Bellevue Real Estate
Situated on 31 miles of rolling hills between Lake Washington on the west and Lake Sammamish on the east. Bellevue is located in the center of the Puget Sound region, and it is ideally situated eight miles east of metropolitan Seattle. The city offers breathtaking views of romantic sunsets on the water and snow-capped mountains to the east and west. The second largest city in King County and the fifth largest in the state, Bellevue has over 119,000 residents and about 137,000 jobs.
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Many cities claim to be great places to live and work, but Bellevue lives up to those claims. It has a diverse community of civic-minded people, living and working together to maintain the vitality of their community and the integrity of its environment. In fact, Washington CEO magazine has named Bellevue City of the Year.
Bellevue businesses and residents benefit from a progressive, forward-thinking community that features excellent amenities including an award-winning education system, a growing arts community and a lively downtown.
Bellevue residents are highly satisfied with city priorities, services and amenities. A recent survey shows that 93 percent of residents rate Bellevue as an excellent or good place to live.
The city’s abundant amenities, excellent parks, well-regarded schools, convenient location and safe, high-quality neighborhoods are the traits residents most frequently cite as reasons for rating life in Bellevue so highly.
Educational attainment continues to be a primary factor influencing the quality of life in Bellevue. The percentage of Bellevue residents with higher education degrees is consistently higher than those of similarly sized communities nationwide, including neighboring Seattle.
Bellevue neighborhoods are a diverse mix of upscale urban downtown living and quiet residential neighborhoods.
Community involvement and interaction are paramount within all Bellevue neighborhoods. An abundance of youth, along with cultural and family-oriented activities, are the cornerstone of Bellevue’s rewarding lifestyle.
Urban Living at Its Finest
The number of residents setting up households in downtown Bellevue has grown exponentially in the past 10 years.
The city’s downtown is in the middle of a transformation, as developers continue to follow the successful formula of building high-rise condominiums coupled with street-level retail space. The concept brings the Downtown to life after work, allowing residents to enjoy the convenience of retail and entertainment just a stone’s throw away.
New condominium and apartment projects are adding housing options in the heart of the city.
Currently, over 2,000 housing units are under construction downtown. Since 1990 the population of downtown Bellevue has quadrupled. Between now and 2020 the downtown population is projected to increase from about 5,000 to 14,000. This is almost two-thirds of the population growth forecast for the city.
West of downtown Bellevue are some of the oldest and most well maintained communities in the region. The community of Meydenbauer features beautiful homes with its own public park and beach on Meydenbauer Bay.
The Crossroads area comprises the east end of the city across rolling hills to the shores of Lake Sammamish.
Celebrated for its vibrant diversity, the Crossroads community is attractive to young families and newcomers. Just south are the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake areas named for the secluded bodies of water and gentle slopes that attracted some of the original settlers to the area.
Further south, across the I-90 corridor, are the Somerset, Cougar Mountain and Newport Hills neighborhoods where homes have views of the Seattle skyline or of the Cascade Mountains. Newport Shores is tucked on Lake Washington just off Coal Creek Parkway. The area has its own marina and recreation center for homeowners.
Salaries and employment opportunities make Bellevue a welcome place to work and live. Bellevue’s median and average household incomes are higher than median and average incomes for King County and the nation as a whole. The 2006 American Community Survey estimated Bellevue’s median household income at $76,757 and average household income at $102,531. Whether it’s a waterfront estate, a suburban rambler or a high-rise urban condominium, Bellevue offers homes for every size family at any stage of life
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