The City of Bellevue is the second largest city center in Washington state. It used to be a sleepy town across the bridge from Seattle where there wasn’t much to do but go to the mall, but in the past 10+ years all of that has changed.
Bellevue is a large city encompassing everything between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish and just north of Highway 520 to south of Interstate 90. When most people talk about Bellevue, they are most likely referring to West Bellevue which is the area to the west of Interstate 405 and includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Enatai, Apple Valley, Surrey Downs, and a collection of the very small towns of Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point, and Hunt’s Point. These last four make up the Eastside’s Gold Coast where you will find the likes of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and numerous other local executives. However, Bellevue actually consists of many smaller neighborhoods, each with their own personality and identity.
Downtown Medina Eastgate Lakemont
Clyde Hill Bridle Trails Robinswood Lochmoor
West Bellevue Woodridge Lake Hills Glendale
Enatai Somerset West Lake Sammamish Kelsey Creek
Surrey Downs Factoria Overlake Yarrow Point
Bellevue School District is one of the top school districts in the area. It has 15 regular elementary schools, one Spanish Immersion elementary school, one Mandarin dual language elementary school, five middle schools, four high schools, and two alternative middle/high schools. Bellevue High and Newport High are top rated schools and the neighborhoods they serve are in very high demand.
Bellevue has expanded its repertoire of entertainment in the last few years. The Bellevue Collection is, well, a collection of shops, restaurants, and a movie theater and includes Bellevue Square Mall (or, as the locals call it, Bell Square), Lincoln Square Cinemas, and the Hyatt and Westin hotels, among others. Down the street, you will find the Bravern which is home to Neiman Marcus and several other high end boutique shops. For the foodie, some of the best restaurants are The Black Bottle Postern, Pearl, El Gaucho, Wild Ginger, Cantinetta, and our favorite, Bis on Main, located in Old Bellevue. Be sure to get the Crispy Garlic Chicken…yum!
Based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington. Money magazine has placed Bellevue in the top 100 best places to live in 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006. The name “Bellevue” is French for “beautiful view”.
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