Cormorant Passage is a neighborhood nestled in Steilacoom, a historic town (Washington State’s first!) located less than 20 minutes from JBLM. Because Cormorant is a mere 5 minutes to North Fort Lewis and within easy commuting distance to JBLM, Madigan, and I-5- it is a popular post for those who spend a lot of time on base.
Cormorant Passage was named for the Paddle Sloop HMS Cormorant, which was at Fort Nisqually between 1844 and 1850. It was the first naval steam vessel on Puget Sound. Cormorant Passage has 122 single family homes as well as a gated condominium complex. The neighborhood’s centrally located park and sidewalks make it popular with buyers. “People like living in Cormorant,” says local Realtor Mark Bergman. “It’s a neighborhood with larger, more private lots than most neighborhoods. I personally like the size of the lots, the neighbors, and the proximity to JBLM and Madigan. A neighborhood like this one is rare in the south sound.”
Cormorant Passage has a great community spirit with many great traditions. “There are so many local events,” says Realtor Mark Bergman. “They have a great 4th of July celebration with fireworks, there’s the Apple squeeze, a salmon bake and Elves and Bells Around Town. For Elves and Bells city officials dress as Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves and ride through the streets on a mechanical sleigh with fire trucks and police cars bringing toys to the community kids! It is a really fun tradition.”
Cormorant was originally a Street of Dreams neighborhood, with many of the homes being custom. Most of the homes were built between 1989-2006. There is a Homeowners Association and the dues are $50 per year. ”The median sales price in Cormorant Passage is $432,000 which is well above the average for the area,” says local Realtor Mark Carns. “The reason for the high average is because all the homes are extremely well maintained and enjoy some amazing views of the Puget Sound and Ketron Island.” This community remains an excellent investment because of it’s upscale nature, larger lots, custom homes and the close knit reputation the community it has developed.