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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Average Price in Tenino: $1,139,062 / County Average: $515,477

Average Taxes in Tenino: $6,122 / County Average: $3,569

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $351 / County Average: $217

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 27 / County Average: 19

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1979 / County Average: 1992

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 123 / County Average: 91

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easy commute to jblm and year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail. completion nov 2019. price includes a 5k lot premium for larger lot....

surrounded by graceful historic homes on millionaire's row, this rare asset is 2 blocks from volunteer park, near restaurants, schools and light rail (walk score @89!). rimmed by Tenino stone wall with beautiful wrought...

Private wooded 5.25 acre retreat conveniently situated 15 minutes from olympia...

New roof 10/19/2019!! amazing waterfront home w/3 bed + 2 full bath on a nice big piece of land...

located in a gated community of forested 5 to 20 acre lots that is just 10 min. from the historic town of Tenino & 30 min. to olympia. taxes are under $50 per year do to the designated forest land tax status. property is zon...

Are you interested in living lightly on the land or developing a nice level parcel in park-like setting in the country? this could be your shangri la...

Entals or live in one and rent the 2 others. west Tenino zoning for future master planned community. sewer & water across street. 2,500 sq....

This spectacular property is awaiting your home plans...

Unbelievable views from one of the nicest acreage lots in mcintosh ridge...

Gorgeous home on 5 private acres. offering formal dining room & living room w/gas fireplace...

this charming 4 bed 2 bath 2-story home is perfectly nestled in the heart of Tenino within walking distance of all of its amenities including the sussex ave shopping district and the local schools, all while boasting the quiet privacy and seclusion of a large fenced back yard with a deck! the interior features gigantic windows...

45.5 acres, i repeat 45 acres! where else are you going to find that much land as well as a beautiful 3418 sqft 3bd/3ba home in a lovely gated community 20+ minutes from town? 30'x60' fully wired 3 bay shop with dedicated electric meter and full length cvrd back area, lg front & back decks, gated driveway to home, granite & butcher block countertops, water filtration system, heat pump, specially milled black walnut hardwood floors, solid fir doors & so much more...

Picturesque lot in extremely desirable location with sweeping views of hills and cultivated valley...

this can allow for a variety of uses including 6 homes per acre with city water and sewer available. buyer to verify and work with the city of Tenino for future development....

well-loved & well-maintained, w/ over $50,000 in upgrades in the last 4years. city of Tenino owns vacant lot behind, presently a convenient parking lot for clients. sit back & relax while you enjoy life as a landlord!...

Wn living! charming 3br/1bath 2 story in downtown Tenino. upgraded insulation/weatherizatio...

easy commute to jblm and year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail. est completion jan 2020. photos of other homes by builder....

Misty ridge farm is a regal yet inviting home adorned w/ stained glass doors, slate roof, & imported european finishes...

Entals or live in one and rent the 2 others. west Tenino zoning for future master planned community. sewer & water across street. 2,500 sq....

This private and secluded 5+ acre parcel is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...

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