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: $1,198,876 / County Average: $513,076

Average Taxes in Tenino: $5,560 / County Average: $4,476

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $399 / County Average: $218

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 25 / County Average: 18

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1986 / County Average: 1992

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 107 / County Average: 71

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2920 sq ft home on 39 fully fenced acres. acreage is a mix of pasture and timbered areas...

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

Looking for elbow room? nice level shy acre with 3 bedroom & 2 bath home...

water sewer hookups paid. build your home and enjoy the city of Tenino close to city services....

Moments off i-5 and tucked away on 5 acres is your single story dream home w huge shop...

easy commute to jblm and year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail. completion april of 2020....

Beautiful 1.79 acres of peaceful, serene forest on quiet lane...

Rolling & wooded 10 acres of quiet seclusion with easy access to interstate 5 & just 15 minute to downtown olympia...

Thurston county equestrian facility. this rambler has 3 bd/2ba plus dining, rec room, office...

Home on a large lot is just minutes from downtown Tenino. truly the home we've all b...

Come make this diamond in the rough yours! this cute 3 bedroom 1 bath home has a nice layout, good size kitchen, huge back yard, sectioned off for gardening and entertaining...

Beautiful 40 acre timberland property located in Tenino,wa...

Move-in immediately! 2 bdr w/bonus rm single story home w/new upgrades throughout including new lvp flooring & carpets, fresh coat of interior & exterior paint & new 30 yr roof...

easy commute to jblm and year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail. completion november of 2019....

easy commute to jblm,year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail....

Two parcels totaling 4.45 acres. lots of possibilities with the 1901 home...

79.19 acres of unequaled privacy, located at the end of a paved county road...

This spectacular property is awaiting your home plans...

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

easy commute to jblm and year round recreation is close by on the yelm Tenino trail. completion september of 2019....

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