South TacomaTacoma neighborhood guideTacoma Real Estate February 10, 2022

Neighborhoods in South Tacoma

South Tacoma is home to some of Tacoma’s most historic and affordable neighborhoods. In this post we will be talking about South Tacoma, the South End, and the Eastside of Tacoma. Here are the sections of South Tacoma:

South Tacoma

A plant shop, The Fernseed, photographed on the corner on a sunny day in South Tacoma.

South Tacoma:The area west of I-5, South of Highway 16, east of the city of University Place, and north of the City of Lakewood. The business district is on South Tacoma Way.  It’s proximity to the Tacoma Mall, to University Place, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and to Interstate-5 make it great for commuting and running errands.

The South End

A photo of 38th Street in the South End of Tacoma shot from above at sunset.

South End: Located East of I-5, South of Downtown, West of Tacoma’s Eastside, and North of Highway 5-12. Whether you’re commuting north to Seattle, to Downtown Tacoma, or down to JBLM, all of the freeways are right there. The Tacoma Mall is just across I-5. The South End has several local business districts including the Lincoln International District and the Fern Hill Business District. The businesses along Pacific Avenue also run along the border of the South End.

The South End includes the neighborhoods of:

Lincoln District

Fern Hill


The South End

Eastside Tacoma

A photo of the eastside of Tacoma at sunset on McKinley Hill.

Eastside Tacoma: South of I-5, east of Pacific Avenue, west of Waller Road, and north of 72nd. The McKinley business district is on the Eastside. The Eastside has some awesome parks, including McKinley park, Stewart Heights Park, and Swan Creek Park. A summertime street fair on McKinley Ave brings the community together. People come from all over Tacoma to eat at Antojo’s and Top of Tacoma, one of Tacoma’s best bars.

The Eastside Includes the neighborhoods of:


Mckinley Hill

The Eastside

What is it like living in South Tacoma?

South Tacoma, the South End, and the Eastside of Tacoma are some of the hottest and most affordable places to buy a house in Tacoma in 2021. In this video Tacoma real estate agent (and creator) Marguerite Martin sits down with friend and colleague Amanda. Amanda bought her craftsman house in the Lincoln District 18 years ago (and she’s been working on it ever since!) Marguerite and Amanda talk about what it’s like living in the South End and what advice she has for buyers searching for homes in the neighborhood.

To learn more about buying a house in South Tacoma, the South End, or the Eastside check out these resources:

To explore other neighborhoods in and around Tacoma check out:

To see more videos like this visit Marguerite’s youtube channel.

Marguerite Martin is a different kind of Tacoma real estate agent. Check out the Tacoma Neighborhood Guide to find answers to questions you have about neighborhoods in Tacoma and Pierce County. When the time is right to start looking, Marguerite can connect you with a local real estate agent who specializes in the neighborhoods you love most. Click here to contact Marguerite.