Bellevue, Washington

The City in a Park

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Young Professionals

Young professionals that live in Bellevue need to be close to the nightlife that the city has to offer. Despite the fact that it isn’t known for its social scene the way Seattle is there is a downtown area where young professionals live, eat, drink and play. It's a much better option than living in Seattle and commuting to Bellevue.

  • Downtown
  • Woodridge

Lake Hills


Being known for great schools, it’s no surprise that Bellevue is great for young families. You can be close to activities and parks while still finding a great place to call home. One of the big selling part for these neighborhoods and Lake Hills in particular are the outdoor spaces for the family to play. Lake Hills has the 150 acre Greenbelt wetland corridor. This includes forests, streams, lakes, trails for hiking, community gardens, picnic areas and seasonal produce farms. You can also attend master gardener workshops and do guided walking tours with a park ranger. Trust us, raising kids here is amazing if you want them to have an outdoor lifestyle. Check out all these neighborhoods if you’re a young family looking to settle down:

  • Lake Hills
  • Crossroads
  • Woodridge



Bellevue may be expensive, but it’s worth it for the amazing schools and the location. If you’re looking to relocate and crave a quiet, affluent suburban neighborhood on a hill with stunning views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and downtown Seattle then Somerset is your spot. It’s easy for community and close to shops and businesses in Factoria, including the Marketplace at Factoria. Somerset has some of the best public and private schools in Washington and tons of parks and green spaces for the kiddos to play (outside of the large lawns that come with the large homes). All of these choices offer similar homes, amenities and experiences:

  • Somerset
  • Eastgate
  • Newport


Empty Nesters/Retirees

If you’ve recently sent your kids off to college or the workforce, you’re going to want to check out Bellevue. Downtown offers an easier way to experience nightlife, culture, and entertainment at a more manageable pace than downtown Seattle. You're also close to Seattle should you crave something more jumping, decent weather, and amazing nature activities make it a top contender for retired life. If instead you crave a more bucolic retirement area look at Medina. It's a mostly residential city on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Washington. Seattle sits across the Lake so you get stunning views and a quiet, outdoor lifestyle, apart from the downtowns of Bellevue or Seattle.

  • Downtown
  • Medina