You Belong in Burien. Life is Fulfilling and Affordable Here.
Burien is for all. Small-town charm layered with big city opportunities makes Burien an ideal place to call home because you feel both included and free to pursue what matters to you. Its thriving downtown, lively arts and entertainment scene, miles of Puget Sound waterfront and beaches, and easy access to Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport create a vibrant community on the move where people of all backgrounds and talents are welcome.
Burien is located just 15-minutes from a major city, with a feel all its own. Safe, friendly and connected are terms that define this unique city. It’s not so small that you feel restricted, but not so big that you feel disconnected. Burien is the sweet spot where you want to live where you work and you can play where you live. The beating heart of Burien’s appeal is its Main Street charm, affordability, diversity and inclusivity playing out against a spectacular backdrop of Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound.
“Burien is a homey town and everyone knows everyone. We have a cult following among the locals. Plus, this is a destination location so people from Tacoma, Everett and the East Side are coming to Burien to eat at restaurants like ours."
— Tony Hayes, Owner of Classic Eats
Burien’s Main Street Appeal
Burien’s downtown beckons you to come out and discover its charm. It is not by chance that Burien earned a spot near the top of Walk Scores for Washington state. The community has made major downtown investments resulting in wider sidewalks and multimodal amenities that take into account the bustling volume of bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Burien Town Square has undergone a $193 million development that has set the stage for thriving independent businesses, boutique retail, a farmers market, and a foodie paradise of exciting and diverse restaurants (the Seattle Times recommends a trip to Burien’s ‘eat streets’). The affordable real estate options, creative spirit, and entrepreneurial energy have created a downtown that is hip, dynamic, and up-and-coming.
Burien is Affordable
Burien is a waterfront community offering big-city accessibility, without the big-city price tag. Burien’s affordable real estate allows entrepreneurs and start-ups to get more space for their dollars making it a prime location for diverse businesses and restaurants, and thriving maker culture. Median home sale prices are 41 percent lower than nearby Seattle and 51 percent less than Bellevue. You can afford more home, more land, more room for life, and enjoy fewer taxes in Burien.
Burien Focuses on Diversity and Inclusivity
Burien is much more diverse than the average U.S. city. According to the Highline School District, more than 99 different languages are spoken in the homes of Burien area students. Burien’s diversity creates a rich tapestry of cultural, business, and educational opportunities. Here you will find Día de los Muertos celebrated as well as Independence Day, and can enjoy a global dining scene that features cuisines from six continents, from Oaxaca to Nepal.