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Bellevue Homes and Lifestyle
Bellevue homes are some of the most expensive in the greater Seattle area. The reasons are a growing economy, excellent schools, and the overall quality of life. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live by USA Today.
With a population of more than 132,000 (US Census 2014 estimate), Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington. As the largest eastside city across Lake Washington, it is a significant economic force in the Puget Sound region. According to Wikipedia, the downtown Bellevue area is currently the second largest city center in Washington state with 1,300 businesses, 45,000 employees, and 10,200 residents. T-mobile, Microsoft, and Nintendo have a large presence.
Bellevue homes range from 1960 ramblers and 1970 split levels to luxury high-rise condos and even more luxurious estates. Many of these Bellevue homes have views of Lake Washington with the city of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains as a backdrop. Other Bellevue homes are oriented toward the east, where the Cascades offer wonderful views. Bellevue is ideally located for outdoor sports enthusiasts, be they sailors, runners, hikers, mountain climbers, or skiers.
Closer to town is the Bellevue Botanical garden with quiet paths and a changing seasonal flora.
Old Bellevue, bordering on Meydenbauer Bay, is worth a stroll and invites the sampling of more-or-less exotic food in an ever-changing restaurant scene. Nearby is the Bellevue Collection, which is not an art gallery but a very high-end mall plus hotel, restaurants, entertainment venues like an upscale bowling alley and, of course, offices. The most alluring names in international fashion compete for the attention of a well-heeled clientele. However, the locally founded Nordstrom department store does not take a back seat to the boutique competition. The nearby Bellevue homes in the 98004 Zip code are desirable and sell quickly.
Bellevue homes east of I-405
The largest part of Bellevue is east of downtown and I-405. Those are the neighborhoods in the 98005 to 98008 Zip Codes located close to shopping centers such as Crossroads and medical centers such Overlake. The Bellevue real estate market includes the Somerset area (south of I-90), Eastgate (north of I-90), Spiritridge, Vasa Park, Phantom Lake and Lake Hills neighborhoods.