Bellevue

Bellevue
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Bellevue has grown immensely in the last couple of years-spurred at least in part by light rail service that will reliably connect the two cities by mere minutes slated to launch in 2023. Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington State with a population just shy of 141,000 residents. Together with Redmond and Kirkland, it is at the core of the Eastside’s tech hub. More than 150,000 jobs are now located here and by 2035, the number of jobs in Bellevue is projected to reach 192,800. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Downtown Bellevue.

While downtown is bustling with business, shopping and top-notch restaurants, Bellevue’s neighborhoods have maintained much of their original character. The city’s many parks and recreational facilities highlight the beauty of all things Pacific Northwest. Bellevue covers 31+ square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. Popular Bellevue neighborhoods profiled on this site include Lakemont, Newport Shores, Somerset, West Bellevue, and Woodridge. The City of Bellevue is served in part by three school districts: Bellevue School DistrictIssaquah School District; and Renton School District.


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Lakemont

Lakemont
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Lakemont is a planned community located primarily within the City of Bellevue with easternmost areas in the City of Issaquah. The Lakemont Community Association governs the neighborhoods, parks & trails within this community and Lakemont’s homes benefit from community-owned greenbelts and a pedestrian trail system connects residents to neighborhood parks, the regional Cougar Mountain Park and neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont. The neighborhood is served by the Issaquah School District.

Located just off Interstate 90 along the north face of Cougar Mountain, Lakemont enjoys easy access to both Bellevue and Seattle. The higher elevation of the Lakemont region takes in the incredible views over Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Mountains to the east and downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington and Seattle to the west. This scenic region is adjacent to natural, untamed stretches of countryside. While cougars are rare, it isn’t unusual for residents to spot raccoons, opossums, deer – or even an occasional bear – taking an early morning stroll through the neighborhood. Local parks include Cougar Mountain Regional Park, Lewis Creek Park, Lakemont Park, Lakemont Highlands Park, Lattawood Park, Collingwood Park, and Forest Ridge Park


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Newport Shores

Newport Shores
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Newport Shores is located along the southeast shores of Lake Washington, west of I-405, in the city of Bellevue.  The neighborhood is built around a series of man-made inlets, with homes oriented toward waterfront, boating and lake activities situated on approximately 172 acres with nearly 400 homes — over 100 which are lakefront, or man-made canal waterfront. The wide winding streets Newport Shores are perfect for biking, rollerblading and walking. The Lake Washington bike trail is easily accessible to the neighborhood, giving residents convenient bike access to Newcastle Beach Park and Mercer Slough Park.

Neighborhood amenities include the Newport Shores Yacht Club and Marina.  Since 2005, any purchaser of a Newport Shores home is required to become an active member of the Newport Yacht Club, and maintain their active status while owning the home. The clubhouse offers a variety of activities, competitive teams, and social events for members of all ages. Facilities include outdoor tennis courts, a heated outdoor 25-yard, 5-lane swimming pool, sand volleyball court, children’s play area and basketball area. The Newport Shores Yacht Club marina contains 119 slips, ranging in length from 26 to 60 feet. All docks in the marina have 30-amp power, water and gated access. Nearby, the Newport Hills and Lake Heights neighborhoods reside just east of Interstate 405, between Coal Creek and Lake Washington. Both neighborhoods enjoy a strong sense of community with long-standing, active neighborhood associations. The Newport Hills Community Park is a popular local park.


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Somerset

Somerset
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The Bellevue neighborhood of Somerset, with its iconic perch overlooking not only Bellevue surrounds, Lake Washington and Seattle—but also Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains in the distance on a clear day—is a favorite vantage point to take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle. Somerset’s more than 1,200 homes were predominantly constructed in the 1960’s and 70’s. Due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment, and recreation. It also benefits from having nationally recognized schools from the triangulated Bellevue, Issaquah and Renton School Districts.

Local parks include Eastgate Park, Forest Hill Neighborhood Park, Meadow Wood Park and Westwood Highlands Park. The private Somerset Recreation Club provides recreational and competitive swim and tennis programs within walking distance. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Somerset neighborhood.


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West Bellevue

West Bellevue
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West Bellevue is at the heart of the city’s center. The name “Bellevue” is French for “beautiful view”. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live in the nation by USA Today. The addition of many new high-rise condominium and apartments over the past decade has changed the scene in downtown Bellevue making it a very hip, walkable, and vibrant part of the Eastside. Many highly-desirable, longstanding and well-maintained single-family neighborhoods snuggle in to the north and south of downtown. The Mercer Slough Park and Bellevue Downtown Park are public open space landmarks of West Bellevue. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Beaux Arts Village in West Bellevue.

Known for its luxury retail, Bellevue is a premier shopping destination. The Bellevue Collection encompass three properties: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place, connected by two sky bridges and including over 250 stores, 45-plus dining venues, a theatreart museum, and lovely public spaces to gather.  The Shops At Bravern offers an ultra-luxury outdoor shopping experience with cozy fireplaces to gather with friends. Main Street, often called Old Bellevue, is a thriving retail area with unique shops and restaurants and newer, mixed-use buildings. Foodies are naturally drawn to Bellevue’s dining scene due to its renowned dining options.


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Woodridge

Woodridge
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The Woodridge neighborhood, located in the City of Bellevue, is just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405. Characterized by quiet no-through streets and comfortable homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle, this community is truly just off the beaten path. Woodridge Elementary School, a part of Bellevue School District, is just at the top of the hill. Local parks include Bannerwood Ballfield Park, Kelsey Creek Park, Norwood Village Park, and  Woodridge Water Tower Park.

While downtown is bustling with retail, restaurants and business, the city of Bellevue also retains a small-town ambiance. Thriving neighborhoods with healthy green belts, a vast network of green spaces, along with many recreational facilities available within the city, highlights the beautiful attributes of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, every year since 1992, The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Bellevue a “Tree City.” Bellevue covers 31+ square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. The city is also short drive from the Cascade Mountains.


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Bellevue Parks and Open Spaces

Bellevue Parks and Open Spaces

Bellevue could be referred to as a city within a park due to its abundant green spaces and the availability of outdoor recreation for residents to enjoy. Bellevue is home to 100+ parks, including ball fields, beach parks, and forested areas with plenty of hiking trails, and manicured meadows where you can toss a Frisbee. Below is a sample of Bellevue’s parks:

Bellevue Botanical Garden  12001 Main Street  –  The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a fun place to visit year round. It contains cultivated gardens, natural wetlands and a woodland trail that are both beautiful and educational for visitors to view.

Bellevue Downtown Park  10201 NE 4th  –  20-acres of beautiful green in the heart of downtown Bellevue is the delightful centerpiece of the Bellevue Parks System. The park includes a 1 1/2 mile promenade bordered shade trees and a stepped canal features a 240-foot wide waterfall cascading into a reflecting pond. Ten acres of lawn is perfect for picnicking, plus a play area and formal gardens offer enjoyment for all ages.

Chism Beach Park  1175 96th Ave SE  –  18 acre park features swimming, with lifeguards on duty late June through Labor Day. The park includes two picnic sites suitable for larger group events, a dock, and picnic & play areas, restrooms and is handicapped accessible.

Chesterfield Beach Park  2501-100th Avenue SE  –  This park is perfect for fishing on the dock. It includes play and picnic areas, restrooms, and swimming, with lifeguards on duty late June through Labor Day.

Enatai Beach Park  3519-108th Avenue SE  –  A lovely little park along the I-90 corridor that connects to the Lake Washington trail. Seasonally offering kayak and paddle boat rentals.

Kelsey Creek Farm & Park  410 130th Place SE  –  This park offers hiking and jogging trails, picnic areas, a playground, open grassy areas, creeks, wetlands and forests.

Killarney Glen Park 1933 – 104th Ave SE  –  Surrounded by large trees, this park is truly a secluded haven in the shadows of downtown

Mercer Slough Nature Park and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center  1625 118th Ave. SE  –  Visitors can a walk or kayak trip through the 320-acre Mercer Slough Nature Park to view local wildlife and go bird watching. The canal winding through this nature park offers views of great blue herons, bald eagles, jays, beavers, otters, wild iris, water lilies and blackberries. This amazing wetland area is located in the heart of urban Bellevue, and its companion Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center features a visitor center with activities and a tree house to view the area and downtown Bellevue’s skyline. Visitors of the Educational Center may enjoy nature walks, guided canoe tours and art in nature classes.

Meydenbauer Beach Park  419 98th Ave NE  –  This 3.44 acre park offers beach park offers swimming, a fishing dock, picnic areas, restrooms and is handicapped accessible.

Newcastle Beach Park  4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE  –  The biggest beach park in Bellevue’s park system. It features swimming, with lifeguards on duty late-June through Labor Day, a nature trail, 300-foot dock, children’s play area and picnic facilities with a BBQ.

 

Lake Washington

Lake Washington

Lake Washington (map) is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.

The Burke-Gilman Trail, Matthews Beach Park, Warren G. Magnuson Park, University of Washington Husky Stadium, the Washington Arboretum, and Seward Park are just a few of the Seattle-side attractions along Lake Washington. A few of the public features along the east side of the lake includes Kenmore air harbor, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland Marina, Carillon Point, Enetai Park, the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Centered in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside is Mercer Island.

The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County (see map).

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Bellevue School District

Bellevue School District

The Bellevue School District serves about 19,000 students in 28 schools and serves students living in Bellevue and the smaller surrounding communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Beaux Arts, and portions of Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and unincorporated King County.

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