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Buying a Home On The East Side of Seattle

Matt Warmack

Matt is the reason we’re all here—to help Seattle home owners and buyers achieve their goals.

Feb 6 4 minutes read

The East Side of Seattle is nestled in the lush and beautiful landscape that Washington has to offer. The towns of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond each offer tons of outdoor activities, indoor activities, culture, unique restaurants and shopping for all ages. While there has been a lot of growth in these towns they have not lost their historic charm and uniqueness. For people looking to get away from living in the fast pace of downtown Seattle the East side offers natural beauty and serenity while not sacrificing convenient accessibility to downtown Seattle events and jobs. The wine country is an easy drive from each of the cities in the East Side area offering a perfect setting for the wine enthusiast.

East Side Seattle offers more value per square foot both on the property and the home than the downtown neighborhoods of Seattle. For families with children the East Side neighborhoods are even more attractive due to their excellent schools, some ranking at the top of all schools in the nation. The East Side offers many options for neighborhoods built in the 70's and 80's, many of which are now updated. For people who love newer subdivisions there are also many to choose from in Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond.

Kirkland is a city of over 87,000 people spread throughout 13 neighborhoods. It is a blend of condos, and homes ranging in price from entry-level to multi-million dollar waterfront estates. The diversity is what makes Kirkland what it is offering summer outdoor concert series, water sports, hiking, beautiful landmarks, farmers markets, waterfront dining and shopping, art galleries, public art installations and bridle trails. Kirkland is home to the most waterfront parks in Puget Sound. It is also home to 39 parks, 11 hiking and walking trails as well as Bridle Trails State park. This active community often feels like one big family, welcoming you in when you arrive.

 Bellevue, which means beautiful view, was voted by USA today as the 2nd best place to live in 2014. It is not surprising when one visits the plethora of parks, beaches, and historic areas on Main Street. While Bellevue is Seattle's largest suburb it has still maintained its natural beauty offering an abundance of green spaces with over 100 parks in the town. In Bellevue you can find everything from ball fields to beach parks to hiking trails if you are the outdoors type. If you prefer to spend your days people watching then Old Bellevue, with its old fashioned lampposts, brick sidewalks unique restaurants and boutiques are the perfect place to be. Culture is not lacking in Bellevue either with the beautiful 36 acre botanical gardens, the Theatre at the Medenbauer Center or the yearly art festivals. The quiet neighborhoods offer a respite from busydowntown Seattle. The city of over 136,000 people is made up of condos, singlefamily homes, golf communities and luxury estates. Many neighborhoods evenoffer gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, the Olympic Mountains or LakeSammamish. 

 

Located only 16 miles fromdowntown Seattle Redmond is home to over 59,000 people. Bellevue is the bikecapital of the Northeast and hosts the only velodrome in Washington. Redmondproudly offers an abundance of outdoor activities like concerts, hiking andcamping in its many parks. There are over 100 art installations throughout thecommunity for the art enthusiast to enjoy and explore. It is the home ofNintendo and  Microsoft. As with Kirkland and Bellevue, Redmond offers anytype of home from entry-level condo to multi-million dollar estates. There istruly something for everyone in the beautiful city which is nestled alongsidethe Sammamish river. 


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