JB Lewis-McChord, WA (JBLM) - Off-base Housing
There is a wide range of off post housing options near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Fort Lewis). Most communities near JBLM offer large selections of housing, including homes and apartments for rent along with condos and homes for sale.
For those looking for off post housing options, Olympia, Lacey and Dupont are located South of the JBLM area. These communities have a good variety of homes for rent and sale. These communities are seeing quite a bit of economic growth, both commercial and residential. They also feature a relatively quick commute to the Dupont gate, Mounts Road gate and Fort Lewis Main gate.
Communities such as Roy, Yelm and Graham on the North and East side of JBLM have a more rural setting and on average, larger yard sizes. Yelm and Roy are located just outside the Fort Lewis East Gate off of Hwy 507. There are fewer rental homes in these areas, but they can be found.
Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood are the largest and most densely populated areas around JBLM. Here you can find a wide range of apartments, homes and condos for rent and sale.
The new addition of the cross base highway, connecting the Fort Lewis and McChord sides, has alleviated some of the traffic congestion. However, anyone living off post will be dealing with some traffic issues especially around rush hour. For real time traffic and a map of all the JBLM gates click here.
Rentals and homes for sale near Joint Base Lewis-McChord tend to be a good mix of styles, mostly one and two story houses, duplexes, and condos with some new construction. An average home size is around 1,900 square feet. Three bedroom units are most common, and homes sell for above the national average. If you wish to rent on post please contact the JBLM on post housing office at 253-912-2112.