Renton Real Estate Market
Renton Community Summary
Located to the southeast of Lake Washington's, and at the mouth of the Cedar River, Renton, Washington is home to a number of national and international manufacturing, technology, and service corporations, as well as a wide range of residential real estate options suitable for a variety of home buyers.
Renton Housing Market
The Renton housing market is quite diverse, from mid-century ramblers, and split-level homes, to modern and upscale production homes and new construction homes with high quality finishes by some of the areas top home builders. On the east side of Renton, buyers may find homes for sale on multi-acre parcels. Further west, lakeview, waterfront and luxury homes are available in neighborhoods like Kennydale.
The Renton economy is robust. Recent demographic statistics show Renton has a population of right around 97,000 residents, making it the 4th largest city in King County, and the 8th largest city in Washington. Although its best known commercial resident is perhaps the Boeing 737 assembly plant on Logan Avenue, Renton is also home to a host of other large companies such as GEICO, Paccar, Parallels Inc, and Providence Health & Services.
Because of its rich industrial background, its easy accessibility via Interstates 5 and 405, and its close proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Renton continues to see a wave of new development, which really started to pick up back in the mid 1990s. In 1994, the first IKEA of the entire Pacific Northwest region was built in Renton, while other noteworthy developments added to the area since then include an expansion of the Federal Aviation Administration's Northwest Mountain Regional Office, and of course the opening of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which houses the Seattle Seahawks Headquarters and primary training facility.
Renton Downtown Revitalization
Downtown Renton has also undergone major redevelopment since the 90s, which has completely rejuvenated and revitalized Renton's entire core business district. A new transit center, a number of privately developed mixed-use, retail, and residential condo buildings, and a completely redesigned town square were all part of the redevelopment effort, and today, downtown Renton is among the most vibrant and lively suburban communities in all of Greater Seattle.
For home buyers with school-aged children, the Renton School District serves most students in public schooling from kindergarten to high school, but small portions of unincorporated Renton neighborhoods are also part of the Issaquah & Kent School Districts. Regardless of the schools listed in any MLS listing, home buyers are strongly encouraged to verify all school attendance boundaries directly with each school district before entering into a real estate purchase contract.
Renton Photo Credits: Oran Viryincy (Renton Transit Center), theslowlane (Renton Sign) via Flickr.com.