Bellevue

Welcome to Bellevue 

Seattle’s neighbor to the east is a fabulous place to live, work, play, and experience the best the city and quieter, suburban life have to offer. Don’t let the location across the lake fool you - locals live an exciting urban life in the crème de la crème of Seattle neighborhoods. A bustling central business district and a continuous influx of high-end shops are balanced out by tranquil estates on generously sized lots toward the edges of the community. With downtown Seattle just 10 miles away, it’s no wonder so many actually prefer Bellevue over the central areas of the metropolis.

The region was first known for its berry farms, beautiful residential enclaves, and gorgeous scenery. Bellevue, French for “beautiful view,” was a hotspot for urban workers seeking peace and quiet away from city life. These commutes were made even easier after the completion of the Interstate 90 bridge. In modern times, most residents who are given the choice between residing on Seattle’s mainland versus Bellevue will choose the latter every day of the week and twice on Sunday for its perfect balance uniting a buzzing urban lifestyle and pin-quiet suburban tranquility.

 

What to Love

  • Perfectly balanced in-between lifestyle offering the best of both worlds
  • Internationally inspired restaurants, luxury shops, and outdoor adventures just steps from your front door
  • Cosmopolitan glamour without inner-city grit
  • Only 10 miles from downtown Seattle

 

Local Lifestyle

Most might say suburban life is a bit ho-hum. Fortunately, life in Bellevue could not be further away from this myth. Downtown Bellevue is the second-largest business district in the state with nearly 50,000 employees. A consistent winner on Money and USA Today’s lists of the best places to live, Bellevue is home to headquarters and offices for many large companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and more. Lively shopping plazas located throughout the community are buzzy spots for wine night, steaks, sushi, and other modern indulgences featuring fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

A cosmopolitan aesthetic has been brought to the heart of Bellevue with Daniel's Broiler, located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building. From here, patrons enjoy magnificent views of downtown, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. This high-end steakhouse boasts a lounge and live music to accompany prime steaks, seafood, and their award-winning wine selection. 

Another elevated dining experience is enjoyed at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi. The proud winner of several honors and accolades, Ascend has consistently been named one of Seattle’s best restaurants by Seattle Met, Sip Northwest Magazine, and Eater, among several others. Sweeping, panoramic views serve as the perfect backdrop to partner with perfected favorites such as king crab ceviche, wagyu burgers, and a wide variety of both traditional and refined sushi creations.

A diverse menu of hip dishes and craft cocktails has brought JOEY a loyal following over the years. Fish tacos, sushi, braised short ribs, and other upscale lounge bites are the perfect precedent for their delectable desserts. The individually baked apple pie, topped with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, is a favorite among locals and arguably the best way to top off an evening out.

All-American favorites made with fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients are the specialty at 520 Bar & Grill. Crabcakes, almond-crusted whitefish, and ahi tuna bites are popular offerings, but their weekend brunch reigns supreme. The 520 French toast, definitely one of the more decadent creations, is topped with a housemaid English toffee macadamia nut syrup and served with all the traditional accouterment.

 

Explore my collection of favorite restaurants in Bellevue.

 

Things To Do

Bellevue’s colorful lifestyle is evenly matched by the high number of parks, trails, and greenbelts throughout the community. Kelsey Creek Park is home to 150 acres of lush forests and native wildlife, allowing residents access to a tucked-away adventure off the beaten path. Nearby, the Bellevue Botanical Garden stretches across 53 acres - quite a bit larger than the original seven-and-a-half-acre arboretum site. Throughout the year, the Garden offers a variety of horticultural classes to the public and hosts other festive events such as an extravagant holiday light display. While downtown Seattle is only a short drive across Lake Washington, most find it unnecessary to stray too far. Bellevue is plentiful with luxurious day spas, locally-owned coffee shops, and a lively cultural scene. 

 

Explore my collection of favorite outdoor spots & festivities in Bellevue.

 

Schools

Bellevue’s local schools are second-to-none. A few upstanding examples include: 

  • Bellevue School District, kindergarten-12th grade; one of Washington's most acclaimed school districts boast some of the area’s best STEM programs, several National Merit Scholars, and has been named the second-best public district in the state by Niche.com
  • Bellevue Christian School, prekindergarten-12th grade; also highly rated by Niche.com, BCS is one of the state’s and nation’s best-performing private schools with a stellar college prep program
 
 
 
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