Bellvues' name means "beautiful view", and this city does have unquestionably gorgeous scenery. But there's more to Bellevue, Washington than just pretty surroundings. It's just across Lake Washington from Seattle, but Bellevue is a major city in its own right. It's been consistently named one of the nicest places in America both to live and start a business by major magazines. And today, Bellevue is the second ranked metropolitan area in the state for economic development and new business growth. But of course, in order to call an area home, it has to be livable as well as workable. Fortunately, the city offers a number of living options in great neighborhoods. Read on to find out about three of them.
One of Bellevue's most affluent neighborhoods, there's not much that this community doesn't offer in terms of dining, shopping, the arts, and recreation, both indoors and out. Like other communities in this part of the Pacific Northwest, the Downtown area is very "green", meaning that it's also very bicycle friendly. The area also accommodates car traffic, as well as offering ample public transit. There are many restaurants here, featuring Asian and American cuisine. Retailers in this neighborhood tend to be trendy and high-end, with names like Burberry and Nordstrom. Downtown Park and the Bellevue Arts Museum are both located here, with the museum offering modern art exhibits, a sculpture garden, and classes. A neighborhood best suited to upscale young professionals and retirees. Apartments range from $1,500 - $10,000 depending on size and amenities, and homes are limited to condominiums and apartments, and average $660,000 .
This neighborhood is located at the edge of the Downtown one, meaning that residents here can enjoy all of the Downtown amenities and excitement, in a slightly more relaxed environment. The average age of residents is fifty, and they appreciate the Meydenbauer area's walkability and low crime rate. There are plenty of trendy dining and shopping opportunities here. And because this neighborhood is located between the huge Downtown Park and Meydenbauer Bay, outdoor land and water recreation abounds, including ferry service to Seattle across the lake. There are no schools located in the immediate Meydenbauer neighborhood. Apartments range from $1,035 - $2,745 depending on size and amenities, and homes average over $1,000,000.
Eastgate is one of Bellevue's more recent neighborhoods, having been annexed by the city in 2012. This neighborhood is almost entirely residential, and probably the most "family friendly" one described here. Eastgate hosts two separate school districts, and has a number of elementary schools, several middle schools, and a high school. Major roadway I-90 runs to the north and east of this neighborhood, providing fast access to dining and shopping opportunities elsewhere in Bellevue. The area provides some limited outdoor recreation opportunities, such as the Eastgate community park, and a zoo and lakeside Vaca Park are easily accessible via I-90. Apartments range from $1,175 - $2,850 depending on size and amenities, and homes here are on the more expensive side and average around $730,000. Several upscale housing developments can be found here as well.