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.
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.
Issaquah’s parks, recreation, trails and open space vision is to continue to provide high quality, safe and accessible recreational facilities; link City property and park areas with greenbelt, greenway or parkway connections; and preserve the community’s natural resources, such as the creeks and forested hillsides. As Issaquah’s community grows, the park, recreation, trails and open space system will also grow, providing appropriate recreational opportunities (both active and passive). Issaquah is a beautiful city, full of well-kept and well-maintained park and natural open space areas that provide a variety of passive and active recreational opportunities for citizens and visitors.
The mission of the City of Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department is: “To strengthen community image and sense of place, support economic development, strengthen safety and security, promote health and wellness, foster human development, increase cultural unity, protect environmental resources, provide recreational experiences and facilitate community problem solving.”
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 Issaquah School District serves nearly 20,000 students in 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and one choice high school spread among 110 square miles in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
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.