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Meg, Other/Just Looking in Burien, WA

Why are homes so much more expensive on the W side of 1st Av in Burien/Normandy Park WA?

Asked by Meg, Burien, WA Thu Jul 5, 2007

Without a better view, and without a better piece of property, it seems like houses are significantly more expensive in Normandy Park than in Burien, and even on the West side of 1st Avenue in Burien, than on the East side of 1st Ave in Burien. Wussup?

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Very easy, property lots on the west side are bigger, homes are built more separate from the property line, airport noise and school district looks more attractive to potential buyers. Also you can see the quality of the homes on the west side are a little better, nice gardens and more consistent neighborhood than the East side, you have a needed house next to a nice one, and more needed homes than the west side.
My office is right on first Ave south and I can see from my window the east and west, and you can tell the neighborhood differences right away.
Hope it helps.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 10, 2010
Many people like to purchase on the West side of 1st in Normandy Park because of the Schools (Marvista is the desired Elementary School). Also, it's a little difficult to get a view from the East side of 1st Ave. As someone already mentioned the further you can get away from Pacific Highway and Airplane noise the better.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 7, 2008
It's just one of the market quirks. Every area of the US has pockets of real estate that is more expensive than the one across the street. 1st Ave in Burien is just like 6th Ave in Tacoma. I lived in Des Moines, WA for 30 years so I am very familiar with the area. Normandy Park has always been desireable. For as long as I can remember they have promoted themselves as a "boutique" neighborhood and have created exclusivity and demand for homes.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 5, 2007
Overall it's location, location, location. Normandy Park, Gregory Heights, Seahurst are closer to the water and more desirable for that reason and less affected by the airport and it's traffic. Burien proper has a whole lot of amenities close by the town on the west side of 1st Ave South, it's kind of flat and easier to walk and talk with neighbors. However, the east side has the north seatac park which is nice. Hope that answers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 9, 2010
I think west of 1st and N Park is a nicer area. Maybe you want to be farther from the airport, closer to Burien down town or in a quiet neighbor hood over the hill in the wooded areas up from highline. We looked in that area and just based on the neighborhoods narrowed it down to west of 1st just by the vibe we got in the neighborhoods not even considering the price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
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