There are SO many reasons to love the Pacific Northwest, but one of our favorite things is the beautiful city of Des Moines, Washington! Located right on the Puget Sound, Des Moines features numerous waterfront and water view properties, a variety of beachfront parks, a downtown marina with a fishing pier, and of course, fantastic restaurants with a view of the water.
This town, with a perfect population of 30,000, is a fantastic location to settle down and experience the beauty the Northwest has to offer! We LOVE Des Moines and we are so excited to share four of our favorite things about this amazing city--and maybe even convince you to move there!
You know the saying, “Location, location, location!” Well, here in Des Moines, it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful waterfront views, nooks of nature, and amazing restaurants and activities! In Des Moines, you’re perfectly halfway between Seattle and Tacoma--a 25 minute drive to either city--while still having the luxury of quiet nature! Now if that’s not an ideal location, we don’t know what is!
Saltwater State Park
Saltwater State Park is a 137-acre park featuring almost 1500 feet of Puget Sound’s saltwater shoreline. You can explore Saltwater’s tide pools or watch salmon spawning in McSorley Creek. If you prefer to view sealife from under the water, Saltwater is the only state park with an underwater artificial reef for diving. The park offers three trails for hiking and biking or cook up a picnic on one of the park’s barbecue grills.
Located on the south end of Des Moines, Redondo Beach is one of our favorite parts about Des Moines! There are three main attractions here. The first is Salty’s, one of the Seattle areas renowned seafood restaurants where you can enjoy patio dining right on the waterfront. The second is The MaSt aquarium next door. It serves as both a formal teaching institute and public learning center. The aquarium hold 3,000 gallons of flow-through seawater tanks and 250 native Puget Sound marine species. The third attraction, just outside the restaurant and aquarium, is a mile-long boardwalk, right on the beach. You can come here any time of day and see folks talking a leisurely walk while soaking in the marine air. You definitely won’t want to miss out on Redondo Beach if you’re planning an afternoon in Des Moines, and if you’re planning on moving here, this beach is a fantastic amenity of this beautiful city.
Downtown Des Moines
Des Moines wouldn’t be quite so fun without its downtown district. There are numerous small businesses and eateries that line Marine View Drive. Some of our favorites include B&E Meats, a family owned butcher shop established in 1958 is one of Des Moines’ oldest and best known businesses, the Dog House, home to the infamous Des Moines chili dog, and our personal favorite, Auntie Irene’s, a coffee shop with a model that they hope is like your second living room. It is styled with cozy seating and a friendly atmosphere for all ages. If you want a truly delicious sandwich, this is one of our top choices, but for a real treat check out the scoop ice cream. You can even order it at the drive through window!
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Our Favorite Des Moines Property
So did we win you over?? We sure hope you enjoyed reading about our favorite things in Des Moines! Luckily, at Maple + Main, we are here to help you find the perfect house for you! Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you find the home of your dreams in the greater Seattle area!