Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington State, with a population of 135,000 residents. Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland make up the core of the Eastside’s high-tech and retail hub. More than 140,000 jobs are located in Bellevue, which means that more people work within the city than reside in it. Bellevue’s downtown core provides office space for thousands of professionals as well as condominiums and apartments for people who want to live in an urban setting.
Issaquah was named in 2011 as one of the “Best Towns” in the U.S. by Outside Magazine is a community of 30,000+ residents and is 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 Issaquah an attractive city to live in. The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors. Every October, more than 150,000 people also travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 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. In fact, 87% of residents polled rated Kirkland a good or excellent place to live. Kirkland was also named one of the Best Overall Neighborhoods by Seattle Magazine. Check out our Kirkland video.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Medina, located on the shores of Lake Washington, is a a residential community of 2,970 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 series. Wine 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.
Lake Washington 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.
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. Marymoor Park’s 640 acres include biking and walking trails, sports fields, rock climbing, a dog park, a radio control aircraft flying field, and a velodrome. 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.
The Seattle-Eastside region is blessed with an abundance of amazing private schools. Here are several third-party websites to help evaluate each school’s strengths, limitations, academic profiles, reviews, and rankings.
A weekly report of real estate market activity for Seattle, Mercer Island and the Eastside neighborhoods and micro-markets. Plus, see monthly, quarterly and annual overviews and analysis for the entire region at a glance and all in one place at themarkettalks.com.
The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.
Quick Eastside map links including Eastside Google Map, Bellevue Neighborhoods Map and maps of each Eastside city and community.