We had dinner Tuesday night with a friend of ours on her rooftop deck at the Triangle Townhomes in downtown Tacoma. We helped her purchase her unit there a few years ago, and she couldn't be happier. The Triangle Townhomes were designed by Seattle-based Johnston Architects and built in two phases in 2005 and 2006. The 27-unit complex is certified with the highest possible Built Green rating, using salvaged materials, an energy saving heating system and pervious paving stones to facilitate storm water management. Common areas have been kept to a minimum, reducing the amount of shared maintenance and helping to keep association dues low. Monthly dues are only about $100 and cover maintenance of the building exterior and the landscaping. There are no pet restrictions, and every unit has a dedicated attached garage.
The Triangle Townhomes offer spectacular views of downtown Tacoma, the Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier. The complex also offers extremely easy access to the Grand Cinema, Corina Bakery, Infinite Soups, King's Books, Hound Hangout, Maxwell's, Wright Park and the light rail. Our client loves the diversity of the other residents in the complex – "young, old, gay, straight, singles, couples, families with kids, military types and snow birds." She loves the diversity of the neighborhood as well. She loves the fact that so much is happening around her – "on the street, on the roof tops, at the movies and at the bakery." Most importantly, she loves not having to drive to enjoy any of it. Truth be told, we've thought about moving there ourselves, which is probably the best testimonial any Realtor could give.