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: $368,043  County Average: $393,535

Average Taxes in Tenino: $3,018  County Average: $3,394

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $166  County Average: $173

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 22  County Average: 18

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1980  County Average: 1992

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 76  County Average: 85

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Covered horse arena, 32+ stalls, horse turnouts, 6 bay machine shop, workshop, all this leading to magnificent log home on top a hillside overlooking south thurston county, close to shopping, large property owner adjacent adds to seclusion...

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

Amazingly beautiful 10 acre lot in a secluded setting...

easy commute to jblm & year round recreation close by with the yelm Tenino trail....

Opportunity knocks! large farm house has 3 bed/ 1.75 baths and sits on 15...

new wood shed, deck and garden area. this home is just outside of Tenino and an easy commute to centralia or olympia. affordable living, country feel and still close to amenities....

huge fully fenced backyard! move-in ready! close to the yelm-Tenino trail & schools! quick commute to either side of jblm!...

Well has failed and new well will need to be drilled to obtain bank financing...

This home will not last long with a large corner lot and fully fenced back yard...

easy commute to jblm & year round recreation close by on yelm Tenino trail. interior photos are of other homes by the same builder. some upgrades not included in base price....

Great end of cul-de-sac located 1 level 3 br 2 bath 2000+sf home (feels much bigger) on a park like fenced shy acre with big shop with 2 bonus rooms & car spaces...

Looking for privacy and seclusion to build your dream home? this 18+ acre parcel is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...

Beautiful 3 bedroom rambler on dry, level, 4.29 acres...

Very hard to find property that is private yet close to olympia...

Looking for privacy and seclusion to build your dream home? this 28+ acre multi parcel listing is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...

Beautiful home on 5 acres located just minutes south of tumwater...

Private country setting close-in with amazing territorial views, pasture that has produced grass hay, mature trees and landscaping, raised garden beds, huge 30x60 shop, large fenced chicken/animal yard with chicken coop, two large dog kennels and large backyard patio with fire pit...

gated neighborhood of paved roads, covenants and restrictions with the feel of a wooded, reclusive retreat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino a...

easy commute to jblm & year round recreation on the yelm Tenino trail. come choose your lot today. 4.5 month build time...

Fantastic remodeled rambler on large corner lot. large, open concept home that is great for entertaining...

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