Bellevue (map) is the fifth largest city in Washington State, with a population of 135,000 residents. Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland make up the core of the Eastside’s high-tech and retail hub. More than 140,000 jobs are located in Bellevue, which means that more people work within the city than reside in it. Bellevue’s downtown core provides office space for thousands of professionals as well as condominiums and apartments for people who want to live in an urban setting.
While downtown is bustling with business, shopping and top-notch restaurants, the city of Bellevue also retains a small-town ambiance. Thriving neighborhoods with healthy green belts, a vast network of green spaces, along with many parks and recreational facilities available within the city, highlights the beautiful attributes of the Pacific Northwest. Bellevue covers 31+ square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. The city is also short drive from the Cascade Mountains. A sampling of the popular Bellevue neighborhoods profiled on this site include Lakemont, Newport Shores, Somerset, West Bellevue, and Woodridge.
Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Downtown Bellevue.
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