Seattle is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most sought after city, offering a history rich in entrepreneurial spirit, culture, and is a respected leader in the global marketplace.
The Puget Sound region has many communities beyond Seattle. Queen Anne and Magnolia lie just north of the city center, with beautiful neighborhoods and easy access to downtown. Madison Park, Laurelhurst, and Windermere lie to the east, with rich, diverse communities, easy commutes to leading public schools, universities, and medical centers.
Two floating bridges connect Seattle to the Eastside neighborhoods, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Woodinville, Redmond, Issaquah, and Sammamish, with their nationally recognized schools, and proximity to businesses such as Boeing, Microsoft, Google, and Nintendo
Bellevue is a community like no other, with a variety of appealing lifestyle choices all within reach and less half an hour away. Downtown Bellevue is the financial center of the Eastside, with top tech companies, medical centers, and world-class retail in the heart of the city, offering a variety of neighborhoods made for living and exploring. Itʼs one of the liveliest places in the state, a unique spot where jobs are forecast to grow and commuters enjoy a shorter-than-average drive to work. But the downtown doesnʼt cater only to business and commerce. It is also becoming increasingly residential, mirroring the growth of high-rise condos and apartment complexes in the area. The demand has come from people wanting to be close to not only their jobs, but to the regionʼs best shopping, dining, and attractions. The vibrant downtown is surrounded by over 13 unique neighborhoods, each with their own personalities. Some of these communities draw from the very international flavor of the cityʼs commerce, while others were built in appreciation of natural wonders like Lake Washington or Cougar Mountain.
Offering the best in urban sophistication with green space and high rise buildings bordered by exclusive lakeside communities, West Bellevue is home to many of the top ranked schools in the nation, and some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Washington, including Medina, Yarrow Point, Clyde Hill, and Hunts Point. Minutes from the downtown Bellevue core, you’ll discover exclusive waterfront communities, spectacular view homes, and state-of-the-art downtown condominiums. Some of Washington’s wealthiest residents call West Bellevue home, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, and Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman..
Located in northwest Bellevue, Clyde Hill makes up about one square mile between Highway 520 and downtown Bellevue. From beautiful views of the Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, the Cascade Mountain range and the Seattle or Bellevue skyline from it’s many higher elevations, to almost instantaneous access to downtown Bellevue, Clyde Hill is one of the Eastside’s most sought-after zip codes. It is an ideal location for people who want a quiet neighborhood with easy access to highways and an urban center. And, due to zoning laws, the residential lots tend to be large and the houses new and spacious. The City's park-like towering evergreens and a lush profusion of northwestern foliage are the pride of its friendly citizens and a delight to visitors.
A drive through Medina showcases the best of what the community has to offer. Although mainly residential, nearly a quarter of the community is green space, in the form of parks and a golf course. Vast estates are visible from the road, some tucked quietly down winding driveways and others proudly displayed by the lake. Many of the best waterfront and view homes in the Eastside are located in Medina. Residents of Medina have chosen to live on the shores of Lake Washington, partly because it is close to everything. Because of the city’s proximity to SR 520, residents of Medina have the world at their fingertips. With only a two mile drive, they can be steeped in the sophisticated urban glamour of Bellevue, enjoy an eclectic afternoon in one of Seattle’s quirky neighborhoods, or be transported back in time at the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Medina is also a great stepping off point for fabulous weekend adventures along the I-5 corridor. And if you’d rather fly than drive, even the international airport is only a hop, skip, and a jump away.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, Yarrow Points residents enjoy approximately 231 acres, perfect for driving, walking or bike riding. While a quarter of the homes on Yarrow Point enjoy waterfront or water access, the remaining homes enjoy views ranging from expansive to territorial. The peninsula is surrounded by Clyde Hill, Medina and Kirkland communities, offering close proximity to the business centers of both Seattle and Bellevue.
Marked by mostly traditional and Craftsman homes, Queen Anne is named for its “Queen Anne” style houses and is noted for its family friendly setting, outdoor pool for summer use, hills for sledding in winter and walkability to stellar schools and parks. Though situated in close proximity to downtown Seattle, some would say Queen Anne function as its own “island” where residents find all they need close to home at one-of-a-kind restaurants and shopping experiences along Queen Anne Avenue.
Home to some of the fastest growing communities in the region, East Bellevue includes several neighborhoods that provide an international climate, attracting businesses from around the world, especially the technology industry. These neighborhoods offer easy access to urban areas, nearby natural beauty, coupled with top schools and a comfortable suburban lifestyle. A short drive in any direction yields fantastic places to explore, from Seattle to the west, the Cascade Mountains to the east, and over 90 wineries to the north. Even the international airport is less than an hour away
There are many reasons why Kirkland inspires hometown pride, but none more than this: it is simply an incredible place to live. On summer days, the heat and sun draw people come from all over Greater Seattle to enjoy the pretty downtown and easily-accessible lakeside parks. Kirkland is easy to get around -- not just the downtown that’s incredibly walkable; but the local neighborhoods are some of the most appealing for heading out on foot. Because of its easy local accessibility and proximity to Interstate 405, Kirkland is also a wonderful jumping-off point for adventures around the Greater Seattle Area. Seattle is only 12 miles away, or 20 minutes by car. Over the years, Kirkland has been in high demand as a home for organizations, businesses, and residents alike. It was the headquarters of the Seahawks for the team’s first 32 seasons and was so beloved by Costco during the company’s tenure in town that its store brand, “Kirkland Signature,” bears its name.
Redmond is the ideal place to live. With a thriving economy, incredible mix of urban and suburban amenities, and a convenient, central location, Redmond reflects the best the Northwest has to offer. Local business and city leaders fostered the growing metropolis into a hub of not only lucrative business, but also great living. They created an ideal city where the best of urban and suburban amenities exist, side-by-side. A drive through Redmond showcases this diversity, from upscale outdoor shopping complexes, to trendy wine bars and gourmet restaurants, to an abundance of playgrounds and parks. Living spaces and amenities blend seamlessly, with colorful condominiums alongside premier retail establishments and luxury homes next door to quirky neighborhood favorites. Everything is just a short drive away, connected by commuter-friendly roads and outstanding public transportation.
Issaquah is a vibrant community for its collection of artists, intellectuals, technologists and outdoorsmen alike. Not only does Issaquah offer an easy commute to I-90 destinations such as Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle, it is home to Costco’s headquarters and is consistently recognized by CNN among the best places to live in the U.S. The Issaquah School District is ranked first in the state, offering premier public education to local families. The quaint downtown area has a historical flair and draws residents and visitors to annual car shows, wine walks, and Boehm’s Candies.
In Sammamish, homeowners find a stellar sense of community not found anywhere else. Waterfront opportunities abound, as Lake Sammamish provides an aquatic lifestyle with a fusion of water sports such as paddle boarding and kayaking, with avid swimmers. It’s an ideal base for Eastsiders, who can easily access employment hubs in Redmond and Bellevue while enjoying lush, top-rated golf courses such as the Sahalee Golf Course, which hosts PGA events. When not on the water, residents are found on the trails at Lake Sammamish State Park, grabbing dinner at Ristorante Simone or perusing the Saffron Shopping Center.
While it is surrounded by Lake Washington, Mercer Island is far from insular. Located between Bellevue and Seattle affords an easy commute to either the east or west side. Waterfront homes are marked by their own private docks for aquatic adventurers to voyage out on a boat or paddleboard. Because of its island character, there is a strong sense of community as “Islanders” take pride in the small-town atmosphere, tranquil and woodsy ambiance. Education is paramount to the community at large, as Mercer Island’s top-rated public school system is ranked second in the state. Its most famous resident is Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Though it is home to the wealthiest zip code in Washington state, residents and visitors enjoy friendly, community oriented events year-round.
In Madison Park, stately vintage estates and charming tree-lined streets hearken to the city’s rich historical past yet live for today with vibrant shops and restaurants. Breathe in the fresh air and revel in lush greenery from Volunteer Park’s conservatory and arboretum. Head to the Asian Art Museum for dynamic, ever-changing exhibits. In the warmer seasons, beloved public beach parks draw hundreds of locals and visitors to their sandy shores for aquatic adventures. After a day out on the Lake Washington’s waves, tie up at a guest dock for shorefront dining.
As an affluent Seattle neighborhood encompassing coveted addresses for generations, the Tudor homes of the Magnolia Bluff give way to pockets of mid-century moderns. Drive tree-lined streets to parks that overlook stunning city and water views whether it’s a historic Fort Lawton home at Discovery Park or the wonderful trails of Magnolia Park. It’s no wonder the area has housed some of Seattle’s greatest minds over generations. In the spring, Magnolia boasts gorgeous flowering trees and opportunities for exploration. of a sweet tooth evokes a feeling of Parisian perfection.