Communities East of Seattle
Bellevue | Issaquah | Kirkland | Mercer Island | Redmond | Woodinville
The areas east Lake Washington, better known as the Eastside, has seen phenomenal growth over the last 20 years. Redmond and Bellevue are home to many of the world's leading computer software companies, including Microsoft. This hi-tech boom is largely responsible for the Eastside's metamorphosis from a collection of quiet, mostly rural communities to a vibrant, urban-oriented sprawl. A few throwbacks to the Eastside's agricultural era remain in the form of Duvall and Snoqualmie-and pristine mountains, lakes and streams are still plentiful and within close proximity-but for the most part, the area east of the lake is becoming modern, trendy and flush with new money.
The largest city of the Eastside and the fifth largest in Washington State, Bellevue is a city committed to preserving its quality of life. Bellevue understands that only a strong sense of community, on e filled with arts, music and family spirit will keep its citizens connected an ensure a healthy and vibrant future economy.
Downtown Bellevue is a collage of high-rises, public parks, museums and excellent shopping. It is the urban heart of the Eastside and s going through a boon of new apartments, condominiums and office towers. Bellevue Square Mall, arguably the shopping capital of the Northwest, is located here.
Bellevue has more than 2000 acres of parkland, trails, open space and wetlands contained within its 56 parks. Recreational trails connect Lake Sammamish east of Bellevue to Lake Washington on the west. The city is committed to education and consistently ranks as some of the state's best schools.
Bellevue hosts a healthy arts community that includes the new Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue Philharmonics, Ballet Bellevue, Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art and Belle Art Concerts. Bellevue also initiated the Eastside's first public art program to create a distinctive and people-friendly downtown area.
Bellevue offers a diverse choice in housing to suite any lifestyle: from stunning waterfront estates to suburban ramblers to downtown condominiums. New home construction leans toward larger, more expensive homes. More reasonably priced homes can be found in the Crossroads and Lake Hills neighborhoods.
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Small-town ambiance seems to make a permanent home in Issaquah, a city with turn-of-the-century origins. At the south end of Lake Sammamish, 16 miles east of Seattle, Issaquah is rich in Northwest heritage and natural beauty. Issaquah residents enjoy great restaurants, live theater, wineries, a Saturday public market, a historic depot and a chocolate factory. Visitors come to explore the Issaquah Alps, a zoological park and a salmon hatchery. Lake Sammamish State Park is a major recreational area. Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains attract hikers and nature observers.
The Village Theatre and Gilman Village shopping center are popular with residents and visitors. Pickering Place, across I-90 from downtown, offers modern shopping conveniences. Many upscale neighborhoods have been built in the hills surrounding the city, making Issaquah a poplar place to live.
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Kirkland is one of the few cities in the Northwest that has preserved 25 percent of its waterfront-including seven parks-for public land use. Located on the shore of Lake Washington just north of Bellevue, the city is bordered by public beaches with views of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains.
Kirkland offers a variety of opportunities for walkers, shoppers and browsers. Choices range from the waterfront's specialty shops, tempting restaurants, antique stores and art galleries to a major shopping area at the city's northern boundary.
As with many areas around Seattle, smaller, older homes in Kirkland are being demolished and re-built in larger, more modern and expensive versions. New hillside condos look out over downtown Kirkland onto Lake Washington, many being purchased before construction is complete.
Kirkland residents enjoy ballet, live theatre and choral performances at the Kirkland Performance Center, along with many excellent restaurants.
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Unique among Seattle's neighboring cities, Mercer Island is a residential community located in the middle of Lake Washington. The island provides a quiet feel with a quick express-lane commute to downtown Seattle via Interstate 90, and almost as fast of a commute to the Eastside.
The tradition of excellence in education is a major reason why many choose to live on Mercer Island. The district consistently has the highest test scores in the state, with ninety percent of its high-school graduates going on to college.
This primarily single-family, residential community has more than 475 acres of parklands and open space that offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Apartments and condominiums are concentrated on the north end of the island, close to a small business district.
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Redmond has evolved into a thriving center of business and community life, while retaining the flavor of its rural past. One f the fastest-growing cities in the state, Redmond is home to several nationally and internationally recognized companies, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Eddie Bauer and AT&T Wireless.
Located on the northern end of Lake Sammamish, the area enjoys forested hills and lake and mountain views in its quiet neighborhoods. Schools fall within the Lake Washington School District, and feature strong academics and athletics.
More people work in Redmond than live here, as high-tech companies attract workers from all over the Greater Seattle area. Redmond has a variety of housing options. The number of single-family homes nearly equals the number of multi-family units.
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Woodinville has become one of Washington's most prosperous and well-situated cities, offering the best of urban amenities within a great natural beauty and a thriving economy. Visitors find Molbak's Greenhouse and Nursery, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Columbia Winery, Redhook Brewery and the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train. Each year thousands of people enjoy walking, biking, horseback riding, skating and running along the Sammamish River Trail.
Woodinville celebrates its community with Celebrate Woodinville, which includes the All-Fools-Day Parade, Basset Bash and Brigade and the city's celebration of cityhood. The Woodinville Community Roundtable sponsors the Walk in the Park wine festival in the fall. The city's Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the 4th of July Fireworks Event, Summer Concert Series and Woodinville Light Festival.
Woodinville is still considered part of the Eastside technology corridor, so good jobs are easily accessible.
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