Bordered by majestic Puget Sound on one sound and mighty Mount Rainier on the other, Federal Way offers some of the most breathtaking natural views you’ll find in all of Washington. The city is also home of the Weyerhaeuser timber company’s headquarters, much of whose land, including a pair of botanical gardens and tons of parks and scenic walking trails, is available for public viewing. Numerous state and city parks and beaches also offer picturesque views of the Olympic Mountain Range and Puget Sound.
Situated eight miles from downtown Tacoma and 25 miles from Seattle, residents of Federal Way have the luxury of working in, and enjoying the amenities of, these larger cities without having to deal with their big-city headaches, like congestion, and pollution. Night owls, likewise, are able to enjoy the serenity of suburbia while being within a 20-minute drive of Seattle’s numerous nighttime hotspots.
Unlike many western Washington suburbs, Federal Way’s housing market is not dominated by homeowners, as renters account for about 43 percent of residents. Waiting lists are extremely rare, many property managers offer six-month, one-year, and month-to-month leases, and move-in specials pop up frequently. Amenities and floor plans range from basic to lavish, so whether you’re in the market for a studio, a multi-level townhouse, a luxury loft, or anything else, you’ll be able to find something that fits your needs and your tastes in Federal Way. Just be sure to read your lease carefully before signing it, treating it like the important (albeit tedious) legal document that it is. Also, be prepared to show banking info, proof of income, and proof of a positive renting/credit history, and remember to inspect your new pad carefully, checking for blemishes, faulty appliances, leaky pipes, etc, before moving in.
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