Suburban communities with much to offer on the Puget Sound waterfront.
Welcome to Normandy Park & Burien
Normandy Park and Burien are two picturesque up-and-coming communities located on the Puget Sound waterfront south of Seattle. Both offer a convenient location with access to Seattle via State Route 509. The communities are also close to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, though the airport’s east-facing flight paths mean there is no disturbance from overhead planes. These prosperous communities offer a family-focused suburban lifestyle with great shopping and dining. The stunning scenery includes views of snow-capped Mount Rainier and natural outdoor areas such as the heavily wooded Seahurst Park on the Puget Sound shoreline.
Normandy Park traces much of its development to the 1940s and ‘50s, and its real estate includes many attractive midcentury properties. Both communities also have a variety of private developments with exquisite single-family homes located right on the Puget Sound waterfront. In addition, Downtown Burien has new condominium developments with stylish contemporary living spaces within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots.
What to Love
• Stunning natural scenery
• Downtown Burien shopping and dining
• Convenient highway access to Downtown Seattle
People and Lifestyle
Normandy Park and Burien combine convenient amenities with gorgeous natural beauty. Normandy Park has over 1,000 acres of parks and greenspace, and Burien similarly boasts an abundance of outdoor recreation. Recent years have seen both communities become increasingly popular with young families, as they offer an idyllic combination of thriving local businesses, exceptional scenery, suburban calm, and a convenient commute into Downtown Seattle.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Burien’s thriving downtown area features lots of diverse shops, restaurants, and services surrounding modern developments such as the Burien Town Square condominiums. 909 Coffee & Wine
serves freshly roasted coffee and delicious Italian-style meals, gelato, and baked goods. A heated courtyard joins 909 to its sister establishment 913 Bar
, which offers a wide range of wines, handcrafted cocktails, and northwest beer. Osteria da Primo
also serves up Italian specialties, pairing pasta dishes, wood-fired pizza, and mouthwatering steaks and seafood with Italian wines in an elegant white-tablecloth setting. Wood-fired pizzas and great pasta are also on the menu at Burien Pizzeria
The Tin Room
combines a friendly neighborhood bar with a cozy movie theater. Enjoy a night of signature cocktails and elevated pub grub in the bar area or head into the next-door theater for classic films, comedy nights, and other special screenings and performances. Sidestreet Café & Bar
serves exceptional craft cocktails alongside a menu of tasty comfort food classics prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients. Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
is another favorite local hangout for good food and great beer brewed on-site. Salmon Creek Café
is a casual breakfast and lunch spot for made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and delectable vintage-style High 5
Retailers in Burien’s downtown area include PCC Community Markets
for natural and organic groceries. PCC hosts special events such as wine tastings and cooking classes every week. The Shoppe Seahurst
has all kinds of unique home items and antique furnishings, while Paper Delights
sells quirky gifts and high-quality stationery. In Normandy Park, The Soggy Doggy
offers a range of pet grooming services to pamper your four-legged friends.
Things to Do
Residents of Normandy Park and Burien enjoy an active lifestyle with a great choice of activities and events. All Lot A rights holders in Normandy Park are able to access the amenities at The Cove’s Normandy Park Community Club
. The Cove’s waterfront recreation facilities include tennis courts, wooded trails, creeks, wetlands, a salmon-stocked duck pond, and a community clubhouse. Weekly events at The Cove include dance lessons, movie nights, and the Normandy Park Wine Club. Normandy Park Sharks
is a local swim club with regular swim meets and lessons, and Gregory Seahurst Swim Club
also offers a range of swim and dive meets and programs, along with coaching and meets for tennis, pickleball, and water polo.
Both Normandy Park and Burien organize Fourth of July festivities with a parade in Downtown Burien
, a Fun Run
organized by Normandy Park Cove, and fireworks permitted in Normandy Park. Other popular annual events include Burien’s Oktoberfest
with a beer garden and a kids’ tot trot and the Strawberry Days festival
at Burien Town Square with food trucks, a chili cook-off, a car show, arts-and-crafts vendors, and live music. Burien Town Square also hosts a weekly farmers’ market
with up to 50 vendors selling fresh produce and specialty foodstuffs.
Outdoor recreation areas in Burien include 178-acre Seahurst Park
on the Puget Sound shoreline. This sprawling natural area has a long beach and forested areas teeming with local wildlife.
Public schools within Normandy Park and Burien are operated by the Highline Public School District. Highlights include:
- Marvista Elementary School, Public, PK-6
- St. Francis School of Assisi School, Private (Catholic Roman), K-8
- John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Private (Catholic Roman), 9-12
- Raisbeck Aviation High School, Public, 9-12 (STEM school with a focus on aviation and aerospace education)