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City Spotlight: Bellevue

City Spotlight: Bellevue

Exploring Bellevue

Bellevue has grown tremendously in the past decade as major tech companies have landed here and brought employees along with them. Its highly desirable suburban neighborhoods, and convenient downtown condo core, have become some of the most sought after real estate in the region.

Bellevue’s diverse neighborhoods span price ranges from ultra elite waterfront estates in West Bellevue to moderately affordable condominiums and townhomes in East Bellevue and South Bellevue.

Bellevue’s housing is often contained within defined neighborhoods and is generally newer than homes found in Seattle. Bellevue, and the Eastside, is known for larger, more spacious lots and beautiful landscaping.

Shops & Eateries

Bellevue’s downtown district remains a hub for luxury retail shopping and dining. Popular and premier retailers, hotels, and cultural attractions are centrally located near the Bellevue Square Mall and Lincoln Square, also referred to as the Bellevue Collection.

The Shops at the Bravern and the Bellevue Connection are only a few blocks east of this downtown hub. There you will find exquisite restaurants and elite shops and boutiques.

Related reading: Step into the Past at Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Community Farm

Main Street, in Old Bellevue, is a treat to stroll through. Here you’ll find very special shops and exquisite restaurants.

Bellevue’s shopping and dining possibilities don’t end in downtown. Other shopping arenas include Marketplace at Factoria, known by locals as the Factoria Mall, Crossroads Mall, and the Overlake Shopping Center.

Parks & Recreation

Known for its beauty and the icon of Eastside region, Bellevue rests between Lakes Washington and Sammamish (East-West) and Redmond-Kirkland and Newcastle (North-South).

Related reading: Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Park: Educational Center, Historical Refuge, and Outdoorsy Paradise

Known as a “city in a park”, Bellevue actively maintains and preserves its natural beauty and tree canopy. In 2016 alone, the city planted over 1,050 trees within the park & open space system. Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative offers a goal of focus and mindfulness of the city’s environmental efforts.

According to the City of Bellevue’s website, 2017 marks Bellevue’s 26th year being awarded the “Tree City USA” recognition by the National Arbor Day Foundation. By planting trees on an annual basis and committing to canopy preservation, the trees are providing health   and economic benefits, increasing property values, limiting storm water runoff and improving water quality.

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