The beachfront property doesn’t look like a place where a true crime writer would find inspiration, especially an author who has written extensively about serial killers, including her chilling account of Ted Bundy. But for Ann Rule, the beloved Burien waterfront home proved more than fruitful.

After writing more than 20 books and 1,400 magazine articles, the famous author says it’s time to move on. That means Rule’s “dream home for 20 years” is up for sale, including an adjacent cabin. The light-filled dwellings have been a place of great creative output, no doubt aided by sweeping views of Vashon Island, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.


After a $500,000 price drop, Ann Rule’s home is now listed for $999,750 — a low price for most Washington state beachfront homes. Located halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, Burien real estate is more affordable than most Seattle-area homes. Median Burien home values hit at $229,700.

Rule certainly has been prolific, but the former policewoman almost always published much of her work under a male pen name. It wasn’t until the height of the frenzy surrounding Bundy that she gained notoriety with “The Stranger Beside Me.” Her book details meeting Bundy at the local suicide hotline in 1971 and their association, which lasts until his execution in 1989.

In addition to her books and articles, Rule teaches seminars on serial killers in several states.

Rule’s estate includes the newer home with updated granite counter-tops and hardwood floors, and the smaller cabin. Both are sited to maximize glorious vistas and sit on a just little under a quarter of an acre. The property is bordered by a sandy beach to the west and a greenbelt to the north. Each dwelling has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The listing is held by Matt Parker of Windermere Real Estate.

About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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