Des Moines has
many terrific waterfront parcels that are relatively close to Seattle yet just
far enough away to make them particularly good values. There is a variety of waterfront
topography throughout the city, ranging from flat low bank lots to the more predominant
medium to higher bank lots. Views are terrific, too, with a majority of directly
west facing homes that take in the sunsets and Olympic Mountains hovering over
Vashon Island across Puget Sound. The main shipping channels make owning a pair
of binoculars a must! And these views can extend even further to past the huge
local marina and fishing pier to Tacoma, south Sound, and beyond.
Moines' waterfront has a bit more airplane noise than other locations, and occasional
steep terrain. But people who live on the water here generally don't even notice
it after a short time and they sure love the pervasive natural beauty plus the
tranquil feeling of the secluded waterfront neighborhoods and access lanes that
Des Moines has to offer.
Moines is home of the 836 slip Des Moines Marina with a 670 foot public fishing
pier. It is the only marina between Seattle and Tacoma along the eastern shore
of Puget Sound. Downtown Des Moines retains a small town friendliness, with numerous
restaurants offering a wide variety of excellent foods.
founded in the late 1800s, Des Moines incorporated in 1959 and currently has a
population of over 29,000 people. Stretching along the shoreline from Normandy
Park to Federal Way, it is less than a 25 minute drive on I-5 north to Seattle,
and even closer to Tacoma. Sea-Tac airport is a quick 10 minutes north.
to Des Moines are a number of large retirement homes. The Masonic Retirement Center
in Zenith was dedicated in 1927 and is a prominent historic landmark. The shoreline
along the marina is lined with fine condominiums and many apartments (providing
security without yard work), many splendid active views, and an easy walk to shops
and restaurants. North Hill has views of the city, water, and Mt. Rainier. Zenith
is eclectic, with quaint cottages and grand old homes. Woodmont and Redondo continue
south along the shoreline. Homes run from very affordable to high value waterfront
and view estates.
homes and schools that are located within the north/south landing pattern of Sea-Tac
Airport have been the recipients of noise attenuation insulation programs offered
and paid through the airport.
Public Schools serve northern Des Moines, and
Way Public Schools serve the Woodmont and Redondo neighborhoods. Parochial
schools are also nearby. Mt. Rainier High School is also in eastern Des Moines,
and it is one of the few high schools that offer an International Baccalaureate
Des Moines is the home of Highline
Community College, situated on an 80 acre campus with 30 buildings. The school
annually serves about 10,000 students. It is one of a number of community colleges
situated throughout the county. Qualified high school students from suburban districts
are able to earn early credits at Highline.
Moines prides itself on its long history of fun community events. Des Moines Beach
Park - a state historic site just north of the marina - is a 20 acre park with
a rustic red dining hall and picnic shelter that remains from its 50+ year prior
history as a Swedish church camp, as well as it's prior beginnings as the site
of the late 1800s sawmills upon which Des Moines was founded. Boating is an avid
year-round pastime of many Puget Sounders, with thousands of miles of protected
waters stretching to Alaska, dotted with islands, quaint towns, quiet anchorages,
and scenic beauty.