Bellevue means “beautiful view,” but this second largest city center in the state and sixth wealthiest town makes quite a statement as it rivals Seattle with its urban skyline across Lake Washington. The shopping destination of Bellevue Square, the growing and expanding university, and the health care and high tech complexes map an impressive cityscape over the rolling green hillsides.
Bellevue’s distinctive neighborhoods offer varied architecture and purpose. Newport Hills, Woodridge Hill and Somerset Hill command unmatched views. The small enclave of Vuecrest gives the impression that you are on top of the world with views of Lake Washington, Seattle, and the mountains. And protected covenants assure you of those views’ longevity while still affording you walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Yet densely populated and diverse Crossroads in East Bellevue consists of large apartment complexes and a commercial district with regular stage entertainment and many community events. Established neighborhoods vie with new construction and golf course communities in Bellevue.
Your days can be spent wandering the Bellevue Botanical Garden, the Bellevue Arts Museum, or Kidspace Children’s Museum, while your evenings might find you at the Meydenbauer Center for a live performance. Wintergrass and Jazz and Blues festivals and Bellevue Magic Season and Snowflake Lane to Taste of Main and the historic Strawberry Festival in the summer offer residents year-round activity.
With 2,500 acres of parks, trails, and green space, it is no wonder Bellevue is called “A City in a Park.”