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.

[source: Wikipedia]

Total

New

Reduced

Open Houses

Foreclosures

Short Sales

99

3

8

0

3

1

Tenino WA Real Estate Stats

Average Price in Tenino: $365,543  County Average: $398,226

Average Taxes in Tenino: $3,051  County Average: $3,428

Average Cost Per Sqr Ft in Tenino: $162  County Average: $174

Average Walkscore in Tenino: 22  County Average: 18

Average Year Built in Tenino: 1980  County Average: 1992

Average Days on Website in Tenino: 70  County Average: 85

Tenino WA Real Estate Market Health


Neighborhoods in Tenino WA

Loma Vista Tenino

Areas in Tenino WA

Thurston South

Most Popular Listing

Popular Tenino Real Estate

Most Expensive Listing

Expensive Tenino Real Estate

Least Expensive Listing

Cheap Tenino Real Estate

Listings in Tenino

Wanted....a little bit of heaven with everything you need...



New price for this special 5 acres on a quiet, paved street...



Got horses? this well cared for rambler on just over 5 acres is the perfect place...



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



72 acre building parcel in a gated neighborhood of paved roads, covenants & restrictions with the feel of a wooded, reclusive retreat in the country. ...



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...



Eat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino & 20 minutes to the i-5 corridor. school mitigation fee upon requesting of building permit. great territorial views....



Eat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino & 20 minutes to the i-5 corridor. school mitigation fee upon requesting of building permit. great territorial views....



Quality built, tastefully decorated heavy log hm offers old world charm, modern amenities...



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



Eat in the country. within minutes to the city of Tenino & 20 minutes to the i-5 corridor. school mitigation fee upon requesting of building permit. great territorial views....



This gorgeous remodeled home in the heart of Tenino...



This picturesque lot has a view point over looking lovely cultivated valley...



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...



Private secluded almost 5 acres by tempo lake. 3 br septic installed in 1993, partially cleared for home site and 1500sf (30x50)shop/hanger on the property...



Remarkable custom equestrian estate located on 13.72 picturesque acres w/sunrise & sunset views...



Immaculate custom home built in desirable, gated community within walking distance of mcintosh lake...



Rural, residential, undeveloped land waiting for your plans...



Timeless classic in Tenino! this has it all-3224 sf, ...



Motivated seller! come rest in the quiet and solitude...



Property Search








Saved Properties

This is a list of your favorite properties. We will email you if a property is reduced or leaves the market.

Click 'Save' to add a property to this list.

Register / Login

New & returning visitors please enter your information to login.

By clicking 'register' you are agreeing to our terms of use & giving us expressed written consent to contact you.

Questions? Comments? Complaints?

This message will go directly to the head of our team.

Location & Address

Ed Leeper
4329 A St SE, Ste E
Auburn, WA
253-678-5318
253-397-4912

Other Locations