The heart of the Eastside lies in Bellevue, Washington’s fifth largest city. Flanked by two floating bridges to the north and south, Bellevue is just minutes from Seattle. Yet the influx of high tech companies, professional services firms, retail and manufacturing is fueling a renaissance that has changed Bellevue from a Seattle bedroom community to an economic hub in its own right.
A glistening skyline stands as a testament to the success of various commercial and civic revitalization projects undertaken in recent years. Bellevue Square, for example, is home to Nordstrom, Banana Republic, The Gap, FAO Schwarz and other popular retail stores. Meydenbauer Center also is fast becoming a favorite site for meetings and conventions. These and other projects have created new economic and cultural opportunities for Bellevue and Eastside residents.
Home shoppers will find Bellevue’s downtown condominiums a great option for those looking for an urban lifestyle without Seattle’s density. Other single-family neighborhoods provide a hometown atmosphere, as well as some breathtaking views of Seattle and Lake Washington to the west, the Cascade Mountains to the east, and magnificent Mt. Rainier to the north.
Perhaps Bellevue’s greatest strength has been its ability to effectively blend the excitement of a vital city with the serenity of a suburban community. In addition to its new economic and retail centers, Bellevue has preserved more than 1,700 acres of parks and open spaces, including 56 developed parks – 10 of which are located on the water – and nearly 40 miles of trails. This city also has been recognized for its diversity, recently receiving a National League of Cities award for a wide range of cultural diversity programs. These milestones plus a new library, upscale and ethnic restaurants, movie theaters and a variety of special and cultural events make Bellevue an ideal destination for work or play.