Tenino, WA Real Estate

Tenino WA Real Estate Overview

Tenino was officially incorporated on July 24, 1906, though it existed as a rural community since the mid-19th century. Initially, American settlers were attracted to the open prairies created and maintained by local natives through controlled burns to cultivate camas root, a staple food source. Records indicate the initial settlers' community centered on the prairie approximately 1/2 mile south of the present town. Early residents named their first post office and school "Coal Bank", in the 1860s, a reference to a nearby coal outcropping. When the Northern Pacific Railway arrived in 1872 they adopted Tenino as the name of the new station. It also appears informally as "T-9-O," a shortened variation in use as early as 1873.

In the late 19th century a number of sandstone quarrying companies began shipping building stone, used in many regional buildings outside of Tenino, including the Old Capitol Building and the old Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, the Mason County Courthouse in Shelton, Washington, the First Congregational Church, developed by Cameron Stone, in Tacoma, Washington, Denny Hall and the Theodore Jacobson Observatory at the University of Washington, Seattle, the Pittock Mansion and the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon and several post office buildings, including at The Dalles, Oregon. The US Government also used stone from these quarries to construct jetties at Westport, Washington and elsewhere. The quarries declined in the early 20th century when many builders switched to concrete.

In addition to quarrying, logging, saw mills, and coal mining were also well established industries in the area. However, as the timber played out and railroads switched to diesel in the mid-20th century, these industries also declined.

Tenino wooden money, issued during the Great Depression.
Tenino briefly achieved national fame during the Great Depression. After the local bank closed, the town government temporarily issued wooden money scrip for use locally when cash was scarce. However, most of the wooden money was never redeemed as it became a collector's item.

While Tenino retains its historic downtown, now a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the town serves largely as a "bedroom community", many of its citizens commuting by car to larger cities such as Olympia and Tacoma for work.

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Tenino WA Real Estate Stats

Average Price in Tenino: $484,462 / County Average: $440,547

Average Taxes in Tenino: $13,650 / County Average: $4,720

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $212 / County Average: $187

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 23 / County Average: 15

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1984 / County Average: 1994

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 75 / County Average: 68

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Maytown Offut Lake Tenino

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Beautiful custom home w/breathtaking mt. rainier views, on 5 private acres, in mcintosh ridge...

One of the best views on the lake!! 3 br, 2.5 bath and breathtaking views from almost every room...

Great 40 acre lot. lots of trees and ready to develop or build a secluded estate...

Wonderful 5 br spacious 2636 sf well cared for home with an amazing setting...

Come build your dream home on these 37 acres near Tenino...

gorgeous property with 260 acres in the city of Tenino potentially zoned mdr, hdr, commercial, light industrial and industrial. requires master ...

Absolutely spectacular private hilltop acreage. enjoy the exclusive privacy of this gated community...

Now fha eligible! country living at its finest! this beautiful home sits on just shy of an acre with room to build a shop...

Eat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino & 20 minutes to the i-5 corridor. school mitigation fee upon requesting of building permit. great territorial views....

This beautifully maintained home in the coveted scatter creek neighborhood boasts 4br, office/den downstairs w/ closet, could be used as 5th br (4br septic), formal dining & living rooms & large kitchen w/ island open to the great room...

Beautiful 39.4 acres zoned 1/5. build your dream home or subdivide and sell enough to pay your land off...

For a great place off the freeway but close enough for quick access, you will have to check this house out...

located near millersylvania state park and only 6 miles from tumwater, Tenino or i-5....

endless possibilities at a great price. quick commute to both rainier & Tenino....

4.89 acre parcel in growing Tenino. great view and possible mt rainier view depending on where you build...

close to schools and shopping; easy commute to olympia and jblm; just down the road from golf course and yelm-Tenino trail....

Beautiful private cul-du-sac. this lot features 6.20 acres of level pasture land with partial fencing...

Private country living, yet moderately close to everything...

Fantastic equestrian prop. 5.5 acres of level pasture fully fenced with stable...

Eat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino & 20 minutes to the i-5 corridor. school mitigation fee upon requesting of building permit. great territorial views....

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