When Tina and John Chu found out that they would be relocating from Yongsan, Korea to Joint Base Lewis McChord, their first thought was was about where they were going to live.  “I was raised in Tacoma,” says Tina.  “We knew that wanted to buy a home, so we made a “Business Trip” to Washington 2 months prior to our move (PSC). “We ended up going to Open Houses on our own and miraculously found Regina Madiera-Gorden at one of the Open House showings.  She was very friendly and helpful, even though she wasn’t representing us at the time.  We ended up hiring her a few days later and she eventually found us a wonderful home.”

Since Tina was familiar with the area, they had a pretty good idea about where they wanted to live, Fircrest.  Officially incorporated in 1925, the town of Fircrest is nestled between Tacoma and University Place. Fircrests founder, Major Edward Bowes had a vision of the town as a residential park, an enchanting spot to enjoy life and raise a family.

Today Fircrest is a thriving community that boasts beautiful parks, golf & country club, and community recreational facilities. With its curved, aesthetically designed streets, Fircrest is a laid back community that has a character all its own.  For Tina & John, Fircrest had everything they were looking for. “Fircrest is a very quiet community and was well known and established since back in the old days when I was growing up in Southern Tacoma.  It was one of those neighborhoods that people strived to move into. ” says Tina. “It is a part of the University Place School District, which is the best/top public school district in Tacoma.”

“I told them much about the area and why they might want to live there.” Remembers their Realtor, Regina. “I knew that the location would be a perfect place for them and the quality of the home was top-notch.  We did search in other neighborhoods, like areas of Puyallup, but they ended up buying a great home in a safe, fun community!”

For anyone driving to JBLM, the commute time is important, “It’s close enough to the military base with an easy commute, about 20 minutes.” says John. “It’s centrally located to several parks in the area and near the I-5 freeway.  The airport is only 30 minutes away without traffic.”

For those apprehensive about relocating to this notoriously rainy area, Tina says, “Ft. Lewis/Mcchord is one of the largest bases in the U.S.  Although it does rain more than some of the other states,  I recommend embracing it.  Remember, ‘April showers bring May flowers.'”

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