Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 140,000 (as of 2017). It is the high-tech and retail center of King County's Eastside, with more than 150,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces, miles and miles of nature trails, public parks and swim beaches.
Bellevue is known for its shopping options where luxury stores, local boutiques and eclectic shops offer up one-of-a-kind fashion finds. Begin your Bellevue shopping experience in Downtown Bellevue where within a few blocks in any direction you can experience high-end (and stratospheric-end) luxury destinations at The Bellevue Collection and The Shops at The Bravern as well as one of a kind local shops and the work of local designers. Just one block south of Downtown Park, the Old Bellevue area on Main Street features a mix of off-the-beaten-path fine apparel or one-of-a-kind specialty gift items.
A short drive takes you to two additional Bellevue shopping areas. The Market Place at Factoria features Nordstrom Rack and other well-known off-price and discount retail outlets while Crossroads Bellevue delivers an eclectic selection of shops and big box stores. If outlet shopping is on your list the North Bend Premium Outlets are less than 30 minutes east on Interstate 90
The city's public schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.
With its reputation for good schools, Bellevue continues to attract families with children. The
under-18 population has kept pace with overall population growth and comprised just over one
fifth of Bellevue's population.
Bellevue residents are some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 66 percent having
a bachelor's degree or higher as of 2015. The City of Bellevue's website provides additional
statistics and information about the city.
Home to many corporate headquarters and major corporate offices including Eddie Bauer, Symetra, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Verizon, Bungie Games, Drugstore.com, Expedia, Coinstar, Paccar.
Take a look at Bellevue's Calendar to see all the great events they offer.
Bellevue's first settlers, William Meydenbauer and Aaron Mercer, built cabins on the heavily forested shore of Lake Washington in 1869. Meydenbauer's original claim stretched from present-day Main Street, along Bellevue Way to the lake. Mercer homesteaded along the slough that bears his name, between the lake and today's Southeast 24th Street and inland to 112th Avenue. The slough and lake were nine feet higher and shorelines were drastically different before the Lake Washington Ship Canal was opened in 1917. Opening of the ship canal gave rise to one of Bellevue's more interesting and lucrative businesses. From 1919 until World War II, Meydenbauer Bay was home port for the American Pacific Whaling Fleet.
Meanwhile, West Bellevue forests produced a bounty of timber for loggers and hides for trappers. But distance to markets made growth relatively slow until the Lake Washington Floating Bridge connected Bellevue to Seattle in 1941. Another connection via the Evergreen Point bridge in 1963, along with completion of Interstate 405, ensured West Bellevue's future as transportation and economic hub of the Eastside.
Bellevue's School district is among the top in the nation. Their Mission is "To provide all students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career and life.
View their Website to learn more about the district and why the students of Bellevue School District excel.
See their Calendar for registration and other important dates.
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● Median List Price $960K
● Avg. Sale / List 100.1%
● Median List $/Sq Ft $460
● Avg. Number of Offers 2
● Median Sale Price $890K
● Avg. Down Payment 36.5%
● Median Sale $/Sq Ft $474