Whether you’re looking for a bustling city atmosphere or a quiet country refuge, the communities that constitute “the Eastside” (east of Lake Washington) offer diverse choices. Eastside residents enjoy easy access to both work and play.
Washington’s fifth-largest city encompasses 31 square miles at the crossroads of the Eastside. Bellevue has a diverse economy with a broadening mix of high-tech firms, professional services, retail, and manufacturing. Many of these businesses are found in the growing downtown neighborhood, along with parks, museums, excellent shopping, and condominiums.
Incorporated in 1913, Duvall is a small but diverse town, rich in history and tradition. Residents provide a cross-section of occupations and cultures. While basically agricultural, Duvall is fast becoming a favorite residential community.
Small-town ambiance seems to make a permanent home in Issaquah, a city with turn-of-the-century origins. At the south end of Lake Sammamish, 16 miles east of Seattle, Issaquah is rich in Northwest heritage and natural beauty. Issaquah is known as a thriving business center. Yet, the city retains its small-town character with specialty boutiques, unique galleries, and antique shops.
This vibrant waterfront community offers a blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining, and boutique shopping. Home to the only downtown on Lake Washington, Kirkland also has more waterfront parks and beaches than any other city in the Puget Sound region. In 2014, Money Magazine ranked Kirkland the no. 5 best places to live in America.
Unique among Seattle’s neighboring cities, Mercer Island is a residential community located in the middle of Lake Washington. The island is a beautiful area that retains a rural feeling, yet is just a bridge away from two major metropolitan hubs, Seattle and Bellevue.
Redmond has evolved into a thriving center of business and community life while retaining the flavor of its rural past. In 2014, Sunset Magazine named Redmond the number one choice on the “Best Places To Live and Work” List. Redmond is home to several nationally and internationally recognized companies, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Genie Industries, AT&T, and SpaceX.
Nestled between Issaquah and Redmond on “the Plateau,” Sammamish has blended small-town atmosphere with suburban character and created a great place for families to live. From tree-lined streets to upscale neighborhoods with tight covenants and private security, Sammamish offers an assortment of residential neighborhoods from which to choose. Recreational options are also varied – from fishing, swimming, boating and golf – there are activities for all ages to enjoy.
The Snoqualmie Valley is a fast-growing region. Once a rural farming area, the valley is also home to many people who choose to commute to jobs in Bellevue and Seattle. The growing cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie, and Carnation, as well as the communities of Fall City and Preston, are all located in the valley.
Woodinville is part of the Eastside technology corridor, one of the fastest-growing business and industrial areas in the region. Yet, the city offers a small-town character and lifestyle to its residents. Home to world-class wineries, Woodinville is also a premier tourist destination.