City Spotlight: Bellevue
We love to profile neighborhoods in the city of Seattle proper, but from time we like to extend our view to neighboring cities as well. In today’s blog we look due east, to the neighboring city of Bellevue.
Directly across Lake Washington from Seattle is the mid-size city of Bellevue, with a population of around 125,000 people. The name Bellevue means ‘Beautiful view’ in French, and the city does offer beautiful views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains, as well as Lake Washington.
Bellevue was considered a suburb of Seattle for some time, but thanks to rapid growth and a bustling downtown city center it is now considered its own city. In 2006 Bellevue was rated one of the 25 safest cities in America and then in 2008 Bellevue was #1 on CNN Money’s list of the best places to live and launch a business. In 2010 the city was awarded 4th best city in America to live.
Bellevue’s economy is one of the best in the state, with numerous white collar jobs from companies like Microsoft nearby. The city is also the 6th wealthiest area in the state based on per capita income.
There are a wide variety of home options in Bellevue, from modern high-rise condominiums to modest California Ranch-style homes from the 1960’s. The real estate market in Bellevue is robust, thanks to the desirable living conditions and strong economy. In addition to all the city amenities a person could want, Bellevue offers plenty of outdoor recreation, with over 75 parks spread out among 2,500 acres.
If you’re looking for a home near Seattle, or simply a great city in its own right, check out Bellevue.