Welcome to Bellvue
A thriving, affluent suburb with a plethora of tech jobs
Bellevue is ranked among the top places to live in the entire United States—and it’s not hard to see why. Each distinct neighborhood offers excellent schools, open spaces, and a high quality of life, making it a particularly desirable area for families. Not only is it a beautiful suburb, but the evolving downtown region ensures that the booming commercial core continues to prosper, especially since it houses several core technology companies.
The thriving downtown has attracted many big businesses, making the always-evolving Bellevue one of Washington's premier suburbs. Affluent areas like Clyde Hill and Medina house some of the largest, most expensive estates in the entire state, attracting business professionals and tech gurus from all over.
What to Love
- Large, spacious homes
- High-end retailers
- Many parks
- Great schools
- Easy Seattle commute
- Solid economy
People & Lifestyle
Spacious homes and quiet streets attract many families to Bellevue, while the busy downtown area is great for professionals and business associates. The most high-profile jobs in the area tend to be in the health, education, and tech fields.
Since Bellevue has become a hub for technological growth with businesses like Microsoft, Safeway, and T-Mobile setting up shop downtown, the suburb attracts a plethora of industry insiders and gurus. Sleek, modernized townhomes and condominiums have popped up all over downtown (where many of the professionals settle down), leaving the generously-sized homes for families.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Shopping in Bellevue, the Pacific Northwest's fashion hub, is a one-of-a-kind experience. A premier shopping destination, Bellevue is home to luxury brands, independent boutiques, eclectic stores, and vintage retailers, all including colorful storefronts and friendly staff eager to assist.
The Bellevue Collection boasts more than 50 restaurants, 200 shops, and several entertainment venues all in one convenient location. Shop renowned brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Neiman Marcus at The Bravern, an outdoor center that also includes the acclaimed Gene Juarez Salon & Spa.
Food enthusiasts will be overwhelmed by the sheer variety in Bellevue's hip culinary scene. Emerging as a prominent locale for foodies, Bellevue has everything from fine-dining to casual pizzerias. Tutta Bella is the first certified Neapolitan pizzeria in the suburb and is passionate about bringing guests a taste of Naples.
For Asian cuisine, there is no better place than Wild Ginger. Sample Malaysian or Indonesian cuisine paired with one of Wild Ginger's award-winning wines in a sophisticated atmosphere. If you prefer a more casual bar or pub setting with live music, 47 North Bar + Bistro, 520 Bar & Grill, and Cypress Lounge are all great options.
Things to Do
As a robust hub of art and culture, Bellevue's Eastside Heritage Center offers self-guided walking tours through 24 sites intended to inform and educate patrons on the city's intriguing history.
With an abundance of surrounding wilderness, parks, and trails, Bellevue is perfect for novice and seasoned hikers who want to explore the natural terrain. The heavily wooded Weowna Park boasts barked trails that loop through the 90 acres of forest, while the Cascade Mountain trail is better for experienced hikers. Additional popular hiking spots include Rattlesnake Ledge and Twin Falls.
The Cascade Mountains are also famous for skiers and snowboarders. Crystal Mountain Resort offers accommodations and amenities for skilled adventurers eager to glide through the fresh snow. Mercer Slough Nature Park is great for those who prefer to tour Bellevue from the water. Rent a kayak or canoe and traverse along the Lake Washington waterways.
Bellevue is serviced by the Bellevue School District, which encompasses four main public high schools and multiple elementary schools. The following is a list of the most notable in the area:
- Bellevue High School (public, 9-12)
- Interlake High School (public, 9-12)
- Newport High School (public, 9-12)
- Sammamish High School (public, 9-12)
- Open Window School (private, K-8)
- Three Cedars School (private, PK-8)
- Bellevue Christian School (private, PK-12)