Redmond, WA: home to Microsoft and Marymoor Park
Redmond, Washington is located across Lake Washington in what is known as the Eastside of Seattle. In relationship to other Seattle Eastside cities, Redmond is straight east of Kirkland, south of Woodinville, northwest of Sammamish and Issaquah and northeast of Bellevue.
From Salmon to Software
The city, named first Salmonburg because of the abundance of salmon in the surrounding rivers, was settled by Luce McRedmond who left Ireland during the potato famine and after whom the city is named today. What put Redmond on the map and into global consciousness and ignited the Redmond real estate market was the world’s largest software company, Microsoft Corporation. The company moved its headquarters to Redmond in 1986. There are more than 30,000 full-time workers plus outsource personnel on its Redmond campus and other Eastside office locations which adds up to about 8 million square feet (750,000 square meters).
Ethnically diverse and nouveau rich.
The over 54,000 Redmond residents are ethnically diverse and probably one of the best-educated populations on the planet. The visibility of exotic cars – 37 percent of the residents are between 20 and 39 years old – is just one of the indicators of wealth minted from the local technology industry.
Plenty of parks and paths for programmers
The largest of the city ’s more than 20 public parks is Marymoor Park with 560 acre (2.3 km2), one of the King County ’s largest and most popular. It is home to several soccer fields, an off-leash dog park, an outdoor theater, and a velodrome. 17 miles of paths for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding, as well as boating on the Sammamish river offer relief from cubicle stress and carpal tunnel syndrome.