Move-in ready. Those three words are one of the best gifts a home can give anyone looking to settle down. This lovingly maintained and carefully renovated brick cottage is ready to welcome you home. Some people are looking for a project, but a lot of us don’t have the desire, time, or energy to tackle a big house remodel, we just want to arrange our books on the shelf, choose a cozy spot for the couch, dream about flower beds, uncork the wine, or put the kettle on. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’re a couple looking for your first home, and you like the idea of that second bedroom to grow into. Maybe you’re an independent person, but you want to have friends over for summer bbq parties on the covered patio, and you’d like to offer your bff a place to spend the night. Maybe you’re clearing out, sizing down, simplifying, and 2 bedrooms with a tidy garage, a quiet street, and a nice back yard is just what you’re looking for. Come and see.
From refinished hardwoods, to new windows, to fresh paint in and out, to custom iron porch railings, to newly laid sod, and crisp paving stone pathways, this home is full of thoughtful touches, and practical updates.
And the location just makes the picture prettier; half a block from the scenic Fircrest Golf Club, a 5 minute walk to Fircrest’s cafes, parks, community center, and shops, and a 10 minute drive to the waterfront where you can walk the beach, visit a pub, taste local beers at Narrows Brewing, or watch boats come in and out at the marina. If you’re not familiar with Fircrest, absolutely read-on for our location section, but here’s a glimpse: it’s a community known for its friendly parks and sidewalks where neighbors jog and walk dogs, its annual festivals, small businesses, and beautiful evergreens.
Continue on for the video tour, photos, neighborhood highlights (including walking time/distance to a list of Tacoma favorites), and many more details about this home.
Single Floor Living
Single-Car Attached Garage
New interior paint
New Wilsonart counters in kitchen and bath
New tile in kitchen and bath
New sinks and faucets in kitchen and bath
Refinished hardwood floors
New vinyl flooring in kitchen, bath, and laundry
New Minka Aire kitchen fan in dining area
New kitchen stove, washer and dryer
New LED ceiling lights
New gas furnace
New windows and custom window blinds
New hot water tank
Paving Stone Pathways
New Front Lawn
New exterior paint
New aluminum patio cover
New paver walkway and patio
New sod and landscaping
New custom front porch railing
New exterior custom vent covers
New roof 3 years ago
New back yard fencing
Living Room & Entry
From the front porch with its swirling custom iron railing, open the door into the entry area and pause to slip off your shoes, set down a bag, or hang up your keys. Step into the living room with its refinished oak floor and pretty white mantle over the brick fireplace. Keep the curtains wide open to let light in through the picture window. Chances are you’ll see some friendly neighbors go by with a dog or two.
In this room you’ll see the fresh paint, and smooth ceilings (no popcorn here!) found throughout the home, all in soft tones ready for framed photos, prints, and paintings. The new gas furnace keeps the living room warm, so curl up with a book, your pup or cat, invite a friend over, pour a hot drink, and get cozy.
Kitchen & Dining Area
The living room opens into the dining area with its view to the back yard. The dining area window offers an opportunity for choosing curtains that will give the space a character you love. Crisp and simple, bold, intricate, modern or old fashioned, the fabric you love will absolutely help define this space. The Minka Aire fan above the table is sleek and understated. While its clean design doesn’t demand too much notice, it brings good light and comfortable air flow.
Find new floors underfoot in the dining area and kitchen. You saw the summary of interior updates, so you know the list of kitchen renovations is long! What I love is how well the new Wilsonart countertops, the new appliances, and tile backsplash compliment the existing cabinets. I’m all for cabinets that preserve the era of the home. These - painted a clean white, and fitted with simple hardware - maintain retro charm in the room, and pair beautifully with the new double sink too.
The two bedrooms in this home are found at the end of a hardwood hall off the living room. The front bedroom, shown above is clean and bright with all the warm, beautiful color only fir floors can provide. The living room and hall floors are oak, which is a wonderful hardwood, and very well suited to areas of the home where there’s more traffic. Fir floors are one of our favorites and are lovely for bedrooms where furniture doesn’t move around as often and high heels don't tend to make much of an appearance.
The back bedroom has windows to the back yard, the same fir floors, fresh paint, and crisp trim. These are comfortable rooms in their own quiet hall where an additional storage closet is found.
Between the two bedrooms at the end of the hall is the updated bathroom with its new tile all around the tub and a tiled backsplash as well. The huge mirror is great for getting ready in the morning, and it also adds a bright, open feeling to the room. The floors, tub, sink, faucet, and countertops are fresh, new, and ready for you. Choosing a shower curtain is one of the pleasures of setting up a new bathroom. We’ve included photos of the curtain both open and closed to help you imagine the space and consider what you’d bring.
Three cheers for the laundry room! Anyone who has spent months or years using a laundromat or shared apartment laundry facility (usually in some deep dark basement), understands the cheers. This laundry room is just a step down from the kitchen and dining area. It’s fitted out with new floors, fresh paint, and a new washer and dryer as well. It’s all set! Use the cabinets above for linens, cleaning products, detergents, or whatever odds and ends you’d like. This laundry room is also where you’ll find the access to the garage. Take a right into the single car garage, or take a left out to the covered patio. If you have pets, you’ll appreciate being able to wipe off paws in here before they hit the floor in the main living space.
It’s incredibly convenient to have a garage that adds to the usable square feet of a home. Park a car in here and you’ll still have room to store some items on shelves. As you’ll soon see, there’s also a storage shed in back, so you can keep the lawnmower, shovels, rakes, and flower pots out there. That means this space can be reserved for some boxes of decorations, or bikes, and other odds and ends. Keep in mind, the paved driveway also offers space for off street parking.
Oh, the patio! With new paving stones, curved corners, and a new corrugated aluminum roof to keep you dry in the rain and shaded in the sun, this is sure to be a second living room in summer. Even in spring and early fall I know I’d find myself out here in a sweater, settling into some comfy patio furniture with a steamy cup of coffee, my journal, and a good book - or even better, a friend. Outdoor outlets allow for the sparkle of string lights. The simple addition of these lights feels festive and inviting.
Set up a dining area, chaise lounges, Adirondacks, and a potting bench or two. Then enjoy the fresh air, the clematis climbing over the arbor, and the way the landscaping will grow and mature. There’s plenty of room for your additions to this back yard if you’re feeling energetic. Add garden beds, bring in a swing set, plant your tomatoes and herbs in pots on the patio, or just let it be. Leave room for running around. It’s going to be nice either way.
Fircrest is a real neighborhood. It’s a friendly, walkable community with its own traditions, and its own business district where neighbors can sit for coffee, meet for lunch, get a haircut, and even pick-up tasty treats for pets. If you’re the homebody type, with a coffee shop, cafe, and Italian delicatessen all on one block just a 5 minute walk from 805 Spring St, you might find yourself sticking pretty close to home. You’ll even find Pint Defiance (one of Tacoma’s favorite specialty bottle shops and taprooms), Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisine just 4 or 5 minutes away by car.
On the other hand, if you’re all for a quiet street for home, but like a bit more bustle in your night-life, downtown dining - at restaurants like the Pacific Grill, Wooden City, Indochine, and en Rama - is only about 15 minutes away. That’s to say, Fircrest is a place all its own, with its own pace, unique businesses, and quiet streets, but “the city” is within easy reach.
What else? The waterfront is under 10 minutes away by car. We don’t mean the Ruston Way waterfront, nope. This side of the city has a waterfront all its own with views of the Narrows Bridges, its own brewery, waterfront dining, and the best views of the sunset in the whole city. Read all about the West End’s waterfront in our blog The Sunset Side: Tacoma’s Other Waterfront.
Fircrest, named Regents Park back in 1909, is situated between Tacoma and University Place. This little city within a city calls itself “The Jewel of Pierce County” and its curving streets, and parks, as well as the beautiful Fircrest Golf Club, help it live up to the name. At the center of town you’ll find 10 acre Fircrest Park with its pool and community center. From annual strawberry shortcake feeds, to fireworks, to Fircrest Fun Days, this place is all about community.
You can read more about Fircrest in our Neighborhood Pages and take a look at our list of favorite Fircrest, Tacoma, and University Place destinations below. We’ve calculated the distance from the doorstep of 805 Spring St, 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
Downtown Fircrest - Less than Half a Mile from 805 Spring St
Fircrest/Regents Park: 0.2 mile, 1 min/3 min
Spring Lake Cafe: 0.2 mile, 1 min/5 min
Viafore’s Italian Delicatessen: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Studio 602: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Espresso Yourself: 0.3 mile, 3 min/6 min
Mimi’s Teas: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Chopper’s Holistic Pet Foods: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Fircrest Community Center: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Fircrest Police Department: 0.4 mile, 2 min/8 min
Shopping & Groceries
Paper Luxe : 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop: 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
Willow Tree Gardens & Interiors: 1.2 miles, 4 min
Fred Meyer Marketplace: 1.3 miles, 6 min
Harbor Greens: 1.4 miles, 5 min
Tacoma Boys: 1.6 miles, 6 min
Whole Foods: 1.9 miles, 6 min
Trader Joes: 2.3 miles, 9 min
Tacoma Community College: 0.9 mile, 3 min
Lowe’s Home Improvement: 0.9 mile, 5 min
United States Post Office: 1 mile, 3 min
Fircrest Golf Club: 1 mile, 4 min
Narrows Plaza Bowl: 1.1 miles, 5 min
Home Depot: 1.2 miles, 6 min
Cheney Stadium: 1.9 miles
University Place Pierce County Library: 2.1 miles, 8 min
Open House/More Information
Open House: come see it in person this weekend!
Saturday, April 27th: 11 am - 1 pm
Sunday, April 28th: 12 - 2 pm
In the meantime, for more information about this Fircrest 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.