Waterfront homes make up a large percentage of the luxury real estate in Greater Seattle. University Place and other nearby cities will often have waterfront homes available in a variety of locations. Seattle-area waterfront properties include luxury lakefront homes on Lake Washington, Puget Sound waterfront estates, and floating homes and houseboats on Lake Union.
University Place is located adjacent to Tacoma, just about 30 miles south of Seattle. The area got its name when the University of Puget Sound attempted to build a new campus there, but eventually decided against it. The name stuck however, and the area was eventually incorporated in 1995. University Place is mostly residential and has spectacular views of Puget Sound, including from its top-tier golf course, Chambers Bay, which hosts PGA events. There are around 30,000 residents of University Place.
University Place, Washington
University Place is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Its population was 31,144 at the 2010 census.
Based on per capita income, University Place ranks 81st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
University Place, Washington
University Place received its name in the 1800s when the University of Puget Sound, a private liberal-arts college in North Tacoma, purchased land along the primary north-south route of Grandview Drive. The school sought to build a new campus there, but ended up selling the land back to the city for about $11,000. University Place remained an unincorporated part of Pierce County until the City of University Place was formed on August 31, 1995.
Today, University Place is largely suburban in character and functions as a mixed business and residential area with waterfront on the Puget Sound. The town is home to Curtis Senior High School and Charles Wright Academy.
Chambers Bay golf course recently opened to favorable reviews. A Scottish links-style course, Chambers Bay hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open.
University Place's news is primarily covered by The News Tribune (Tacoma), and is also covered by University Place Patch, a hyper-local news website that launched in October 2010, and sometimes by news media in Seattle. Earlier newspapers for the community were the weekly Suburban Times (1970s), published by Dave Sclair (who, starting in 1970, also published Western Flyer); and, in the 1980s, the Lakewood Press, published by Grace T. Eubanks and later Dane S. Claussen, which launched the University Place Press as a monthly and then biweekly before it folded in early 1989.
University Place is located at 47°13′10″N 122°32′30″W (47.219545, -122.541610).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.56 square miles (22.17 km2), of which, 8.42 square miles (21.81 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.
The University Place School District manages eight public schools. Primary schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade. Intermediate schools teach grades five through seven. Junior high is grades eight and nine. High school students are in grades ten through twelve.
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