftsman classics; it is also a neighborhood that has been on the upswing over the past few years.
One of the most beautiful neighborhoods to live in is Johnson Point, which is a finger of land that reaches out into Puget Sound. This is some of the priciest real estate in the area that offers a mix of ranch style homes and luxurious waterfront estates that have views of nearby mountains.
Closer to downtown is the neighborhood of West Olympia, an area of homes located on the hill between Division Street and West Bay. This is a favorite place to settle for people hoping to live closer to the center of town where they need to ride the bus anywhere they need to go. Most of the homes here are mid-century modern treasures and has very close access to the waterfront and nearby boat launches.
To find the property right for you, it is best to enlist the services of an Olympia gay realtor. While looking for properties to invest in you might want to stay at the LGBT friendly Governor Hotel in downtown Olympia or the elegant Swanton Inn Bed and Breakfast. For more information about this beautiful and cultured city in general go to the Olympia Chamber of Commerce website at www.thurstonchamber.com.