Neighborhood Review: Redmond, Bellevue, and Issaquah
If you’re looking to distance yourself from the intensity and overwhelming traffic that comes with living in the city of Seattle, you might want to consider looking just a few minutes east to a few neighboring cities that are getting more and more popular every year. The demand for real estate continues to increase in Redmond, Bellevue, and Issaquah, and looking at the neighborhoods, it’s not hard to see why. Here’s a brief overview of what each neighborhood has to offer:
Redmond: Known to most as the home of Microsoft, Redmond is a beautiful city. With its beautiful parks and the Sammamish River Trail running right through the middle of the city, there’s plenty to do outdoors. The downtown area is home to many great bars and restaurants with the Redmond Town Center shopping plaza standing as its biggest attraction. While each of Redmond’s neighborhoods are distinct and appealing, the biggest problem the city seems to face is construction. With new condominiums going up year round, the construction (especially near downtown) can be a nuisance at times. But overall, Redmond is an amazing place to live with very friendly people.
Bellevue: With its high rise buildings and skyscrapers, visitors are always confusing Bellevue for Seattle. It’s a large city with a very diverse population. The downtown area is packed with trendy restaurants as well as the Bellevue Square mall, one of the most popular malls in the state. While its size allows for many different neighborhood options, there are minor crime issues in certain neighborhoods that you’ll want to be on the lookout for. If you’re looking for that big city feel without actually being a big city; Bellevue is your kind of place.
Issaquah: Recently many people have been migrating from Seattle to the lovely city of Issaquah to the east. With some of the best scenic and mountain views in the area, Issaquah’s popularity continues to rise every year. Here, you’re just minutes away from great hiking, trails, and a vibrant downtown area. The commute can be a little daunting at times on the highways (depending on the places you frequent), but luckily there are roads that run along each side of Lake Sammamish to give you a detour if need be. If you’re looking for a more quiet place to live that features amazing scenery, Issaquah might appeal to you the best.
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