When choosing a place to live some people need to be in the middle of the action.  For those people, Downtown Tacoma’s Theater District is the place to be. “I like that it is a walking neighborhood” Says Janet Armitage, a Realtor who lives in a Condo at The Vintage Y. “I can walk to coffee, restaurants, theater, movies, shops and catch the light rail or bus just 2 blocks away.”

In fact, the light rail Janet refers to is The Link- a free light rail that runs every ten minutes from the Theater District and makes stops at the Convention Center and UWT before terminating at the Tacoma Dome Station.  This is a major benefit for people who live downtown.

The theaters for which the neighborhood is named include the historic Pantages and Rialto theaters as well as Theater on the Square and Tacoma’s Grand Cinema. The live theaters are operated by Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which brings live theater, opera, symphonies, comedy, and music act from around the area and around the country and makes up the cultural center of the area.   The Grand Cinema is a non-profit movie theater that shows both independent and wide release films.

While the Theater District offers the nightlife, restaurants, a Farmers Market each Thursday, coffee shops and bustle that people who love city life crave- what’s most striking is the very real sense of community that people living here enjoy. “Everyone knows everyone,” says Janet. “From shop owners to neighbors in my building and surrounding buildings.”   They’ve created a group called the Tacoma Theater District Association that promotes the neighborhood and helps to encourage that sense of unity and community.  From the annual tree lighting ceremony at Christmas to block parties in the summer, Tacoma’s Theater District is a thriving community.

For some people, the issue of security makes them wary of living in the downtown core of a city- but not for Janet. “I’ve always felt safe walking through my neighborhood and riding the rail system. The BIA is also present and visible which adds to that security.  I love meeting my friends and clients at any one of my favorite places for happy hour so they can see how much fun it is to get downtown and see what it’s all about.”

For more information about moving to the Theater District or finding a Condo in Downtown Tacoma contact Janet!




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