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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.