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Burien Waterfront Real Estate

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Burien is a relatively undiscovered waterfront gem of the Seattle area: lower prices than the neighborhoods just to the north yet still a very easy 20 minute drive into downtown Seattle. The neighborhoods of Three Tree Point, Seahurst, Crescent Beach, and Shorewood are quiet and well established, with many people discovering its virtues and living here for many decades. The coastline is gorgeous, and the residential waterfront streets are peaceful with very little traffic. Contrary to many people's perceptions, the location of Burien's coastline due west of the airport actually makes it the quietest coastline in the entire Seattle area (flight paths are only north-south, meaning that the planes are actually on the ground due west of Burien). The local government also supports the waterfront through its famous Seahurst Park and new Eagle Landing Park, plus recognizes and supports the value of its peaceful waterfront neighborhoods.

Burien waterfront runs a large gamut of options due to its many different neighborhoods and the varying topography. You can find exquisite modern homes near fixer cabins, incline tram access homes, walk-down properties, large flat lots, and a choice of many varied views ranging across Mt. Rainier, Vashon Island, ferries, Olympics, and the Sound's famous sunsets. Established beautiful neighborhoods such as Three Tree Point and Seahurst have both history and tranquility. Lake Burien also offers a tight knit community on the banks of it's clean lake for fishing, swimming, and boating.

The varied topography means that some areas should be inspected for any geotechnical concerns, plus some properties have steeper access than other communities. The majority of homes are normal drive-up style homes, however, and all this diversity means that there's something for everyone and for many different budgets here!


Burien Overview

Burien spans from it's downtown great shops to affordable (yet convenient) neighborhood communities and on out to the "Gold Coast" of Puget Sound. The town offers spectacular views, with wooded hills rising above Puget Sound. Early settlers came in the late 1800s and the town was established during the early 1900s, officially incorporated in 1993. It has a current population of around 32,000 people. Burien is located 10 miles south of downtown Seattle, with an easy and low traffic commute on Highway 509. Downtown Burien offers full local services, department and discount stores, a great variety of locally owned specialty shops, a wide variety of restaurants, and “Olde Burien’s" quaint shops. Highline Community Hospital is a fixture of the area. The huge Southcenter Mall and surrounding stores are just 15 minutes east, in the valley at Tukwila.

The Burien Library is a fine example of King County's expansive library facilities. Other local organizations include the Burien Arts Gallery, the Performing Arts Center, Burien Little Theater, Seahurst Workshop Gallery, Highline Historical Society, the Community Computer Center (to assist local citizens with computer skills). Many people are involved in the support of hospitals and other service or charitable organizations, and they actively participate in local government, schools, and children’s athletics.

Burien Neighborhoods

Burien’s pioneer era dock at Three Tree Point created a demand for early summer cabins and country houses along the Puget Sound shoreline, many of which survive today: some quaint, some grand, some vastly expanded and modernized. Seahurst has charming homes of the 1920s and 1930s. Shorewood is more from the '40s, '50s, and '60s, Gregory Heights represents the 1950s and '60s. Newer neighborhoods and individual custom homes are interspersed, most on wooded sites, many with spectacular views. The adventuresome can find homes at the water's edge, reached by tram and trail. There are areas appropriate to every price range. The combination of convenience, access to Seattle, and affordability is difficult to match elsewhere in the Puget Sound area.


Burien Schools

Highline Public Schools are available throughout Burien and include significant new construction of modern schools and facilities. They are augmented by parochial schools including St. Francis and St. Bernadette Elementary Schools, and also John F. Kennedy High School. Seattle Christian School and Highline Community College are nearby.


Burien Parks and Recreation

Seahurst Park offers wooded trails, sunny beaches, picnic shelters, and quiet benches to enjoy the ever-changing views of glistening mountains, brilliant sunsets, islands, sailboat races, power craft, ferries, tugboats, and huge cargo vessels. Other nearby recreational sites offer ball diamonds, recreation community centers, skateboard park, miles of paved trails along the Green river, pocket parks scattered throughout the town, and the brand new Eagle Landing Park complete with eagle's nest and a nature trail.


Burien Information Resources

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City of Burien


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