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Located thirty miles south of Seattle, Washington, Tacoma boasts a revitalized downtown, burgeoning arts scene with the addition of the Tacoma Art Museum and new Museum of Glass. Major employers in the city include the Port of Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McCord (better known as JBLM. Although Tacoma doesn’t have the large gay population as its larger neighbor to the north, gays can find welcoming communities and, in general, much lower housing costs than Seattle. According to gay realtor Tacoma, several of Tacoma’s top gay neighborhoods include Downtown, the Stadium district, St. Helens, Hilltop, Proctor and McKinley Hill.
Named one of the top emerging gay neighborhoods in the United States, Hilltop is also one of Tacoma’s most racially diverse. On a bluff overlooking Commencement Bay, the Port and Downtown Tacoma, Hilltop, also known as Upper Tacoma, is bordered on the east by Tacoma Avenue South, on the north by Division Street, on the west by Sprague Avenue and on the south by the edge of the bluff. Once, an area known for its high crime, Hilltop has recently revitalized itself with increased police presence and new neighborhood businesses, including the popular lesbian owned Tempest Lounge. Although gay realtor Tacoma reports housing prices are rising with gentrification efforts, Hilltop is still one of Tacoma’s more affordable areas with a mix of historic old homes and new townhouses.
The Stadium District/St. Helens is one of Tacoma’s most popular gay-friendly neighborhoods. Although a bit more expensive than Hilltop, Stadium/St. Helens has a variety of housing options from new condo developments to classic mansions to older cottages. One of the attractions of the neighborhood is its vibrant nightlife. Just south of the Theatre District, Stadium/St. Helens is within walking distance to the Pantages, Rialto and Theater on the Square venues, hip restaurants and several gay bars including Club Silverstone with is 70’s vibe and neighborhood watering hole, The Mix. Stadium/St. Helens also contains Wright Park, home of Tacoma’s annual “Gay Pride” event.
Other Tacoma gay-friendly neighborhoods include Proctor and McKinney. Proctor is located northwest of Downtown near Pt. Defiance Park and the University of Puget Sound. It has an urban village vibe with sidewalk cafes, small boutiques and shops, and the popular Metropolitan Market. McKinley or McKinley Hill is a hidden gem offering great views of Downtown Tacoma and beyond, a large gay population around its northern border reports gay realtor Tacoma. Located south and east of Downtown and Interstate 5, McKinley Hill has much lower home prices and rents than Tacoma in general. It is a working class area of older Victorian-style homes, small neighborhood and ethnic businesses. A Tacoma gay realtor at GayRealEstate.com can help you find the Tacoma top gay neighborhood right for you!