Homes for Sale in Tumwater WA


Homes for Sale in Tumwater WA

Real Estate Communities in Tumwater area

Tumwater area communities include Black Lake, Bush Prairie, Goldcreek,  Olympia,, Tumwater & Tumwater Hill and more.

Real Estate Update Tumwater WA

A wide variety of  homes are for Sale in Tumwater WA including one story, 2 story, contemporary, craftsman, new and older homes.  Residential Homes & Condominium listed homes for sale  for Tumwater as of November 30, 2016, are up about 8.6% from 2015. Median list price is about the same as last year at $299,950.

The number of residential homes for sales in Tumwater WA  are down about 2% from last year.   Median sales price is $260,000, down about 1%  November 20, 2016 compared to 2015.

As of 3 Jan 2017 there are 56 active Residential Homes for Sale in Tumwater Area.  High Price for Homes for Sale Tumwater  is $1,000,000 and low price $173,500.  There are 49 Pending sales with high price of $449,000 and low price of $110,000.  There are 317 sold residential homes sold in Tumwater area within last 180 days with low price of $80,000 and high price or $520,000.

Information & map from NWMLS.

Tumwater City and Location

The City of Tumwater is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound at the junction Interstate 5 and Highway 101. Tumwater is just south of our state Capitol, Olympia and shares a portion of its boundaries with the state Capitol Olympia.   It is a little over an hour to Seattle, the Pacific Ocean beaches, the Olympic Peninsula or Mount Rainier.


The most important landmark, the brewhouse  of Tumwater is located in the  Brewery District.  The Brewhouse is the symbol of the Olympia Brewing Company. You can find the architecture in many of the buildings in Tumwater.  This historical District borders Olympia and is  comprised of a variety of restaurants and specialty services.

Town Center

South Tumwater or Town Center is also known as  Old Town is the destination for business and recreational visitors.  This area is  home of Tumwater High School, City Hall, and event centers.  This area also includes the Olympia Regional Airport, Tumwater Farmers Market and other commercial services.

Southgate and Littlerock Business District

Southgate and Littlerock business District is much of Tumwater’s new growth.  Popular chains stores such as Costco, Fred Meyer, Home Depot are located here.  A variety of businesses and Restaurants are  here.    Capital Boulevard runs parallel to the freeway and connects Olympia, Old Town Tumwater and Southgate.

Tumwater History

Olympia Brewery

Tumwater is the oldest American settlement on Puget Sound and has a rich history.  The city  is best known as home of the former Olympia Brewery, owned by the Schmidt family.  The old brewhouse, is located on  bank of Deschutes River overlooking Tumwater Park. The brewery closed in 2003, but the old brewhouse stands as the most architectural landmark.   Three waterfalls have been preserved in the Tumwater Falls Park.


The economic data for Tumwater from the 2016 Census Bureau can be found at economic data .  Some of the major employers in the area are listed below.

Joint Base Lewis-Mchord (JBLM)

JBLM is about 20 minutes from Tumwater and is the sixth largest military base in the nation. Major retailers in Tumwater include Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Safeway, Albertson, Mutual Materials, Spa Depot.

Major Manufacturing

Major Manufacturing includes Alaffia, Cardinal Glass Industries, Pepsi Northwest Beverages, Tempo Steel, Soloyu Aviation., H2O Jet, Armcor, Mutual Materials, Puget Western, Mud Bay Manufacturing, H20 Jet Inc.

Washington State Offices

There a number of State offices, including Washington State Parks and Recreation, Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Health, Department of Retirement Systems, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Office of Financial Institutions, Department of Transportation, Attorney General Office, Washington State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources. .

Tumwater Schools, Colleges and Universities

Tumwater School District

The Tumwater School District includes Tumwater High School, Black Hills High School, Secondary Options, Bush Middle School, Tumwater Middle School, Black Lake Elementary, East Olympia Elementary, Little Rock Elementary, Michael T. Simmons Elementary, Peter G. Schmidt Elementary, Tumwater Hill Elementary, New Market Skill Center.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities in the area include the South Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College (Olympia), St. Martin’s University (Lacey), Brandman Univesity Chapman University System (Lacey)

Things to see in Tumwater

Tumwater Falls Park

110 Deschutes Parkway Southwest, Tumwater, WA 98501. Riverside recreation on 15 acres with trails, cascades, lawns & a children’s play area. Almost 50 years ago, one of Thurston County’s most loved and picturesque parks opened to the public. The Tumwater Falls Park, owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation is now one of the most popular private parks in the region. Wander along the Deschutes River at the base of the falls.  It’s a great place to watch the salmon run (late August through early October).

Schmidt House

330 Schmidt Pl SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. The Schmidt House built in 1904 for the Olympia Brewing Company by founder Leopold Schmidt is owned and operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The house is used for historic programs and private and public events. For hours of operation and more information, visit the Olympia Tumwater Foundation website.

Crosby House

702 Deschutes Way SW,  Tumwater, WA 98501. (adjacent to the Henderson House)  The Crosby House dates from ca. 1860 and was built by Nathaniel Crosby III after he married Cordelia Jane Smith in August of 1860. This House is owned by the City now and operated by the Daughters of the Pioneers.

Henderson House

602 Deschutes Way, Tumwater, WA 98501. The Henderson House is a two-and-a-half story home located near the lower Tumwater Falls. The house was built in 1905 for William Naumann, a brewmaster from Hamburg, Germany who worked across the river at the Olympia Brewing Company. In 1974 the house was purchased by the City of Tumwater with the aim of restoring its dignity and using it as a museum.

Olympic Flight Museum

7637-A Old Highway 99 SE,Olympia, WA 98501. The Olympic Flight Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. The Olympic Flight Museum was established in 1998 at the Olympia Regional Airport in Olympia Washington

Capitol State Forest – McLane Creek Nature Trail

If you are looking for wildlife, McLane Creek provides a glimpse of nature, spawning salmon, ducks etc. McLane Creek Woods Trail is a 2.1 mile trail that features a lake.   The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.


Salmon Life Cycle

Salmon Stewards have helped share the amazing story about Pacific Northwest salmon by answering questions and talking to people at three popular salmon viewing locations. Salmon Stewards volunteer at the site(s) of their choice:

  • 5th Avenue Bridge from mid- August to mid-September
  • Hatchery Chinook Tumwater Falls Park from mid- September to mid- October –
  • McLane Creek Nature Trail from mid- November to mid-December – Wild Chum

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