Craftsman lovers, we have another classic for you! From the covered front porch to custom finish on the oak floors, from ornamental ceilings to built-ins, this home is a beauty. Enjoy a circular floor plan, bright light pouring through the double-pane storm windows, quartz slab counters, full baths on 2 levels, and a fully fenced yard where fruit-bearing apple and pear trees will soon be ready to bloom. Downstairs, a live-in basement with separate access, a family room, laundry, full bath, and bedroom offers amazing flexibility. With a living and dining room as pretty as the ones in this home, you’ll appreciate having the additional living space in the cozy upstairs landing, or in the basement level for hobbies, toys, and other activities. That preserves the living room for comfort, for reading a book, gathering after meals, and hosting. The dining room is lovely with its built-ins, hardwoods, and white mantel, but it doesn’t need to feel formal; it’s just right for everyday family meals or entertaining.
The front and back yards provide even more room for branching out, especially in summer. There’s room to play, room to run, room to garden, room to grow.
You’ll find this Craftsman just half a mile from the entrance to the Hilltop’s Business District, and 1 mile from downtown museums. That means you’re not far at all from cafes, community centers, coffee roasters, medical centers, parks, and culture of all kinds. We could go on, and we do, you’ll find a whole location section below to introduce you to the neighborhood, or just help you get to know it better.
Continue on for the video tour, photos, Hilltop neighborhood highlights (including driving time and distance to a list of Tacoma favorites nearby), and many more details about this home.
Additional Living Space
Covered Front Porch
Fully Fenced Front Yard
Fully Fenced Back Yard
Fruit Bearing Trees
Step right in. Well, pause on the front porch a moment if you’d like to, and then when you’re ready, the front rooms will be waiting. This living room and dining room are a warm welcome home. Turn left from the front door and you’re in the living room with its big east facing window, its hardwood floor, classic Craftsman trim, and a decorative comb-textured ceiling that lends elegance and interest. The living room opens into the dining room, as shown above, and is also just a few steps away from the kitchen.
A beautiful dining room is often my favorite room in the house, at least my favorite room to look at, and this one does not disappoint. It shares the oak hardwoods found throughout the main floor with their distinguished custom dark stain, as well as the detail of the textured ceiling you saw in the living room (and will also find in the kitchen and bedroom on this level). The two tones of blue are calm without feeling cold, and contrast with the brightness of the built-in shelves, white brick hearth, and mantel. The home is heated by a gas furnace, so this hearth area is here for the charm and nostalgia it brings to the room.
From the dining room, step into the hall leading to the bedroom, bathroom, and stairwells. You’ll notice a convenient linen closet on your right immediately upon entering into the hall. Hall closets might not be an exciting feature, but they’re so useful. Fill this one up with linens, or games, and the other odds and ends that inevitably find their way into our homes.
The kitchen is spacious and bright, and - wonderfully - doesn’t dead-end, but instead fits into the circular flow of this main level. Brand new quartz slab counters gleam and compliment the tile backsplash. Stainless appliances, including a dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator, stove, and microwave stay in the home, so you’ll be ready to fix a meal as soon as you unpack a few essentials. There’s even room in here for kitchen carts or a butcher’s block. Along with providing additional surface area for food preparation, they also add to the storage space, and vary the texture.
Against the back wall of the kitchen, overlooking the back yard, there’s space for a little table where a cup of coffee may be enjoyed. It’s a place to sit and soak in the daylight, lay out the cookbooks to plan a meal, or perch for a quick breakfast on your way out for the day.
Directly off the kitchen, this enclosed porch provides a sunny spot to sit and take off your shoes after yard work, a corner to stash the broom and dustpan, a place your cat might like to lounge, a room where houseplants can enjoy some light. It’s also the access to the outdoors. Take a short flight of stairs down to the back yard and you’re out in the fresh air.
Main Floor Bedroom
Remember that hall off the dining room, with the linen closet, the hall that connects to the kitchen too? That’s where you’ll find this bedroom with its windows to the back and side yards, fresh paint, oak floor, and convenient access to the full bathroom just outside the door. The soft gray walls should work nicely with bedding and decor of all kinds.
Main Floor Full Bath
Just outside the bedroom, this full bath with a jetted tub for spa-style soaking also features a vanity with a wide countertop and good storage space underneath. Add your favorite shower curtain and you’re all set. This bathroom is clean, bright, and ready to go.
Upstairs, a bedroom perfect for a teen, a housemate, guest, or even an independent kiddo sits cozy under the sloped ceiling. Beyond the bedroom, there’s a flexible living space that can be used as you choose. Host the occasional guest here, set up a play room, work on homework, or just sit and look out the window. I’m guessing you have your own ideas!
Take the stairs from the main floor hallway and you’re down in the basement with its own suite of rooms. Along with windows and fresh paint, overhead fixtures and lamps provide light. It feels fresh and open. There’s a family room with space for couches, tables, chairs, room for hobbies, for a home office, for exercise, or to spread out a project that won’t need to get cleared up in time for dinner.
A bedroom, full bathroom, and a laundry area with a utility sink complete the space. There’s even outdoor access from this level. A separate entrance from the fenced back yard opens into an entry space by the laundry area.
The full bath with its pedestal sink and combination shower/bath adds so much convenience to this level of the home, and keeps the one on the main floor from feeling too busy. It would be hard to overstate the flexibility and spaciousness this live-in basement adds to the home.
It’s been a minute since you saw the front of this Craftsman; nice, isn’t it? Deep eaves, sturdy front porch, lots of windows, and those tidy paved paths that curve around the side to create shape and border the flower beds - it all lends some serious curb appeal. Speaking of the curb, there’s a paved sidewalk, planting strip, and a curb between the front yard and the street. The front yard is fully fenced, with a gate opening into the back yard. The back is also fully fenced, with brand new wooden fencing all the way around.
There’s a lot of bright open space in this yard. It’s a yard all set for playing, but has plenty of room for raised beds, or flower patches. Some young evergreens grow along the borders, and you’ll notice a line of fruit-bearing trees on the north side of the fence. The fruit trees are young, but already produce Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples, and D’anjou pears. Summer treats to look forward to.
Intro to the Hilltop
The Hilltop Neighborhood, where you find this home, is a diverse community set on the hill above Tacoma's downtown. Churches dot the corners, the recently beautifully renovated McCarver Elementary School and its playground are just a few blocks away. St. Joseph's Hospital and Community Healthcare's Hilltop Family Medical Clinic are close by. There's even a Link light rail project in the works, to be completed in 2022. The Link will further connect Hilltop to Downtown Tacoma and the Stadium District, providing increased access for those who don’t own a car, or prefer (for all kinds of reasons!) to use public transit. Go for music and art at Alma Mater, or coffee and brunch at Honey. Find some green space at People's Park, get to know your neighbors at the People's Community Center, and enjoy the annual Hilltop Street Fair every August.
Community Advocacy & Engagement
Enroll your kids, or volunteer in the comprehensive tutoring and mentoring programs at Peace Community Center. Hilltop offers a myriad a ways to get involved, give back, engage, and belong. Did we mention Tacoma Community House? No? Well, it’s more than worthy of a mention. Their advocacy work began over a hundred years ago and they’re going strong in their work with refugees, immigrants, employment, and education.
If you’d really like to engage in this neighborhood, understand its roots, its concerns, its causes, and get deeper into what it means to participate in this community, get involved in the Hilltop Action Coalition. The HAC meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 6 pm in the community room at the Hilltop Regional Health Center. Know your neighborhood!
The Hilltop Business District
The heart of the Hilltop's business district stretches between S. 19th and S. 9th on MLK Way. Favorites on MLK include The Fish House Cafe, a tiny blue restaurant serving fried fish and shrimp baskets for decades, Mr. Mac Ltd clothing store (opened in 1957 - read more about this Hilltop icon in this News Tribune article!), Johnson's Candy Company (since 1949!), Pho Bac and Pho King offering inexpensive Vietnamese food. Newer additions to the neighborhood like Red Elm Cafe, 2nd Cycle Community Cycle Center, and bars like The Eleven Eleven Bar, Zodiac Supper Club, and 1022 S J (craft cocktails and food too) indicate the every-changing character of this area.
Take a look at our list of favorite Tacoma destinations below. We’ve calculated the distance from the doorstep of this Tacoma Craftsman, as well as the time it takes to drive or walk to these practical and popular spots.
FROM HOME BY CAR/FROM HOME ON FOOT
Sheridan Park: 0.2 mile, 1 min/2 min
Peace Community Center: 0.3 mile, 2 min/7 min
McCarver Elementary School: 0.4 mile, 2 min/8 min
Fish House Cafe: 0.5 mile, 2 min/11 min
People’s Community Center: 0.7, 4 min/13 min
St. Joseph Medical Center: 0.7 mile, 4 min/14 min
Boys & Girls Club: 0.8 mile, 3 min/16 min
Le Donut: 1 mile, 5 min/20 min
Red Elm Cafe: 1 mile, 5 min/21 min
Hilltop Family Medical Clinic: 1 mile, 4 min/19 min
Le-Le Restaurant: 1.1 miles, 5 min/22 min
Manifesto Coffee Roasters: 1.1 miles, 5 min/22 min
The Eleven Eleven Bar: 1.1 miles, 5 min/21 min
Tacoma Art Museum: 1.1 miles, 5 min/25 min
Safeway: 1.1 miles, 6 min/20 min
People’s Park: 1.2 miles, 5 min/24 min
Alma Mater: 1.3 miles, 5 min/26 min
Wright Park: 1.6 miles, 7 min/32 min
Open House & More Information
Come see this Craftsman in person!
We have open houses coming up this weekend and all are welcome:
Saturday, February 2nd, 12 - 2 pm
Sunday, February 3rd, 12 - 2 pm
In the meantime, for more information about this home, call or text me, Michael Duggan, at 253-226-2787. I'll be happy to answer your questions about this home or the local real estate market in general.