Craft Beer Makers Revitalize Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District

Tacoma was recently featured in a report by KIRO-7 news’ Kevin McCarty.  McCarty notes,

“Tacoma has always been a beer town… and these days business is booming”.  “Several independent craft beer makers are reviving the city’s historic brewery district.  Craft breweries large and small are popping up in and around the city’s historic brewery district along Pacific avenue in roughly the same area that once housed three large brewers a century ago. Heidelberg, Columbia and the original Pacific breweries once operated very close to an area now seeing an explosion of beer makers.  From 19th street to south 55, large independent breweries are up and running or in the works with several small micro-brewers also dotting the area. Recently Gig Harbor based Seven Seas has announced they’ll open a large scale operation after converting an old warehouse near S. 21st and Jefferson streets.”

For those of us that love beer and Tacoma… this is certainly a “win-win.”

Click here to read the full article!



Jeff Williams is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere in Tacoma specializing in the purchase and sale of historic and luxury homes.   Click here to email Jeff or give him a call at 253-303-1135.





Posted on April 20, 2016 at 8:19 am
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Jeff Williams named to the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission

Congratulations to Jeff,  recently nominated and approved by the Tacoma City Council to serve a two year term on the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The mission of the group is as follows: The Commission reviews and approves applications for changes to registered Landmarks and buildings within local historic districts, reviews nominations and advises City Council regarding additions to the Landmarks Register, and participates in the planning process.
To learn more about historic preservation, landmarks and historic districts in Tacoma visit the city's historic landmarks page here.  If you'd like to discuss the benefits of putting your historic property on the City of Tacoma Historic Register call or email Jeff, he'd be happy to hear from you!.


Jeff Williams is a Realtor with Windermere specializing in purchase and sale of historic and luxury homes in and around south Puget Sound.  Click here to email Jeff or give him a call at 253-303-1135.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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Jeff Interviewed by Fox 13 News Regarding the City “Flipping” Houses

I was was recently interviewed by Fox 13 News regarding a proposal going in front of the Tacoma City Council that recommends the city start "flipping" derelict properties.  Given my experience flipping houses I feel that an $800K grant is not enough money for the city to impact the many derelict properties in Tacoma.  I believe the money could be better utilized to provide incentives to private individuals to take on the projects instead.  I will be working with City of Tacoma officials to further explore more realistic and concrete ideas on how to best utilize the grant money for maximum impact for the residents of Tacoma.  Click the photo below to see the full story below.  -Jeff


Posted on August 15, 2013 at 9:21 am
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community, Home Remodel, Tacoma Real Estate

NW Furniture Bank Receives Windermere Donation


Windermere Professional Partners Agents Present $9,000 Check to Northwest Furniture Bank!

northwest furniture bankThis week Windermere Professional Partners agents returned to Northwest Furniture Bank to present them with a check for $9,000. Last time the agents were atNorthwest Furniture Bank they were delivering mattresses, assembling furniture, and painting walls. So what happened?

“Several years ago the WPP Broker Advisory Board (made up of agents elected from WPP offices) took the initiative to select the charitable organization that our company would support on an annual basis,” says Kevin Mullin, Owner and Managing Broker of Windermere Professional Partners. “When we heard Bill Lemke’s story and the reason he and his wife have such a passion for their work, Northwest Furniture Bank was embraced as the chosen charitable organization for WIndermere Professional Partners Realtors.”

NW Furniture Bank works with non profits all over the county to provide new and used furniture to families in need.  Since learning about NWFB, WPP Realtors have held fundraisers, assembled furniture, helped families pick out items for their homes, and loaded furniture into moving trucks to deliver right to people’s homes.

“After a few volunteer days there, we can not say enough about the great things Northwest Furniture Bank does for our community,” says Kevin. “And the fact that we are able to help Bill and his team in those efforts is something all of us at WPP feel good about.”

The check for $9,000 came from The Windermere Foundation. The Windermere Foundation was created in 1989 as a grassroots effort by local Windermere Realtors to serve families in need in Washington State.  Over the past 20+ years the foundation has grown to include every single Windermere office in America.   Over the past 20 years, the foundation has organized donations for more than $21 million dollars to provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance and other services to those in our communities who need help the most.

Every single home that is sold by a Windermere Realtor includes a donation to the Windermere Foundation, which then goes on to support projects all over the country. 


Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community, Giving Back

Jeff recently participated in the Urban Land Institute’s study of the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma


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Tacoma, Washington:
Leveraging existing and future assets to attract investment along the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor (aka the “Medical Mile”)

Tacoma’s Medical Mile is a downtown corridor bordered by two of the oldest residential and commercial areas – the Stadium neighborhood to the north, and the Hilltop neighborhood along the south.  Nearly 1,000 housing units have been built in these areas accompanied by substantial investment from two major health care providers located at both ends of the corridor (a third medical clinic is under construction midway between the two hospitals).

The study area has a large stock of older commercial and residential structures that offer opportunities for authentic neighborhood redevelopment complemented by large scale investments.  Over the last ten years, extensive community outreach and planning has occurred, resulting in significant growth opportunities. Public and private investment continues to occur in the area with the potential to extend light rail service to this corridor by the Sound Transit, the regional transit authority.  A number of alternative routes are under consideration with a decision on a preferred route in 2013.

The City of Tacoma and private landowners control key properties in the area. Attracting and sustaining major private investment outside of the hospital systems has been difficult. Development plans for these properties are in the conceptual design stage offering investment and development opportunities for a wide range of land uses and development configurations.

The City of Tacoma seeks input on how best to leverage existing assets that will attract investment along the Medical Mile.


  • Significant investment by health care sector occurring
  • Contemplated light rail investment
  • Mixed-use zoning in place and programmatic EIS underway
  • Parks, schools and other public amenities in place
  • New residential and mixed-use development
  • Authentic character and neighborhood pride


  • Perceptions of disinvestment
  • Neighborhood concern regarding health care sector growth
  • Connectivity within study area
  • Sustainable private sector growth

Meet Tacoma's Rose Center Faculty Advisers


Posted on March 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community

A Peek Inside McMenamin’s Elks Lodge



We here in Tacoma have been anxiously awaiting the start of construction by boutique hotel chain McMenamins to restore the Elks Lodge in downtown.  Well the latest from McMenamins website shows some amazing "before" pictures of the heavily vandalized property, and predicts an opening in late 2013.  Oh, please let me it be so!  Click the photo at the left  to be taken to the gallery .



Posted on February 17, 2013 at 9:15 am
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community, Tacoma Real Estate

Take Action! Digital Billboard Legislation is Back


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Action Needed:
Digital Billboard Legislation back in Olympia  
February 3, 2013
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We've just received news of House and Senate bills (HB 1408 and SB 5304) moving at breakneck speed to public hearing in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, Feb 5th, at 3:30pm.  Companion bills are "to provide cities and towns with the local option to permit static digital outdoor advertising signs along state highways."  Read details in Friday's Tacoma News Tribune Political Buzz blog.  
In 2011, Historic Tacoma worked with neighborhood councils, business districts and individuals to stop digital billboards here and Tacoma… we now need to work with colleagues across the state to kill this legislation in committee.   If this state legislation passes, we could see digital billboards on state roads, like Pacific Hwy., here in Tacoma.
Click here to connect to the Keep Washington Beautiful website where you can send an email to the House Transportation Committee.  Alternately, you may want to send a note to Rep. Jake Fey who is vice-chair of the committee. We encourage you to tailor the draft language and speak specifically about Tacoma.  Quick action is needed.  


Posted on February 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community

South Sound Property Group on YouTube

Jeff and Mark recently started hosting all of their active listings on YouTube.  Check out the videos of our listings, and follow us!

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am
South Sound Property Group | Category: Community