Burien, WA

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Burien, WA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2018. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Burien Housing Market Information

With a population of 51,671, 18,606 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $445,484, real estate costs in Burien are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Washington communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Burien, accounting for 57.64% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Burien include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 32.72%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.02%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.15%).

People in Burien primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Burien has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Burien's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 55.09% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Burien include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 30.66%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 7.13%). There's also some housing in Burien built between 2000 and later ( 7.12%).

Burien Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Burien has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Burien real estate appreciated 40.55% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.46%, putting Burien in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Burien definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Burien that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Burien real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Burien appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 10.77%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 95.15% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Burien. Burien appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -0.14%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -0.57%.

Notably, Burien's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Burien's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in Washington.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Burien differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Burien - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Burien real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,440,000 2.2
$1,080,001 - $1,440,000 3.2
$720,001 - $1,080,000 8.2
$576,001 - $720,000 11.1
$432,001 - $576,000 26.8
$288,001 - $432,000 31.7
$144,001 - $288,000 12.4
$72,001 - $144,000 2.5
$0 - $72,000 1.8

High for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
9.29635036496351 21.2014134275618

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Burien Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q3 - 2018 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2017 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2016 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2013 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2008 Q4 - 2018 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2018 Q4
134.04% 4.52%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,837 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 53.47
Renters 46.53
Vacant 6.61

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 7.1
1970 - 1999 30.7
1940 - 1969 55.1
1939 or Older 7.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 57.6
Townhomes 2.2
Small Apt. Buildings 6.0
Apt. Complexes 32.7
Mobile Homes 1.2
Other 0.3

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.09
1 Bedroom 17.38
2 Bedrooms 29.98
3 Bedrooms 28.85
4 Bedrooms 17.59
5 or more bedrooms 4.11