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: $1,071,935 / County Average: $500,306

Average Taxes in Tenino: $4,412 / County Average: $3,250

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $401 / County Average: $218

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 20 / County Average: 18

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1978 / County Average: 1995

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 108 / County Average: 117

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Steps from the quiet downtown area of Tenino, this sweet 3 bedroom, 2 bath home built in 1909 is ready for a new owner...

Spectacular opportunity to own this new construction home in a gated community...

Country charmer in desirable frog hollow community on large private lot with rv parking only minutes from i-5, on a quiet cul-de-sac...

Very nice 3.08 acre parcel. located near offut lake about 15 minutes from tumwater...

No pocket gophers!!! 79+ acres of forested view acres zones 1/5...

Ready to go, septic designed and approved, power, cable and phone at street, and well installed ...

Seclusion, privacy and stunning olympic and mt. rainier views on this almost 500 acre property can be found just minutes from i-5 access and downtown olympia...

Got toys? we got the space! recently remodeled/updated single story home situated on a shy 1/2 acre lot is ready for you...

This thoughtfully designed equestrian property is sited on 10+ usable acres...

Looking for privacy and seclusion to build your dream home? this 10+ acre multiple parcel listing is located in the gated community of mcintosh ridge...

Looking for a small house with a huge shop? this cute little house sits on a double lot with large shop which has 3/4 bath and an office space...

This parcel is close and yet so far in it's feel and just big enough to do your mini farm...

pantry/lots of storage! 20 minutes to olympia; ez access to yelm/Tenino trail!...

Huge opportunity on almost 78 acres in Tenino! build your dream home with lots of space around you or develop...

Fire sale!!! sold as-is! bring strong cash buyers only...

E find in Tenino! two commercial lots, located on Tenino's main street sussex ave. a...

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

What a find! shy five acre lot, tucked away down johnson creek rd (which has been freshly resurfaced...

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