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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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

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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

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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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Duvall-Carnation

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The city of Duvall is a small community of just over 7,000 people nestled in the Snoqualmie Valley 25 miles northeast of Seattle and just east of Redmond. It is one of the fastest growing communities in the state due to its natural beauty, rural feel and close proximity to Microsoft—of which Duvall is on the company’s shuttle route. Duvall has a strong community feel that is celebrated through its many festivals and events. Take a quick Duvall Video Tour and discover both its history and its hidden gems. The Duvall Walking Map will guide you through the town or take a peek at the Parks Map to plan your next outing. Check out Duvall News to find out the latest happenings. Will it be a bike ride along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail or an evening play at the Cascade Community Theatre? Don’t forget to check out the Duvall Farmer’s Market or one of the many great restaurants for a healthy snack along the way. Duvall has something special in store for you. Riverview School District aptly serves the needs of Duvall’s younger residents.

Carnation is a rural western Washington community of a little over one square mile in size.  Carnation features an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor experiences and recreational opportunities of the Snoqualmie Valley.  Framed by the Cascade foothills and located where the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers meet, Carnation is in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Northwest. There are almost 1600 acres of market crops grown in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District. Carnation area farms provide family activities and agricultural experiences. Local restaurants offer a little something for everyone. City-owned parks and open spaces comprise a total of 38 acres. In addition to the city-owned parks, the community is fortunate to have more than 500 additional acres of parks, open space, and recreational facilities available in public ownership by King County, the school district, and the State of Washington.


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Issaquah

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Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades, Issaquah is a community of 36,000 residents conveniently located off the I-90 corridor east of Seattle. Award-winning neighborhoods, one of Washington State’s top school districts, thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene make it such an attractive city to live in. The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. Its nationally recognized salmon hatchery is a site to see. In fact, every October, more than 150,000 people travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.

Centered within the “Issaquah Alps” (Cougar, Squak and Tiger Mountains), the lure of the clean mountain air and beautiful scenery attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and even paragliders. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Snoqualmie Ridge just east of Issaquah.

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Kirkland

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Kirkland, a community of over 84,000 people, is fortunate to have a vibrant downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington.  Its proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside.  Kirkland has so much to offer residents and visitors:  the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. The charm of Kirkland, combined with readily available urban amenities, makes Kirkland an excellent city to reside in. Kirkland was named one of the Best Overall Neighborhoods by Seattle Magazine. Check out our Kirkland video.

Kirkland’s economy features a robust mix of corporate headquarters, light industrial, small business and tech which support 37,000 jobs. It’s innovative atmosphere, along with several commercial districts in Downtown, Carillon Point, the new Kirkland Urban, and the Village at Totem Lake have enticed internationally recognized companies like Google and Inrix to the city. The luxurious Heathman Hotel in the downtown core and The Woodmark Hotel at the water’s edge on Carillon Point are scrumptious places to unwind.

Thirteen distinct residential neighborhood areas, each with its own unique character, make up the City of Kirkland. Each neighborhood possesses a healthy, active neighborhood association. Kirkland enjoys numerous city parks, open markets and community events. The tree canopy throughout the City of Kirkland encompasses over 21,000 trees lining the city’s streets.  Kirkland’s neighborhoods include Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, Lakeview, Market, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Rose Hill, and Totem Lake. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Kirkland community.


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The Lakeview neighborhood, located in the southwest section of Kirkland, is nestled next to Lake Washington, offering some of the most magical lake views on the Eastside. Residents will enjoy spending time outdoors. They can put their kayaks into the lake at Houghton Beach Park, fish at Marsh, jog or walk on the local trails and sidewalks that connect parks, or shoot hoops at Terrace Park. The walk to Downtown Kirkland is a beautiful stroll from Carillion Point toward the Marina. The Lakeview Neighborhood Association is an active group with a Meetup webpage, email communication and bi monthly meetings to engage neighbors and provide information.

Numerous city parks, open markets and community events add to the quality of life residents have grown to enjoy. The ambiance of a small waterfront town, combined with readily available urban amenities such as alfresco restaurants, makes Kirkland an excellent city to reside in! The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. The Lakeview neighborhood is home to Carillon Point and the luxurious Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa.

Kirkland’s neighborhoods include Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, LakeviewMarket, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Rose Hill, and Totem Lake. These 13 distinct residential neighborhoods possess active neighborhood associations, each with its own unique character that adds to the small town feel of Kirkland.


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Kirkland-West of Market

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Kirkland’s historic Market neighborhood is a friendly, walkable community nestled along the shoreline of Lake Washington and adjacent to downtown Kirkland. Its residents enjoy their proximity to the lake and the magnificent views beyond. Waverly Way offers both pedestrian and bicycle routes along the tree-lined street. West of Market offers a prestigious address and yet is so close to the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. The neighborhood’s five parks are within walking distance offering a variety of multi-use recreation opportunities for residents. From the open rolling grasses of Heritage Park to the waterfront beaches at Kiwanis and Waverly Beach Park, the hidden gem of a park at Lake Ave West  or the wetland preserve at Juanita Bay Park there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The area surrounding the intersection of Market Street and 7th Avenue is a reminder of Kirkland’s past with its historic buildings from the 1890s as well as street lights and other improvements that reflect its historic character. This area was to be the original downtown of Kirkland and is still a focal point for the City’s history. Well landscaped buffers and architectural treatments provide a smooth transition between Market Street and the homes in the neighborhood. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools.

The West of Market neighborhood is part of the City of Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 people fortunate to have a charming downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington. Kirkland’s proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the rest of the Eastside. It has so much to offer residents and visitors:  the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. Over 21,000 trees lining the streets, and are abundant in Kirkland’s parks and private landscapes.


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Hunts Point and Yarrow Point

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Hunts Point and  Yarrow Point are located on a small peninsulas surrounded by Lake Washington just north of the 520 floating bridge and just east of Evergreen Point, Medina. The points offer some of the most exclusive and valuable real estate in the region, along with Clyde Hill and Medina to the South. The major cities of Kirkland (to the North) and Bellevue (to the east) offer significant employment meccas in the region. With a population of only 500 people, Hunts Point is one of the smallest municipalities in Western Washington. Yarrow Point with about 400 homes on 231 acres has an estimated population of 1,000 residents. Evergreen Point is part of Medina, which has fewer than 3,000 residents in its city.

Well protected, and yet in immediate proximity to Seattle and the Eastside, make this region a highly desirable place to live. Residents enjoy unsurpassed access to Lake Washington and the activities and vistas that waterfront living offer. Local residents of Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point enjoy first rate shopping and top-notch restaurants in the nearby city of Bellevue‘s downtown core.


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Medina and Clyde Hill

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The city of Medina, located on the shores of Lake Washington, is a a residential community of 3,000 people, made famous by high-profile residents Bill and Melinda Gates of Microsoft fame and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. It offers security and sanctuary, along with lakeside Pacific Northwest beauty. Clyde Hill is known for its park-like grounds, spectacular views and serene setting located just east of Medina and south of Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. About 3,000 people call Clyde Hill home. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about Clyde Hill and Medina.

Because of its size, Medina and Clyde Hill are part of the Bellevue School District and Clyde Hill Elementary and Medina ElementaryChinook Middle School and Bellevue High School are very desirable local public schools. Medina and Clyde Hill are home to four private schools:  Bellevue Christian School‘s Three Points Campus (preschool-6th grade) and Clyde Hill Campus (grades 7-12), Sacred Heart School, and St. Thomas School (both preschool-8th grade).  Local residents of Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point enjoy first rate shopping and top-notch restaurants in the nearby city of Bellevue‘s downtown core.The prestigious Overlake Golf & Country Club is nestled along the eastern boarder of Medina. Its Arthur Vernon Macan-designed, 18-hole golf course has hosted many regional amateur and professional championships.


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Mercer Island

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Centrally located between Seattle and Bellevue is the beautiful city of Mercer Island. Home to 22,000+ residents, Mercer Island is the most populated lake-bound island in the United States. While it is an island, it is directly connected to Seattle and Bellevue city centers via Interstate 90. Mercer Island’s location in Lake Washington tops the list of attractive attributes regarding the “Rock” and makes Mercer Island a premier Puget Sound community. The north end Town Center offers a dynamic urban village vibe with shops, restaurants, coffee cafes, and professional service providers amidst and upscale condo and apartment residences. The many Mercer Island neighborhoods are each different and unique, with an eclectic mix of new and mid-century homes in a park-like setting. Locals have access 30 parks and open spaces with more than 475 acres of lush greenery, 50+ miles of marked hiking trails, and numerous landings around the island offering water access and picnicking areas.

Several treasured annual events are enjoyed by Mercer Island residents are the Mercer Island Half MarathonSummer Celebration, Mostly Music In The Park summer concert series, Seafair Hydroplane Races and Blue Angels Airshow, and Mercer Island Farmers Market (June-October). The Mercer Island Pulse blog offers timely information on local community events and happenings. Active local organizations with volunteer opportunities include Mercer Island Women’s Club, the National Charity League, Mercer Island Youth and Family ServicesMercer Island Historical Society, Mercer Island Preschool Association, Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL), Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA), and the Mercer Island Craft Guild. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Mercer Island.


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Mercer Island Neighborhoods

Mercer Island Neighborhoods

Mercer Island has a diverse group of neighborhoods spanning many generations of home building. Lush and green, the Island offers and abundance of parks and recreation opportunities on and off the water. Just a hop, skip and jump from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mercer Island has a true small town community feel where neighbors connect with neighbors. Here’s a sampling of some of the Island’s many neighborhoods (click to see photos and info):

NORTHEND

Downtown   Home to most of the island’s condo and apartment dwellers, Downtown is known for its walkability. The island’s central business district is located in Downtown along with many restaurants, coffee shops and business catering to passersby. The Downtown core is well served by transit to Seattle and Bellevue and is the future site of a light rail station anticipated in 2023.

East Seattle   Mercer Island’s East Seattle was considered the first real neighborhood on the island and is steeped in rich history.  The homes in this neighborhood range from charming bungalows to luxurious waterfront properties. There are numerous public water access points, viewpoints and landings—providing excellent waterfront access for recreation like wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming/wading, kayaking and canoeing and watching Seafair activities.

First Hill   The First Hill neighborhood is located south of I-90, separating East Seattle from the north end of the island. This popular walking and biking neighborhood offers some of the most scenic views on Mercer Island. Throughout First Hill, there are stairs and trails which lead to the beach and the downtown business district. The homes which dot First Hill offer stylistic variety, with most of the homes originally built between the 1940s and the 1960s.

Mercerdale   One of the greatest walking neighborhoods on Mercer Island is Mercerdale.  The neighborhood features modest 1950/1960 suburban-style homes and is located west of Island Crest Way. It is fortunate to be home to three well-loved island parks: Mercerdale ParkHillside Park and Homestead Field. Mercerdale Park is where many of Mercer Island’s large annual events are held, including Mostly Music in the Park, Summer Celebration, the Mercer Island Farmers’ Market and Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireside Munch.

North Mercer   North Mercer is a waterfront neighborhood people like to call home for a long time. The street end beach access is attractive to people who love the water. This neighborhood is located north of I-90 and is one of the neighborhoods containing the Lid Park built on top of the freeway. Bicyclists can access the I-90 bike trail from North Mercer. Luther Burbank Park is located in this neighborhood, as well as the popular Community at Mercer View.

Shorewood   The Shorewood neighborhood is home to the Shorewood Heights Apartments, the largest apartment complex on Mercer Island. Legend has it that most of the island residents have lived at the Shorewood complex at least once! The South Luther Burbank trails are accessed through Shorewood, which is located just off of I-90.

 

WESTSIDE

Brook Bay   A highly coveted waterfront neighborhood on the west side of the Island. Comprised mostly of very large and nicely updated homes with waterfront or water views, this neighborhood has long been a draw for potential homeowners. The westernmost homes front along the water’s edge and benefit from spectacular sunsets gleaming across the water.

Forest Ave   Forest Avenue features some of the best Western Views on Mercer Island, along with some the most luxurious high-end homes and expansive private waterfront accesses. Miller Landing, one of several developed “street ends” on Mercer Island, provides excellent waterfront access for recreation like wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming/wading, kayaking and canoeing.

Gold Coast   As the name suggests, the north end Gold Coast neighborhood is lovely. It consists exclusively of waterfront properties. The iconic island watering hole, The Roanoke Inn, is located in this neighborhood. Faben Point and Roanoke are two of the more prominent landmarks along the Gold Coast. Residents benefit from the gorgeous Lid Park, which spans over the I-90 tunnel across northwest Mercer Island with easy to access the I-90 bike trail.

 

EASTSIDE

East Mercer   Home to one of the most unique settings on Mercer Island, East Mercer features a rain forest setting, with deep ravines and steep hill sides. The homes here range from smaller cabins to luxury waterfront houses. Mercer Island Shore Club and Mercer Island Beach Club (MIBC) is located here. Their private member facilities include pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, beaches, volleyball, pickle ball and basketball courts, boat launch ramps and picnic areas.

Ellis Pond   A peaceful secluded pond is the namesake of this beautiful mid-island neighborhood.

Mercerwood   Home to some spectacular Eastern views, Mercerwood was the first post WW2 tract development built on the island. The prevalent home style in this neighborhood dates from the 1950s and early 1960s. Mercer Island High School, City Hall, Police Department, Library, Stroum Jewish Community Center and the Mercerwood Shore Club is located along the eastern shoreline.

Parkwood & Mercer Firs   Parkwood is aptly named, with its close proximity to Pioneer Park, Deane’s Children Park (also known as Dragon Park), Island Crest Park and 53rd Place Open Space. Both Parkwood and Mercer Firs are planned communities featuring decent territorial views, thanks to the greenbelts that border three sides of the neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are near Island Park Elementary.

 

SOUTHEND

Fruitland Acres & El Dorado Beach Club   One of Mercer Island’s best kept-secrets, the Fruitland and El Dorado neighborhoods are a sweet little slice of Island living.  Covenant Shores, a local retirement community billed as a “haven for nature lovers”, is also located in this area.

Groveland   The Groveland neighborhood started out as a summer bible camp, and while some of its historical cabins still are standing, most were torn down to build larger homes. The home styles in this neighborhood are eclectic, ranging from charming summer cabins built in the 1950s to newer waterfront mansions. Groveland Beach Park is located in this neighborhood.

Mercer Island Estates   The Mercer Island Estates neighborhood is close to two island schools – Lakeridge Elementary and Islander Middle School. This planned community, dating back to the 1960s, features many split level homes popular when the community was created. Pioneer Park borders the northern side of the neighborhood. Mercer Island Estates is adjacent to the South End QFC Village Shopping Center, where the immensely popular south end Starbucks is located. The Mercer Island Country Club is located here.

Scalzo and Mercer Terrace   This mid-Island neighborhood is light and sunny; the homes here are often split levels and daylight ramblers built in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Pioneer Park’s Northwest Quadrant is just northeast of the neighborhood.   The Southend Shopping Center, the Fire Station and Islander Middle School are close as well.

Southend   The South end of the Island enjoys sunny exposure and a tranquil setting. Its many diverse neighborhoods connect this community together. Pioneer Park is a beautiful place to enjoy a stroll through nature’s immense beauty.

Tarywood   Tarywood Estates is the most well-known part of the Tarywood neighborhood.  The homes in Tarywood Estates are typically the Buchan or Hammond architectural style, which have a NW Contemporary feel. Clark Beach Park is a popular place to swim and play with lawn, docks, picnic and bbq areas.

The Lakes   A very popular south end neighborhood, The Lakes is a Buchan planned community built in the 1980’s with man-made lakes central to the neighborhood. Close to The Lakes are the South Mercer Playfields, Lakeridge Elementary School and Islander Middle School. The neighborhood is in close proximity to the Mercer Island Beach Club.  Social activities are prevalent in this area.  Halloween trick-or-treating is a huge annual activity that draws children from all over the island.

Redmond

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Known for its abundant natural beauty, Redmond is a located east of Seattle on the SR 520 corridor and surrounded by lush evergreens and views of the Cascade Mountains.  With 34 parks and 25+ miles of trails, and just a short ride away from the pass and great skiing, Redmond is a terrific place for outdoor enthusiasts to call home. Often Redmond is perceived as synonymous with the world-renowned company Microsoft headquartered there.  The Redmond campus sits on 300+ acres with 14,000+ offices throughout its vast expanse of buildings. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Redmond.

The busy Redmond Town Center in the heart of the downtown neighborhood, is an outdoor mall which houses a variety of stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and businesses. Overlake Village, a transit-oriented development, is one of Redmond’s newest happenings. Redmond’s Lake Washington School District is among the very best in the region. Marymoor Regional Park, managed by King County, is a 640 acre park with an abundance of play fields, mainly soccer fields, ball fields, and lighted tennis courts nestled in the valley to the north of Lake Sammamish. Marymoor is also a popular outdoor concert venue which hosts an annual summer concert series. It has a Velodrome bicycle track for organized racing and dog enthusiasts, and their canine companions, have a blast at the off-leash exercise area. Hikers enjoy the connecting paths which lead to the Sammamish River Trail and the Bridle Crest Trail.


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Renton

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Just south of Bellevue, Renton, with its strong sense of community, offers affordable residential neighborhoods, innovative design, well-placed transit access points, and abundant parks. It’s newer developments, such as The Landing, along with traditional standbys, provide savvy restaurant, entertainment, and shopping options. Renton School District is thriving with many newly built and remodeled schools. The Renton community supports a vibrant array of public and private arts and entertainment, including three performing arts theatres. The Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center is a compelling venue to catch a performance by well-known regional groups and international artists. It is home to an accomplished technical college, within driving distance of several regional universities and community colleges, and home to the Valley Medical Center.

With 29+ parks and trails to explore, spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier, and the Cedar River in the heart of downtown, Renton is an abundant source of natural beauty. A community favorite gathering place is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. This 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers team sports and individual activities. In addition, within the city there is an 18-hole golf course, a skate park, community center, a neighborhood center, senior center, two libraries, and a history museum.


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Sammamish

Sammamish
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One of the newest and fastest growing communities on the Eastside, the City of Sammamish enjoys a tranquil setting surrounded by natural beauty. Home to 40,000 people, the residential community is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, with Redmond to the north and Issaquah to the south. Sammamish boasts many of the finest residential areas in the Puget Sound region set in an environment of green spaces, including wetlands and community parks. The area has excellent school systems (Issaquah and Lake Washington School Districts) and offers an abundance of organized youth activities. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Lake Sammamish.

A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues dot the nature landscape of the city.

Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in Washington, and one of the major recreational lakes—with high use by fishermen, boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and picnickers. The freshwater lake is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 105 feet and a surface area of 8 square miles. It lies east of Bellevue and west of the Sammamish Plateau, and stretches from Issaquah in the south to Redmond in the north. There are popular State and County parks along the shore including Marymoor Park at the lake’s north end, Lake Sammamish State Park at its south end and East Lake Sammamish Trail. Lake Sammamish State Park boasts 6,858 feet of waterfront along its 512 acres. The parks day-use facilities including an active boat launch, picnic tables and shelters, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, and softball and soccer fields.


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Woodinville

Woodinville
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Woodinville residents come by their love of everything green naturally and are passionate about the city’s beautiful woodland landscape. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Woodinville is ideal for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. No matter what your passion is, you won’t have to go far to enjoy hot air ballooning, equestrian trails, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and wildlife watching adventures. Locally known for its Wine Country region, now expanded to include small boutique wineries, distilleries, and breweries scattered throughout the valley in addition to the original Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery—who’s amphitheater offers the much-loved summer concert seriesWine tours, chef-inspired paired wine dinners, fundraisers, and outdoor concerts are among the many Wine Country events hosted annually. Its also home to Molbaks Nursery, the largest and most comprehensive nursery in the Greater Puget Sound Region, draws garden enthusiasts throughout the state of Washington.

Woodinville is a charming mix of residential neighborhoods, light industrial areas, a revitalized town center and a popular tourist district.  Located east of Seattle and north of Kirkland, the Woodinville community enjoys the convenience of being near several major metropolitan centers while maintaining the livability of all that is great about small town life. An active calendar of small-town festivals, celebrations, and events occur throughout the year in Woodinville. Residents enjoy the Summer Concert Series at DeYoung Park and Cottage Lake Park. The Harvest Happening and The Great Pumpkin Hunt is a seasonal festival in late October. The Woodinville Lights Festival is a month-long celebration in December.  In the spring, the family-friendly annual Basset Bash parade and All Fools’ Day celebration is enjoyed by young and old. Both the Northshore School District and Lake Washington School District serve the residents of Woodinville in award-winning style.


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Ballard

Ballard
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Ballard is one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. Its close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont and reasonable access to the Eastside via 520 makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home. Located in the northwestern part of the city, Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and looks out upon Fisherman’s Terminal, the home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard Locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound-a 26-foot grade change. Pass a sunny day watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage for 1,500 recreational boats, a waterfront promenade, and fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens Park, a popular beachfront park.

Ballard enjoys a healthy microbrew industry and is home to many local tasting rooms, restaurants and new multi-use buildings that include both residential and retail. Sidewalks are bustling with people walking their pets, window shopping, and meeting up for a meal. Historic Ballard Avenue is lined with restaurants and boutiques, and is home to the year-round Ballard Farmers Market. Ballard’s Market Street is the neighborhood’s modern business district with its own trendy shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and urban green spaces. NW of Old Ballard, local landmarks include the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Shilshole Bay Marina. To the South, the Ballard Bridge and the Salmon Bay Bridge provide access over Salmon Bay, west of the Ballard Locks. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Old Ballard.


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Beacon Hill-Seward Park

Beacon Hill-Seward Park
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Beacon Hill in South Seattle, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. To the east, Seward Park, named for the park located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington, offers coveted waterfront views and access. Between them, Columbia City is an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.

One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park.  Its golf club is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views and many enjoy its lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis spaces. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. The Beacon Food Forest is sited on a 7 acre plot off the southwest corner of the park. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Columbia City and Mount Baker neighborhoods.


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Belltown

Belltown
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Almost entirely condominium and apartment residences, the bustling downtown Seattle neighborhood called Belltown is one of the most densely populated and walkable regions in Washington. Trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique stores, nightclubs, and high-rise residential towers dot the landscape of the Belltown area. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Denny Way, beyond which lies Seattle Center and the Queen Anne neighborhood. Pike Place Market and the rest of Downtown are situated to the south. The Belltown Cottage Park and P-Patch are host to the last remaining wood framed single-family cottages in downtown Seattle (circa 1916).

Belltown is home to the Art Institute of SeattleAntioch UniversityArgosy University, the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and RealNetworks. It lies directly west of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, where online retailer Amazon houses its downtown headquarters, and where the Cornish College of the Arts is located. The Olympic Sculpture Park, a public sculpture garden adjacent to Myrtle Edwards Park is located on the northern edge of the Belltown waterfront. The park features contemporary pieces, various ecosystems with plants indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, and a restored beach and seawall. The park’s construction was funded entirely with private donations and is operated by the Seattle Art Museum.


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Broadmoor

Broadmoor
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Broadmoor Golf Club is a private neighborhood and golf club in Seattle (founded in 1924) and located in a secure, gated setting, just south of the University of Washington and west of Lake Washington. The 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum rests adjacent to Broadmoor. The Broadmoor neighborhood is an iconic Seattle community with stately homes and pristine landscaped yards. Its homeowner’s association is strictly regulated by a very active board and owners. Broadmoor is part of the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, located south of the 520 bridge (map). Madison Park could be considered an urban retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area. The Broadmoor neighborhood is served by the Seattle School District and a number of private academies. The neighboring communities of Montlake, Capitol Hill and Madrona-Leschi provide a variety of upscale and savory restaurant choices. Golf history at Broadmoor includes hosting the Seattle Open, the Western Amateur, and LPGA Tour.


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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill
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Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Capitol Hill is a unique counter-culture area and music and art are prominent cornerstones of the community—with clubs, restaurants, the Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), bookstores and galleries found throughout the neighborhood. During the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning—Seattle Central Community College, the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts, and nearby Seattle University. The popular Capitol Hill station of the Seattle Light Rail system offers convenient access to downtown Seattle and connected neighborhoods beyond. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about Capitol Hill, First Hill and Seattle’s Central District.

There has been a trend of tearing down old homes to make way for condos. This has been quite unfortunate due to Capitol Hill’s architecturally significant buildings and homes. You’ll find mansions with Victorian or Craftsman accents, Fredrick Anhalt designed apartments with Tudor influences and central courtyards, and the Seattle Box style homes of a bygone era. Millionaire’s Rowalong 14th Ave E near the South entrance of Volunteer Parkfeatures prominent early Seattle homes, many with lovely vistas.  The well-preserved Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is located on the west slope of Capitol Hill with its early 1900-built homes that once housed Seattle’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen.


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