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I have lived in Burien for over 4 years. Location is great, you are close to all the amenities, shopping malls, airport, restaurants, and only 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. However, there is still much to be improved. Being a small town/neighborhood you would think that could walk to and from places, but there is a lack of sidewalks. There is heavy traffic in all major streets. Playgrounds are ok, but none are great. Although, children love the water fountain next to the library and city hall. There are racks to park your bike at key places such as the library, but not many people use them. On the positive side, events throughout the year are great including the farmers' market.
This area is great for settling down or starting up. It's not too far from the city, but it's not isolated either. This area is extremely diverse. If you ever need to find a place with the most diversity, Burien is the place to look. There are fantastic places to eat with the family, or just a place to be alone. We have a little bit of everything here! And if we don't have it, you have a good chance that its pretty close by.
There are lots of different types of restaurants in my area from all sorts of cultures. It's nice because no matter what I'm craving, I can find a place nearby that sells the type of food I want. Vietnamese and Thai food are probably the most popular in my area. My favorite Thai restaurant is Emerald Thai. It's a small restaurant owned by an older couple, but they're so nice and the food is great! They use quality ingredients and keep their space very clean. One thing that's so nice about having so many good and small restaurants near me is that it's very easy to become close to the business owners and it builds a sense of community.