Burien, WA


Highest Appreciating Burien Neighborhoods Since 2000

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 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2016 (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 50,997, 18,609 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $400,399, 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 56.60% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Burien include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 33.77%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.95%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 1.97%).

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 54.45% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Burien include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 30.17%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 7.74%). There's also some housing in Burien built before 1939 ( 7.64%).

Burien Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Burien have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 17.43%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Burien house appreciation rate of 1.62%.

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 14.38%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 97.90% 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 1.63%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.67%.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Burien's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% 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
> $1,449,000 1.6
$1,087,001 - $1,449,000 2.4
$725,001 - $1,087,000 6.0
$580,001 - $725,000 8.7
$435,001 - $580,000 23.0
$290,001 - $435,000 37.5
$145,001 - $290,000 16.0
$73,001 - $145,000 2.8
$0 - $73,000 2.0

High for WA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
10.127026868817 21.9858156028369

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Burien Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q3 - 2017 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q4 - 2017 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q4
110.62% 4.23% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,854 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 52.20
Renters 47.80
Vacant 6.71

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 7.7
1970 - 1999 30.2
1940 - 1969 54.4
1939 or Older 7.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 56.6
Townhomes 2.0
Small Apt. Buildings 5.9
Apt. Complexes 33.8
Mobile Homes 1.4
Other 0.3

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.01
1 Bedroom 18.14
2 Bedrooms 30.65
3 Bedrooms 28.33
4 Bedrooms 17.21
5 or more bedrooms 3.67