Bellevue Real Estate and Community Information

Bellevue Real Estate and Community Information

The desirable city of Bellevue, Washington, is directly across Lake Washington from Seattle and is the latter city's largest suburb. It is considered one of the best cities to live in not only in Washington, but in the entire United States, as well. In 2014, USA Today rated Bellevue as the second best city in which to live in the country.

Founded in 1869, Bellevue became an incorporated city in 1953. The opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940 helped transform Bellevue from a predominately rural area into one that gradually developed into the thriving community it is today. Bellevue real estate is highly-attractive, and the city's per capita income is among the highest in the state.

Bellevue is also considered as one of the best cities in American in which to launch a business, and its city center is the second largest in Washington state behind only Seattle. The city is also known for its scenic vistas; in fact, the name Bellevue is French for "beautiful view."

Shopping & Dining

Bellevue real estate offers a wide variety of shopping options, from luxury stores, to local boutiques and unique shops offering one-of-a-kind items. In downtown Bellevue you can experience The Bellevue Collection that has some 250 stores plus 45 dining and entertainment destinations. One block south of downtown, residents and visitors can enjoy Old Bellevue, which offer a quaint, friendly shopping atmosphere. Just a short drive from downtown is The Market Place at Factoria, which features well-known off-price and discount retailers, while Crossroads Bellevue offers a nice mix of unique shops and big box stores. The Bellevue Farmers Market at 1717 Bellevue Way NE, is a popular weekend shopping destination offering the best of food and goods from area farms.

The list of Bellevue dining options is long and offers something for every taste and preference - from four-star restaurants, to sandwich shops and well-known national chains, to downtown food trucks that offer delicious, quick lunch options. Daniel's Broiler is a high-end 21st floor steakhouse with great views of the city and beyond. 99 Park, which opened in 2014, offers family fare that's made from the area's freshest farm ingredients. The Pacific Northwest is known for its incomparable seafood and Bellevue has no shortage of seafood offerings, including Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.

Parks & Recreation

Bellevue real estate has been called a "city in a park" because of its abundance of parks that are available to residents and visitors. The city has more than 100 parks, including everything from ball fields to beach parks to bike and hiking trails. You can easily escape the bustle of downtown life without leaving the city; native wildlife is easily visible from Mercer Slough Nature Park, which is the largest of Lake Washington's wetlands. The nearby Cascade Mountains provide endless hiking trails that lead to lakes, waterfalls, and more. Bellevue real estate is in the midst of all of these wonderful outdoor opportunities.

Bellevue Parks and Recreation offers a variety of golf opportunities, youth and adult sports leagues, a tennis center, an aquatic center, as well as skate parks. The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to meeting the needs of a growing, diverse community.

Living

Bellevue real estate consists of a mix of single-family homes - with the median home price tag of over $500,000 - as well as a large variety of rental opportunities. The largest percentage (33%) of Bellevue home owners reside in houses in the $400,000 to $749,000 price range.

Schools, Health & Transportation

Bellevue residents are served by the Bellevue School District, which includes Bellevue High School, Interlake High School, Newport High School, and Sammamish High School. Choice Schools are also part of the BSD system and include the Big Picture School and the International School.

Bellevue real estate is also served by Bellevue College, located within the city limits, City University of Seattle, Northwest University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and more.

A variety of medical, dental and eye care services are available to Bellevue residents. The Overlake Medical Center is one of the premier facilities in the Seattle area and provides a vast array of medical services to people living in the Puget Sound Region. The Seattle Children's Hospital at Overlake serves a variety of pediatric and family needs, while Swedish Hospital also offers a wide range of services, including through its Cancer Institute.

Getting around Bellevue is easy thanks to the many public transportation options, including Metro Transit and Sound Transit, while Bellevue residents are served by Seattle's King County International Airport, Seattle Tacoma International Airport and Renton Municipal Airport.

Contact Information

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Craig Nosler
RE/MAX Integrity
371 NE. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah WA 98027
425-765-5588