Located at the southern tip of Puget Sound, the tax-friendly community of Olympia, Washington, is a great place to retire. It's only an hour from Seattle but much more affordable, and the beautiful countryside gives active retirees plenty to do.
There is no state income tax in Washington, so income from pensions, Social Security and withdrawals from retirement accounts is tax-free. Olympia's cost of living is also significantly lower than Seattle's, including assisted living expenses. In Seattle, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $6,500, and in Olympia it is $5,250.
Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and the Pacific coast are located within a day's drive from Olympia, offering an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing and sailing. The climate tends to be wet but mild, with temperatures mostly staying between 34 degrees F and 80 degrees F year-round.
If Olympia sounds like the kind of place you'd love to retire to, take a look at our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area.
Brookdale Olympia East
616 Lilly Rd. NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Brookdale offers both independent and assisted living options for residents in a homelike atmosphere. There are multiple floor plans to choose from, but all apartments come with ample storage and large windows to let in abundant natural light. The resort-style amenities include fitness classes, a full-service salon/barbershop, chef-prepared meals and Wi-Fi access throughout the facility. Brookdale staff organizes regular social events including board games, movie nights, holiday parties and summer cookouts for residents; family members are always welcome to join.
The Sequoia Assisted Living Community
825 Lilly Rd. NE
Olympia, WA 98506
The Sequoia is located one block from the Lilly Road Medical District and the magnet-level Providence St. Peter Hospital. This facility is designed to give a small-town, country feel, and residents are treated like family by the staff. Pets are welcome to live with their owners in spacious, comfortable apartments that have individual temperature controls, wall-to-wall carpeting, safety rails in the bathrooms and an optional private telephone line. The community also offers amenities including a library, activity rooms and weekly housekeeping services.
A Big Heart Adult Family Home
1127 Georgetowne Dr. NE
Lacey, WA 98516
We included A Big Heart AFH because it does things a little differently than other assisted living facilities. It's a small, family-owned and operated home that provides extremely personal care in a cozy suburban house. A registered nurse works with the home to ensure that residents' health and medical needs are always being met, regularly performing wellness assessments and overseeing medication administration. The home is located in a quiet, leafy suburb that is great for bird-watching and just a few miles from shopping, dining and medical facilities.
828 McPhee Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98502
At the Artesian Place Assisted Living Community, seniors can receive thoughtful, compassionate care with an individual care plan designed especially for what they need. This includes supportive services such as bathing, meal preparation and medication administration. The facility places a priority on safety, with a sprinkler system throughout the entire building, smoke detectors in every room and illuminated apartment entryways. A full range of activities and social events are available, such as movie nights, swimming pool visits, craft classes and casino trips.
Woodland by Bonaventure
4532 Intelco Loop SE
Lacey, WA 98503
This lovely assisted living community located in Lacey, Washington, just five miles from Olympia, boasts elegantly landscaped grounds and raised garden beds for residents with green thumbs. Seniors enjoy amenities such as an exercise center, billiard room, library and movie theater to keep their calendar full. Woodland offers excellent transportation services, including scheduled appointments and weekly trips to the grocery store so residents can pick up whatever they like.
1751 Circle Lane SE
Lacey, WA 98503
The vibrant retirement community of Panorama sits on a picturesque 149-acre campus full of Sequoia trees, lush gardens, serene lakes and charming park spaces. Several mountain ranges surround the campus with lovely views and contain extensive hiking trails. The community offers a variety of home styles, from convenient multiplex apartments to elegant lakefront houses. Amenities include a convenience store, bank, dental clinic and travel agency. There is a Community Health Clinic located just off the campus staffed with four primary-care physicians.
Olympics West Retirement Inn
929 Trosper Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Olympics West Retirement Inn is located near the State Capitol building in Tumwater and is just minutes from dining, shopping and cultural opportunities. Staff is trained to assist residents with age-related memory impairment. Round-the-clock licensed supervision, consultation with a registered dietitian and accommodation for special diets are just a few of the services offered at this all-inclusive facility.
Fieldstone Cooper Point
810 Fieldstone Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502
A robust facility offering graduated levels of care, Fieldstone Cooper Point is an excellent place to spend your golden years. The community makes it easy to transition to a higher level of care when needed without having to move rooms. Residents receive a personalized care plan based on their unique needs which can include services such as bathing and dressing assistance, medication management and regular care assessments to ensure their health and comfort. Amenities include fitness classes, movie theater and spa.
Tumwater Meadows Adult Family Home
2324 48th Ave SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Offering 24-hour supervision and safety in a small, intimate environment, Tumwater Meadows sits on 3.5 acres of pristine woods in a private, gated community. It maintains a minimum staff ratio of six residents to one caregiver so seniors can get constant personalized attention, and it specializes in diabetic and memory care. Residents can take advantage of amenities such as housekeeping and laundry services, family-style meals, assistance with daily living activities and medication supervision.
1600 Marshall Circle
DuPont, WA 98327
This senior living community is minutes away from Joint Base Lewis McChord and offers assisted living services for those familiar with a military lifestyle. Military service is not required to be a resident of Patriot's Landing, but the community honors and is proud of their patriotism. Caregiver assistance and an on-call nurse is available 24/7. Golf courses and Puget Sound recreational activities are a short drive away, and the facility offers weekly outings, on-site religious services and more than 100 scheduled activities every month to keep residents active and engaged in the community.