With its quiet streets and forested areas, Woodridge Hill offers a suburban, modern feel in the two communities that blossomed on the hill during the mid-century years: Woodridge and Norwood Village.
Woodridge Hill, situated south of downtown and east of I-405, provides easy access to major freeways and the downtown Bellevue core. The west side of hill boasts sweeping views of downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington, Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle skyline. The neighborhoods are made up primarily of single family homes with multifamily housing, office, and light industrial along the outskirts of the hill. With a population of 4,541, the hill is comprised of 2,217 households with a median household income of $80,283 according to the City of Bellevue.
At the entrance of Woodridge Hill on 121st Ave SE at SE 8th Street is the Wilburton Trestle. Built in 1904, it’s the longest wood train trestle in the Pacific Northwest. No trains traverse the tracks these days, but the trestle remains a part of the community’s pride (and a great backdrop for wedding photos).
Although predominantly car dependent, alternative transportation options are available. For those who appreciate walking, the neighborhoods feature sidewalks and trails that provide easy access to the Factoria area. Walk Score rates Woodridge Hill as the 11th most walkable neighborhood in Bellevue with a Walk Score of 46. The neighborhood is served by King County Metro Route 246 which provides access to downtown Bellevue and Factoria. Conveniently located just minutes away from Eastgate Park & Ride, bus service is available for commuters into Seattle and surrounding cities.
Prior to 1947, the undeveloped hill was covered in trees and blackberry vines. After World War II, veterans’ organizations created a group to purchase the land, now Norwood Village, to build affordable housing for returning veterans. Local architects were hired to design five basic house plans featuring open living and dining rooms and other modern amenities of the mid-century era. The historic neighborhood is now associated with two of the Northwest's most celebrated architects, Paul Hayden Kirk and Fred Bassetti. Woodridge Hill grew from these modest beginnings and was annexed to the city of Bellevue in 1966.
Much of the community revolves around Woodridge Elementary School which provides educational services to 600 children residing on the hill and neighboring communities. In addition, the school offers special education services and an early childhood program. Feeder schools are Chinook Middle School and Bellevue High School, or choice schools within the desirable Bellevue School District, including top-ranked International School and Big Picture School to name a few.
With a number of trails, parks, and two community pools, recreational opportunities abound. Norwood Park features two tennis courts, a multi-use sport court, playground, and picnic areas, and sits adjacent to the Norwood Swim Club. The Woodridge Swim Club isn’t far from the network of trails comprising the Woodridge Open Space Trails.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet community, an updated mid-century modern home, or outstanding views, Woodridge Hill offers convenience to downtown Bellevue shopping, restaurants, and medical care, along with easy access to Seattle.