Virgil Adams Real Estate’s Guide to Summer in Olympia

Olympia comes alive in the summertime. The sun sparkles off the water and the long days allow plenty of time to relax in nature whether you enjoy hiking, boating, or just hanging out.

“One of our agents calculated that we have over 100 miles of waterfront in Olympia if you add together the inlets and lakes,” said Dennis Adams, owner of Virgil Adams Real Estate. “It’s part of what makes life here so pleasant,” he continued, noting that the city has multiple waterfront parks including Percival landing park, Port plaza, Priest Point Park and Capitol lake park all of which are near the Virgil Adams Real Estate office downtown.

Virgil Adams Real Estate in many ways embodies the spirit of Olympia. Like most of the businesses in town, they pride themselves on being deeply local. From Sofie’s Scoops serving small-batch gelato to the artisan food and craft vendors at the Olympia Farmers Market, individuality and history matters. Dennis and Tammy, father and daughter, represent the second and third generations of the brokerage and love to give newcomers a tour of their favorite places.

“We can see the water from our office,” added Tammy. “I love downtown and when I’m showing people around I take them through the boutiques downtown and show them the marinas. Visitors also enjoy walking the boardwalk at Percival’s Landing.”

Summer in Olympia has a small town charm that is experienced in many different ways. July brings the Capital Lake Fair, July 17-19 at Heritage Park, with rides, games, and entertainment. On Friday nights, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Boston Harbor Marina hosts local breweries and local bands. “All the locals come down to listen to music and it’s a really nice time,” said Dennis.

The expansion of Swantown Marina gas dock has brought bigger boats to the area, giving more tourists the opportunity to experience all that Olympia has to offer. Boating is an important part of local life, there are at least seven marinas nearby and restaurants from Anthony’s Hearthfire to Tugboat Annie’s let you pull up in your boat and enjoy a waterfront meal.

While waterfront real estate is at a premium and inventory is currently at under a two-month supply, prices in Olympia remain significantly below Seattle and surrounding areas. “We see everything from quaint cabins to large homes priced from $300,000 to $400,000 to $3 or $4 million,” says Dennis. “People come to Olympia for a way of life they can’t get in other areas with natural beauty, a true sense of community, and a truly distinctive and individual spirit.”

At Virgil Adams Real Estate, that sense of local pride is deeply felt. The firm maintains a single office and keeps its agent count low, hiring only agents with true expertise and a deep level of commitment to the community. With agents ranging in age from 31 to 75 and with a variety of specialties, it’s easy to find your own ambassador to the charms of Olympia.