Bellevue Real Estate & Community Information

Bellevue Real Estate & Community Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bellevue, French for “beautiful view,” is the fifth largest city in Washington and is located in the Eastside region of King County, just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Considered the retail and high-tech epicenter of the area, Bellevue’s skyline is filled with stunning high-rises, but the city still maintains a small-town feel. The area boasts beautiful, woodsy neighborhoods and a stunning network of green space offering many miles of public parks, nature trails and stunning swim beaches. The public schools in Bellevue are also regularly rated among the best in the country. More than 140,000 lucky residents call Bellevue home, and the median home price is $839,600, with many homes featuring a pool and cozy fireplace. Bellevue is consistently ranked among the best mid-sized cities in the United States due in part to its stunning parks, top schools and thriving economy. It is also home to many small and large business, as well as many corporate offices and headquarters including T-Mobile, Verizon, Expedia, Eddie Bauer, Microsoft and Coinstar.

If eating is one of your favorite past times, restaurants in Bellevue will allow your appetite to take you all over the world with cuisines ranging from Indian, Italian, American and Japanese. The area also offers a wide variety of nightlife spots that are sure to suit any taste and desire. There are numerous arts and entertainment venues in Bellevue such as cinemas, museums and performing arts destinations that will entice and entertain every member of your family. This city is an ideal destination if you are looking for activities that are both family-friendly and active as there are a range of things to do such as running courses, boating, kayaking, sun bathing at the beach and playing at the park. Whatever you are looking for, Bellevue has you covered!

 

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Shopping and Dining in Bellevue

Bellevue is well known for its many shopping and dining destinations, ranging from luxury stores to quaint, locally owned boutiques and delicious ethnically diverse eateries. The Bellevue Collection is a very popular destination for residents and guests of Bellevue, offering more than 250 stores and over 45 dining and entertainment venues. Guests of The Bellevue Collection enjoy the best of style and selection with established and renowned stores such as Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom and Crate and Barrel.  There are also dozens of unique and locally owned shops to explore that you won’t find anywhere else around town! The Bellevue Collection is made up of three related properties (Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square) that are connected through two sky brides beautifully crafted from a mixture of glass and steel. Or enjoy a day at The Shops at The Bravern located in downtown Bellevue, where you will find a vibrant and beautiful pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping destination. Featuring timeless, classic architecture with lush landscaping, The Shops at The Braven offer top-notch shopping with iconic fashion brands, and features the only Neiman Marcus in the Northwest. There are also numerous restaurants with award-wining cuisines to savor and cozy outdoor fireplaces to relax near.

Old Bellevue is a charming destination located just south of Bellevue Downtown Park, and offers visitors a quaint shopping experience with various locally-owned boutiques, gift shops and much more. You will find eclectic home décor, hidden gems and rare jewelry, all while taking in the historical flavor of the area with old-fashioned lamppost and brick sidewalks along Main Street. Old Bellevue is also home to various salons and spas, as well as small, intimate restaurants with mouth-watering dishes. Crossroads Shopping Center is another extremely popular destination for families looking for shopping, dining and entertainment. There is an incredible selection of value stores including Pier One, Old Navy and Famous Footwear, as well as unique shopping destinations like Uncle’s Games, Alter Ego Comics & Collectibles and Crossroads Toys. There are also numerous international food options offered at the all-independent “Public Market” food court, and family entertainment options like Regal Cinema, a climbing gym, pottery studio and an indoor playground for children. The Crossroads Market also features free live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and hosts hundreds of community events each year. There really is no place quite like it around town and is a must-visit destination! Lastly, the Marketplace at Factoria offers great shopping with five large department stores and over sixty shops, including Target, Old Navy, DSW and Nordstrom Rack. There are also incredible dining options and activities for families including Kidsquest Children’s Museum. And if outlet shopping is on your list, less than 30 minutes east on Interstate 90 are the North Bend Premium Outlets.

When it comes to dining around Bellevue, you will not be disappointed! Bellevue’s diverse population has led to a delicious ethnic dining scene that has cultural foodies flocking to the area to explore. Take your pick from quick takeout nibbles like casual sandwich spots or treat yourself to a more lavish sit-down meal at a 4-star chef owned restaurant. One thing is certain, you can dine exceptionably well on any block in Bellevue with hundreds of yummy eateries from downtown Bellevue and across the city. Keep an eye out for the countless outdoor dining options on patios and rooftops when the sun is shining, and take your pick of the many food trucks scattered throughout downtown for a quick lunch. 

 

Parks and Recreation in Bellevue

When it comes to things to do in Bellevue, residents and guests have their pick of cultural attractions, all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of Washington and stunning outdoor spaces. With so many things to do in and around Bellevue, it really comes down to whether your desire for adventure is pulled towards the pace of the city or quest for the tranquility of nature. Take your pick of the miles and miles of nature trails, breath taking beaches and public parks, or for a day indoors, relax at one of the many world-class spas, art exhibitions or museums. There is also Woodinville’s Wine Country, which offers over 100 wineries and tasting rooms for guests to choose from.

When it comes to art and culture, Bellevue is bursting with life from draw dropping performances, a renowned art museum and life-sized sculptures to feed your creative side. Bellevue Arts Museum is located in the heart of downtown and is a popular destination for residents in the Pacific Northwest to experience crafts, design and art. Through programs, exhibitions and publications from artists around the world, Bellevue Arts Museum engages the community and is a popular spot to let your creative juices flow. There is also The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, which hosts an array of productions throughout the year by local, regional and national performing arts groups. Or the boutique performing arts venue, Resonance at Soma Towers, features jazz, bluegrass and classical performances throughout the year. For a little Washington history, the Eastside Heritage Center preserves and upholds a collection of artifacts, archival material and photos that tells stories of early settlers in Washington. Or embark on your own adventure of Bellevue’s history through 24 historical sites with the self-guided Early Bellevue Walking Tour.

Bellevue and the Pacific Northwest are one of few places in the world that offer an assortment of family-friendly outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to back country skiing.  Spend a day outdoors soaking up the sun at Bellevue Marina at Meydenbauer Bay, Lake Sammamish State Park, Adventura Aerial Adventure Park, Ardmore Park or Bellevue Botanical Garden. In the heart of Bellevue is the 21-acre oasis, Bellevue Downtown Park, which boasts a one-half mile promenade lined with benches, stunning greenery, and a 240-foot wide waterfall that flows into a glittering pond.

Grab your beach towel and sunscreen and head to one of Bellevue’s free beach parks located on the stunning shores of Lake Washington. And for the avid golfer, Washington State offers some of the best golf with scenic views, affording an exceptional golf experience. A few courses located in or near Bellevue include Bellevue Golf Course, Bellevue Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course, The Golf Club at Newcastle, and The Golf Club at Echo Falls. Bellevue is also home to many popular cultural events held throughout the year, including the annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair that has been held at the end of July since 1947. There is also the annual Strawberry Festival held on the fourth weekend in June. This multi-day festival celebrates Bellevue’s extensive strawberry farming history and has all sorts of fun for every member of the family to enjoy!

 

School, Health and Transportation in Bellevue

Families living in Bellevue attend schools within the Bellevue School District, which is comprised of 15 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools and 2 alternative high schools. Bellevue is also home to the City University of Seattle and Bellevue College. When it comes to healthcare, residents of Bellevue are never far from world-class healthcare facilities. Some of these include Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Group Health Bellevue Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Medical Centre, Swedish Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center. Transportation is easy whether you are traveling in, out or around Bellevue. Being centrally located in the region, travelers have easy access off of Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, as well as State Route 520. For air travel, the closest major airport for residents of Bellevue is the Seattle-Tacoma International, which offers international and domestic flights.

Contact Information

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Donna McCampbell
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th St
Seattle WA 98115
(206)949-9147 - Direct
(206)522-5500 - Office