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Situated on 31 miles of rolling hills between Lake Washington on the west and Lake Sammamish on the east, Bellevue is located in the center of the Puget Sound region, and it is ideally situated eight miles east of metropolitan Seattle. The city offers breathtaking views of romantic sunsets on the water and snow-capped mountains to the east and west. The second largest city in King County and the fifth largest in the state, Bellevue has over 119,000 residents and about 137,000 jobs.

Lake Washington

Many cities claim to be great places to live and work, but Bellevue lives up to those claims. It has a diverse community of civic-minded people, living and working together to maintain the vitality of their community and the integrity of its environment. In fact, Washington CEO magazine has named Bellevue City of the Year.

Bellevue businesses and residents benefit from a progressive, forward-thinking community that features excellent amenities including an award-winning education system, a growing arts community and a lively downtown.

Bellevue residents are highly satisfied with city priorities, services and amenities. A recent survey shows that 93 percent of residents rate Bellevue as an excellent or good place to live.

The city’s abundant amenities, excellent parks, well-regarded schools, convenient location and safe, high-quality neighborhoods are the traits residents most frequently cite as reasons for rating life in Bellevue so highly.

Educational attainment continues to be a primary factor influencing the quality of life in Bellevue. The percentage of Bellevue residents with higher education degrees is consistently higher than those of similarly sized communities nationwide, including neighboring Seattle.

Bellevue neighborhoods are a diverse mix of upscale urban downtown living and quiet residential neighborhoods. Community involvement and interaction are paramount within all Bellevue neighborhoods. An abundance of youth, along with cultural and family-oriented activities, are the cornerstone of Bellevue’s rewarding lifestyle.

Urban Living at Its Finest

Downtown Bellevue

The number of residents setting up households in downtown Bellevue has grown exponentially in the past 10 years. The city’s downtown is in the middle of a transformation, as developers continue to follow the successful formula of building high-rise condominiums coupled with street-level retail space. The concept brings the Downtown to life after work, allowing residents to enjoy the convenience of retail and entertainment just a stone’s throw away.

New condominium and apartment projects are adding housing options in the heart of the city.

Currently, over 2,000 housing units are under construction downtown. Since 1990 the population of downtown Bellevue has quadrupled. Between now and 2020 the downtown population is projected to increase from about 5,000 to 14,000. This is almost two-thirds of the population growth forecast for the city.

Great Neighborhoods

West of downtown Bellevue are some of the oldest and most well maintained communities in the region. The community of Meydenbauer features beautiful homes with its own public park and beach on Meydenbauer Bay.


The Crossroads area comprises the east end of the city across rolling hills to the shores of Lake Sammamish. Celebrated for its vibrant diversity, the Crossroads community is attractive to young families and newcomers. Just south are the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake areas named for the secluded bodies of water and gentle slopes that attracted some of the original settlers to the area.

Further south, across the I-90 corridor, are the Somerset, Cougar Mountain and Newport Hills neighborhoods where homes have views of the Seattle skyline or of the Cascade Mountains. Newport Shores is tucked on Lake Washington just off Coal Creek Parkway. The area has its own marina and recreation center for homeowners.

Salaries and employment opportunities make Bellevue a welcome place to work and live. Bellevue’s median and average household incomes are higher than median and average incomes for King County and the nation as a whole. The 2006 American

Community Survey estimated Bellevue’s median household income at $76,757 and average household income at $102,531. Whether it’s a waterfront estate, a suburban rambler or a high-rise urban condominium, Bellevue offers homes for every size family at any stage of life.


In a little more than a century, Bothell evolved from an isolated logging village into a multi-faceted, full-service city with a resident population of 32,000 and a workforce of over 17,000 employees. Bothell has become a suburban bedroom community and a regional employment center.

Tree-lined streets, charming neighborhoods, a highly rated public school system, great schools, historic downtown Main Street, a scenic riverfront and lots of outdoor recreation are just a few reasons Bothell is a fine place to raise a family, build a business and enjoy life.


Approximately 1.1 square miles in size, Carnation is a rural Western Washington community of 1,900 residents. Located along SR-203 in beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, Carnation is 30 miles east of Seattle and 15 minutes east of Redmond. It is a friendly and safe family-oriented community where a vibrant small town benefits from the natural beauty, heritage and recreational opportunities of the Snoqualmie Valley.


The city of Duvall, with a population of approximately 5,800 people, is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. The city was named after logger James Duvall, who homesteaded the town in 1871. As a small, diverse city that is rich in history and tradition, Duvall residents provide an exciting cross-section of occupations and cultures.

Duvall is located on SR-203, approximately 25 miles northeast of Seattle, between Monroe and Carnation. The city is a favorite residential community for commuters and for those who prefer to conduct business in a small-town setting.


Located on the southern shores of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah residents take full advantage of the city’s location in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The lush valley offers many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, swimming and sailing.

Salmon Days

Issaquah has become a model destination for combining a rural lifestyle with an urban workplace. When recruiting new businesses, the city’s location is its most attractive feature. Located along I-90, just 16 miles east of Seattle, the business environment attracts industry leaders from around the region and the state.

The city’s main commercial district is found on Gilman Boulevard, where modern items are displayed next to crafts and antiques in Gilman Village. Pickering Place, located near East Lake

Sammamish Center, began as a family farm in 1987 and now features major commercial outlets and a farmer’s market.

Each fall, Issaquah residents celebrate the return of salmon to local rivers during Issaquah Salmon Days. Festivities begin at the salmon hatchery and move to downtown streets that are alive with vendors and entertainers. More than 250,000 people are drawn to the annual celebration.


Kirkland lies on the northeastern shores of Lake Washington. No other city has as many waterfront parks on this lake as Kirkland.

Tree-lined boulevards, a low-rise downtown, lanes of boutique shops and restaurants, intriguing outdoor sculptures, many positioned for public interaction, and people engaging in all kinds of recreation, give Kirkland a feeling of being permanently on vacation.

The locals from this city of more than 47,800 have avidly pursued their cultural, environmental, and recreational interests. Peel away the first impression of “expensive” lakefront condos and discover what locals have always known — that Kirkland is an authentic, accessible and affordable place to visit, walk around and play.

Many older homes in Kirkland are being demolished and replaced by modern structures that take full advantage of the views of Seattle and the Olympic mountains. Condominiums are clustered on the hillsides above Lake Washington Boulevard. Many units are priced at more than $1 million.

The Bridal Trails community is a 482-acre preserve, home to more than 400 horses and their owners on one-acre parcels. Totem Lake is the city’s commercial district with major shopping centers and affordable housing. It also has Evergreen Hospital, a high-tech corridor and numerous car dealerships.

The community of Juanita, in the northwest corner of the city, is a mixture of million-dollar homes and subsidized apartments. Juanita Beach Park attracts visitors from both sides of Lake Washington.

Maple Valley

Maple Valley is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, which are about 45 minutes from Mount Rainier National Park. The area has numerous lakes, streams, forests and parks.

The city is known for its friendly and increasingly diverse residential population, and it has several community groups, a thriving local business community and quality school, fire and police districts. Maple Valley retains a rural and unique small-town atmosphere, but it is less than 30 minutes from Seattle. The Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie Pass ski resorts are within an hour’s drive, and the Puget Sound area is easily accessible via Highway 405.

Maple Valley has experienced a rapid population growth in the past several years.

The current population is over 20,000. There is a wide variety of housing available in Maple Valley, including single family, condominiums and apartments. The median price for an existing home sold in Maple Valley is around $362,000.

Mercer Island

Just over five miles long and two miles wide, Mercer Island lies in the middle of Lake Washington, east of Seattle and west of Bellevue. About 22,000 people currently have their home on the island.

Mercer Island

Because of its island character, Mercer Island has a strong sense of community. Residents refer to themselves as Islanders and take pride in the Island’s friendly, small-town atmosphere.

While most residents work in Seattle or Eastside cities, there is also a growing number of residents who telecommute or operate home businesses. The proximity to Seattle, the low crime rate, the tranquil and woodsy ambiance, and the excellent schools have made Mercer Island one of the most desirable places to live in the region, and it has one of the wealthiest zip codes in the state - 98040.

The last year has brought the most sweeping changes to downtown Mercer Island since the ’60s and ’70s. Revitalization efforts initiated in 1993 to create a desirable and accessible downtown for Mercer Island residents are now bearing fruit. Six redevelopment projects are creating new retail and office spaces with the addition of about 800 apartments, condominiums and senior living units to the Town Center.

While most of the business activity on the Island is in the Town Center, there is also a newly redeveloped shopping center serving the south end of the

Island. In April 2006, construction began on an expanded park-and-ride facility just north of I-90, which will double the number of parking spaces available and make public transportation to Bellevue and Seattle even easier.

Mill Creek

The master-planned community of Mill Creek was incorporated in 1983. Developments along the Bothell-Everett Highway offer retail and light-industrial space for businesses, and for residents, multi-family housing is also being constructed. Homes and condominiums are available in neighborhoods that feature homeowners’ associations, which work with the city to maintain a comfortable quality of life. Mill Creek’s median house value remains above the Washington State average.

Mill Creek offers a well-educated workforce — the percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher is above state average. City residents enjoy parks, nature trails and an 18-hole golf course, which are all located within the heart of the city.


Fondly referred to as the best kept secret on Seattle’s Eastside, Newcastle is tucked along the shores of Lake Washington, between Bellevue, Renton and the Cougar Mountain area of Issaquah. The area was rediscovered in the 1990s and has experienced substantial growth as a suburb residential community. Newcastle’s proximity to Bellevue, Renton and I-90 make it an appealing option for homebuyers.


City residents incorporated in September of 1994 in order to seek political autonomy from King County. Newcastle is a residential community that has only one industrial site in the city limits. The city does, however, have a significant amount of home-based businesses, as well as a retail core that provides neighborhood-type commercial activity. Newcastle’s population is approximately 9,550, and the city’s median home price is $692,000.

North Bend

North Bend is situated at the entrance to the Cascade Mountains and nestled at the foot of Mount Si. Residents and visitors enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling and swimming. North Bend’s 4,700 residents want to preserve the city’s rural character, natural beauty and small-town scale. They have a desire to enhance the existing environment of the downtown, the riverfront, community parks, the new and existing residential neighborhoods and the community’s gateways.


Preston is located in East King County, about 20 miles from Seattle, and it has a population of approximately 4,000. The community originated near a sawmill and has maintained its natural state, despite development to the west in Issaquah and the east in North Bend and Snoqualmie. The entire city is within a 10-minute drive of I-90, making it an attractive alternative for families looking for acreage and easy access to Bellevue and Seattle.


Redmond is the seventh most populous city in King County and the 16th most populous city in the state of Washington, with a residential population of approximately 50,600. It encompasses an area of over 16.85 square miles and is located less than 20 miles east of downtown Seattle at the north end of Lake Sammamish.

The city prides itself for its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods and an emphasis on quality development and protection of the natural environment.

The city is well-known as a center of technology and the location for a number of nationally known high-tech and biomedical companies. Among these are Microsoft, Nintendo, AT&T and Physio-Control. Redmond Town Center, a large downtown retail center, offers numerous shops, restaurants, movie theaters, special events and live performances by a repertory theatre company and other arts-related groups.

As Redmond continues to evolve into a thriving city of increasing diversity, it seeks to promote its sense of community through programs designed to celebrate its heritage, enhance its neighborhoods and preserve its historical and natural treasures.


In a 2004 Renton Citizen Survey, 75 percent of respondents rated the city as an “excellent” or “very good” place to live. Residents enjoy the city’s diversity of cultures, housing options, arts and entertainment, outdoor activities and businesses. A recent annexation will mean a 30 percent growth in population – a city of over 60,000 residents. Renton is centrally located for access to the regions’ transportation network and only minutes away from Seattle and Bellevue.

The Landing, an exciting new $300 million urban village located at the south end of Lake Washington, will contain over 600,000 square feet of retail shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues, plus 880 residential units. The Landing will serve as a gathering place with premier stores, restaurants and living. The first phase of construction was completed in Fall 2007.

Renton boasts nationally recognized public schools and an excellent technical college, and it is within driving distance of higher education institutions. Renton has more than 25 parks and trails to explore. The most popular is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. The 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. The Renton community supports a vibrant array of public and private arts and entertainment, including three performing arts theatres.


In 2007, Money magazine named Sammamish one of the best small towns in the country. Sammamish came in at number 11 on a list of 100 “best places to live.” On a list that focused on small-town America, Sammamish was praised for its natural beauty, great schools and as a “comfortable place to raise children.”

Home to more than 40,000 people, Sammamish is a mixed residential community located on the east shore of Lake Sammamish. The community is comfortably nestled between Redmond to the north and Issaquah to the south. Housing styles range from affordable 1950s stock in the older parts of the city (including the Inglewood neighborhood) to mixed housing near the south end of the Plateau where mid- to upper- price developments dominate the landscape.


Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie is a community of approximately 8,600 residents located about 28 miles east of Seattle – about halfway between Seattle and the Snoqualmie Pass ski resorts. Due to its proximity to Seattle and I-90, the city has experienced significant growth in the past several years. The city is a blend of small-town charm, historiclandmarks, scenic beauty and community growth.

Snoqualmie Falls attracts visitors from around the world with its 270-foot cascade into the lower Snoqualmie River. There are many restaurants, shops and local arts to experience throughout Snoqualmie. Year-round sporting includes hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing, golfing and many other outdoor activities.


Woodinville is set in the lush Sammamish Valley northeast of Bellevue and Seattle. Scenic landscapes, wineries and plant nurseries make Woodinville a premier tourist destination.

Recreational opportunities, open space and a commitment to public safety contribute to Woodinville’s outstanding quality of life for over 10,000 residents. Woodinville is a distinguished Tree City USA (1996 to present) and has incorporated the preservation of its “northwest woodland character” into design and development guidelines.

Woodinville flourishes with retail centers, restaurants and business services. Industrial and manufacturing companies flank Woodinville’s north and south corridors.

Woodinville is primarily a community of single-family dwellings, with about 37 percent multi-family development. Steep, thickly wooded slopes shape the valley where most of Woodinville’s residential development is located.

Commercial, industrial and agricultural activities mostly cluster on the valley floor, but there is some light industry located on slopes and plateaus.

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