If you are living in the Seattle area, or you are a homebuyer interested in moving there, consider the beautiful east side of Lake Washington. Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, and Redmond offer larger homes for the price that you will get in the Seattle Metropolitan area. This is the most desirable area of King County with lovely homes in planned communities on lots with yards, excellent school districts, and close to tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft.
“During the past decade, Bellevue has grown 22%; the median income has jumped 27% to $162,434, and property values have soared. Census data shows that the city is increasingly married, home-owning and educated — traditionally a perfect recipe for white-collar hiring.” (Source: GeekWire)
Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond are located along I-405, north of I-90, with easy access to downtown Seattle or other east side communities. Public transportation is available. Microsoft in Redmond has its own shuttle service for employees living in these communities.
Many of these suburban homes are in gated communities such as Sahalee, with its PGA golf course. Bear Creek is another community built around a golf course. Bridle Trails, as its name suggests, is designed around equestrian trails. Golf, tennis, and boating on Lake Washington are popular activities in the Seattle Eastside. You will also find miles of hiking trails connecting the communities.
Townhomes and condominiums are also available in this area along with luxury three, four, and five-bedroom homes. These also pose excellent opportunities for investors to purchase and rent out for a premium.
This is now one of the largest and most popular cities in Washington with a population of more than 151,000 people. Bellevue is actually located between Lake Washington to the west and smaller Lake Sammamish on the east.
Parts of the Bellevue area waterfront on Lake Washington actually include the communities of Medina and Clyde Hill. Yes, the Gates estate and other mansions are in this area! More affordable three, four, and five-bedroom homes are located in other areas.
Bellevue has a community college that now offers a four-year program. The city has a thriving downtown area with Belle Square and The Bravern shopping centers. The Bellevue Youth Theatre is nearby. The city also has an Aquatic Center, Botanical Gardens, and community centers. There are two public golf courses and several country clubs.
A large transit center is located in the downtown area with frequent bus service into Seattle and neighboring communities. Residents are encouraged to use public transportation whenever possible, and park-and-ride areas are located throughout King County.
This is another community built around Lake Washington north of I-520. Kirkland extends along the lakeshore from Yarrow Point north to Saint Edward’s Park. Kirkland has also extended east to border Redmond and Woodinville.
Kirkland is the sixth-largest city in King County with a population of 92,000. The downtown area is located along the lake with parks and a pedestrian walkway. There is also a small marina and launch ramp.
There are several communities in Kirkland including Totem Lake and Juanita that offer shopping and dining. Costco started in Kirkland and the city’s name is the company’s house label. Costco is still in King County, now located in Issaquah, a town easily reached from Kirkland.
This once small community was known as the Bicycle Capital of Washington State until Microsoft put it on the map! The downtown area grew in the 1980s, and it now features a pedestrian mall off of Redmond Way. This is the main street in the town that extends east from Kirkland, heading over Rose Hill into the Sammamish Valley.
The town with a population of over 73,000, is located along part of the Sammamish River Trail popular with bike riders. Marymoor Park is a 550 area park with bike trails and one of the best dog parks in King County.
Visitors to Redmond can tour the Microsoft Visitor Center located at the company’s headquarters.
If you are interested in selling a home or buying a residence, reach out! Home sellers now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sell a home quickly. This area is in high demand in the current seller’s market and I’d love to help you navigate your buying and/or selling needs in this hot market!