McChord WA Real Estate
McChord WA Real Estate and Homes For Sale
by Veteran Army Realtor Phil Sharp 1SG, Retired
McChord Air Force Base is the Air Mobility hub for the north western United States and is a partner installation of Fort Lewis Washington. Fort Lewis is adjacent to McChord and is home to approximately 20,000 Army troops of the Pacific Command. McChord and Lewis are the force projection platform for the Western United States and their geographic location makes them the logical stepping off point for the entire pacific region.
McChord WA AFB hosts the 62nd Airlift Wing, and the 446th Airlift Wind (USAFR). These organizations operate the C-17 transport, among other aircraft, and are the backbone of US airlift capability for the western US, the Pacific region, and often operate globally supporting ongoing operations around the world.
McChord AFB employs approximately 10,000 Air Force, Reserve and civilian personnel, and is continually expanding as it assumes more and more of the duties of smaller installations with uncertain futures. Located along the I-5 Corridor adjacent to the city of Tacoma, opportunities for family members are limitless; employment for spouses and educational opportunities for children are two of the things that make McChord, WA a highly desirable location, and are a big reason for our large retired population….people like it here.
Looking for things to do? McChord AFB is located less than an hours drive from the beautiful and historic city of Seattle, (PHOTO); If you are into the outdoors, sporting and recreational activities, a little more than an hours drive will take you to Skiing in the Cascades. Travel in the opposite direction and find yourself at the beach in about the same amount of time. And then of course, there is Puget sound. Puget Sound is a body of salt water that borders the Tacoma area to the west, and is a boaters and fisherman's paradise. You can actually rent boats for use in the salt water from MWR on base.
The base information number is (253)982-1910; the Public Affairs office can be reached at (253)982-5637. McChord AFB Web Site
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McChord WA Real Estate For Sale average price:
The average home price is $220,000 while houses range from $50,000 to $872,000. Housing types available include Single Family, Residential, Commercial, Lots & Land, Investment Properties, Waterfront, Town Homes & Condominiums. Several communites surround McChord Washington area, and there are many well priced homes for sale, investment properties for sale within a quick commuting distance to McChord. Visit other community pages like Lakewood, Tacoma, DuPont, Spanaway and Puyallup to learn about these areas and homes for sale near McChord and JBLM.
McChord WA Data
Population - 28,959
Households - 13,087 Persons Per Household - 2.73 Income Per Household - $32,459 Average House Value - $121,900
Telephone Area Code(s) - 253 Latitude - 47.16262 Longitude -122.510641
McChord AFB, WA Map Link to Map Quest
McChord AFB Housing and Real Estate FAQ:
Q What are the most popular off base housing communities?
A Lacey, Yelm and Spanaway/Graham are the most popular, and tent to rotate among themselves…one month Yelm is more popular, next month it is Lacey. Time of year seems to have something to do with it. The countryside is prettier in the summer…
Q How far is the drive to Yelm/Lacey versus Graham and Puyallup?
A Geographic distances are about the same; with no traffic, the drive to Puyallup is 20-30 minutes….Lacey/Yelm is about the same....but with traffic. Road congestion in the Graham/Spanaway/Puyallup areas can stretch commutes out to an hour or more. The new Cross Base Freeway will alleviate some of the problem in Spanaway, and out to Frederick and Graham, but won’t help much with Puyallup.
Q I have heard good and bad about Spanaway, what is your opinion?
A There are less than desirable areas in Spanaway, just like there are around any large base. I will keep you away from the bad areas, they are generally pretty easy to identify. If the listing price is too good to be true, it may be a bad area (or a short sale, a subject for later). If there are lots of junk cars and graffiti..goes without saying.
Q Do you sell many houses in Spanaway?
A Spanaway is a very popular area, and I do sell quite a few homes there. I do try to stay away from “the strip”, where the clubs and pawnshops are. Just a little further out, there are some really nice neighborhoods and communities, and nice houses, with good people and good schools.
Q How far is the drive to Spanaway?
A It depends on where you are coming from. From Main post on Ft Lewis, it is 20-25 minutes. If you leave McChord by the back gate, it can be 5 minutes. The other option is to take the East Gate, between Roy and Spanaway.
Q Is the traffic on I-5 really that bad? Can we avoid using I-5?
A It is hard to completely avoid I-5, but there are folks who do. I try really hard, but it doesn’t always work out. Yes, the traffic can be really bad. Because of rivers and other geography, there are lots of “choke points” where I-5 is the only option, such as when passing Ft Lewis, or crossing the Nisqually river.