Downsizing, Senior Moves, Home Transitions


Senior Moves, Decluttering & Downsizing

Tina Baril and Monarch Transitions are the go-to for home transitions in the Puyallup Valley, including experienced Tacoma WA downsizing help

Tina is well known for her ability to oversee your entire transition, from planning and preparing, to downsizing, to coordinating move day and arranging for realty and estate services. 

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Tacoma WA Downsizing Help

Tina Baril
(206) 353-8617

Senior Move Manager

If you’re looking for Tacoma WA downsizing help, make Tina Baril with Monarch Transitions your first and only call! Tina is a second-generation owner of Monarch Transitions, and is well-known for her ability to take the stress out of any move. Count on Tina to help with:

Plus, Tina’s years of experience have laid a solid foundation with a network of vetted local pros whose services can be arranged for real estate, estate sales, consignment, professional cleaning, yard maintenance, waste removal, and more! Tina’s experience is backed with membership to the National Association of Senior and Specialty Move Managers (NASMM), having received the Circle of Service designation for over 5 years of service. 

Previous clients can’t stop raving about their phenomenal experiences working with Tina. She’s been praised for her “compassion and understanding”, and for her care to “listen to requests” and “follow through with great satisfaction”. Her “great attention to detail” and “endless patience” serve as a great complement to her “talented and capable” skills, always ensuring she “completes the entire job”. Give Tina a call to get started today!


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For Retirees, Seniors and Downsizers in the Tacoma WA Area

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Whether you're moving to the Puget Sound area or just downsizing your current home, there's something for everyone in Tacoma WA.

Why Retirees, Seniors and Downsizers Love the Tacoma WA Area

Tacoma, WA and its neighboring communities offer a harmonious blend of urban convenience and natural beauty, making it a highly appealing destination for retirees, seniors, and those looking to downsize. The area is celebrated for its rich cultural scene, abundant recreational opportunities, and senior-friendly amenities, creating an environment that caters to a relaxed and fulfilling lifestyle. The city’s parks, museums, and dining options are tailored to a variety of interests, making this the ideal spot to call home for seniors seeking both leisure and engagement.

Tacoma is packed with mesmerizing museums and alluring attractions for all interests, so get ready to explore! From art-centric options including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the carefully preserved relics of eras past at Washington State History Museum, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum, the city has no shortage of unique cultural and historical insights. 

Go outside to play at Point Defiance Park! Folks of all ages can connect with nature and wildlife at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Immerse yourself even further with a drive, bike ride, or trek along the picturesque Five Mile Drive & Trails

The dining scene in Tacoma is diverse and vibrant. Enjoy a fine dining experience at Over the Moon Cafe, offering a romantic ambiance and a variety of dishes with Northwest influences. Cozy up at The Table, serving New American cuisine made with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. Produce from the Puyallup Valley makes an appearance in Mediterranean specialties and Neapolitan-style pizza at Primo Grill



Nearby, Auburn is another community that appeals to seniors, offering a mix of entertainment, shopping, and serene natural settings. Head off to the races at Emerald Downs, an iconic Thoroughbred horse racing track and home of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame. Shop ‘til you drop at The Outlet Collection Seattle, featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options for every taste. 

Dive into the region’s history and heritage at White River Valley Museum, featuring fascinating exhibits that paint a picture of Auburn in days past, as well as modern temporary exhibits covering topics from art to culture and more. Revel in the beauty of nature at Soos Creek Botanical Garden, featuring a variety of gardens and a heritage center that displays interesting artifacts from Auburn’s early settlers.

Take the family out for burgers and ice cream sundaes and the beloved Trotter’s Restaurant. Stop in to Rainbow Cafe to enjoy their all-day breakfast offerings and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy classic American diner fare at Starting Gate Restaurant.


Lakewood and Steilacoom

The neighboring communities of Lakewood and Steilacoom are both well-known for their senior-centric attractions. The Lakewood Senior Activity Center and Fort Steilacoom Park are key highlights, offering activities and programs specifically designed for senior citizens. These include exercise classes, social gatherings, and outdoor activities, all aimed at promoting an active and social lifestyle for seniors.

Step back in time at Lakewold Gardens, a 10 acre European garden located on the estate of The Wagner House, a splendid Georgian-style mansion with picturesque views of Gravelly Lake. Visit a one-of-a-kind Gothic Tudor castle at Thornewood Castle Inn & Gardens and enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling the 4 acre grounds that include a sunken English perennial garden and access to American Lake for boating, fishing, and swimming.

Learn about the area’s history at Steilacoom History Museum, a monument to Washington state’s first town. Have an out-of-this-world experience at Pierce College Science Dome, a 38-foot digital planetarium offering a variety of shows. Get your hands dirty at Art and Clay Studio LLC, where you can take guided classes for hand-building or even host a party to paint pre-made pottery with friends. Catch a flick at AMC Lakewood Mall and enjoy the luxury amenities including reclining seats and extensive menus.

Get your fix of comfort foods and cocktails at Burs Restaurant and Lounge, serving diner-style fare with a side of nostalgia. Brunch is calling – answer with a mimosa and a home-cooked meal at Moon Rise Cafe, serving family-friendly American eats for breakfast and lunch. Take your tastebuds overseas at Bruno’s European Restaurant, serving a variety of classic German and Western European dishes.



Close by, the city of Puyallup is focused on community participation and engagement for seniors. The Puyallup Activity Center offers a range of programs and activities that encourage seniors to stay active and involved in their community. Immerse yourself in  fun with can’t-miss annual events like Washington State Fair in September, Oktoberfest Northwest in October, and Spring Fair in April. 

Stop by Puyallup Public Library to grab a map for a self-guided tour of Puyallup Art Walk, featuring a rotating collection of outdoor sculptures. Spend some time in the Great Outdoors at Bradley Lake Park, offering 59 acres of fun including the beautiful namesake lake for fishing, plenty of trails to hike, shelters for picnicking, and more. Get your pick of fresh produce at Puyallup Farmers’ Market, a seasonal market on Saturdays from April through October.

Local ingredients take center state at Crockett’s Public House, an easy-going gastropub offering scratch-made American fare. Hit Toscanos Italian Grill for cozy surf and turf with an Italian spin, a full bar, and mountain views. Dine at Charlie’s Restaurant & Lounge to enjoy all day down-home eats in a historic building.


Embrace small-town charm in Sumner, known as the Rhubarb Pie Capital. This quaint community offers a unique charm with its historical tours and Main Street shopping, providing a welcoming and engaging environment for seniors. The community’s focus on events and local culture makes it a delightful place for retirees looking to be part of a close-knit community. 

Old-fashioned fun is never far away in Sumner, with annual events including the Daffodil Parade in the spring, Rhubarb Days in the summer, The Annual Garden Social in the fall, and Old Cannery Bridge Lighting featuring a vendor village, live reindeer, and fireworks in the winter. 

Take a leisurely self-guided tour around the city’s landmarks with Sumner Walking Tour, including several parks and historic homes. Highlights include local favorite Rainier View Park, featuring artwork by local schoolchildren and Ryan House, a historic home turned museum.

Get a taste of the Pacific Northwest at The Windmill Bistro, offering traditional cuisine and a garden setting. Embrace your inner cowboy at saloon-inspired Aversano’s Italian Restaurant, serving Italian favorites and draft ales. Enjoy the freshest local ingredients year-round at Oxbow Urban Kitchen, known for their market-driven dishes.

Get in Touch. You can rely on us for senior move help in Tacoma WA.

Tina Baril at Monarch Transitions is the local favorite for anything related to senior moves and downsizing in the Tacoma WA area.  Call Tina first for full-service home transitions.