Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Tacoma,
the Old Tacoma neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Old Tacoma is a neighborhood that is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet.
Many times, such places have amenities that bring locals and visitors to the
waterfront for recreational activities or to check out the scenery.
In some densely populated areas that are less financially well-off, the neighborhood
waterfront can be relatively industrial and less open to recreation.
In addition to being coastal, Old Tacoma is a very nautical neighborhood,
meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and
on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel,
with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights
and sounds of.
In addition, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The Old Tacoma neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 72.4% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 98.3% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Notable & Unique: People
Old Tacoma has the amazing distinction of housing more same
sex couples living together than 98.8% of neighborhoods
in the U.S. If you are seeking such a neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout's
analysis shows that this is one place that you should consider.
In addition, think about the people you know personally. How many of them would
purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them
regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets
to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't
do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy
and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in
the Old Tacoma neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more
"urban sophisticates" live than 98.3% of neighborhoods
across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane
tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy,
educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or
not they live in or near a big city.
In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for college students and highly educated executives.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Old Tacoma neighborhood has more
Swiss and Danish ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.1% of
this neighborhood's residents have Swiss ancestry and 2.9% have Danish ancestry.
Old Tacoma is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 0.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Hebrew at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 96.2% of the neighborhoods in America.