Located east of Seattle on the SR 520 corridor (map) and surrounded by lush evergreens and and beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains, Redmond is known for its natural beauty. The city’s roots go back the lumber industry which settled in Redmond due to the abundance of trees. Today, it is a lovely city with 34 parks and 25+ miles of trails. Plus, due to its convenient location within 20 minutes of Seattle, or a short ride away from the pass and great skiing, Redmond is a terrific place for outdoor enthusiasts to call home. It’s Lake Washington School District is among the very best in the region.
Redmond has 11 distinct neighborhood areas. The Downtown and Overlake neighborhood are home to the city’s urban areas. Bear Creek, Sammamish Valley, Southeast Redmond, and Willows/Rose Hill neighborhoods are mixed use areas which include business parks, industrial & manufacturing, along with residential. Education Hill, Grass Lawn, Idylwood, and North Redmond are predominantly residential neighborhoods. Overlake Village, an upcoming transit-oriented development is the newest neighborhood formed in Redmond. Redmond has a population of approximately 46,000 residents, and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Washington State.
Marymoor Regional Park, managed by King County, is a 640 acre park with an abundance of play fields, mainly soccer fields, ball fields, and lighted tennis courts nestled in the Sammamish Valley between SR 520 and Lake Sammamish. Marymoor also includes a well-utilized 35-foot, free-standing climbing structure, radio-controlled airplane field, and the Velodrome bicycle track for organized racing. Dog enthusiasts, and their canine companions, have a blast at the off-leash exercise area. Hikers enjoy the connecting paths which lead to the Sammamish River Trail and the Bridle Crest Trail. Marymoor is also a popular 5,000-person concert venue which hosts an annual summer concert series. It’s a community fixture which offers something special to Redmond residents.
Redmond is synonymous with the world-renowned company Microsoft headquartered there. The Redmond campus sits on 300+ acres with 14,000+ offices throughout its vast expanse of buildings. Greenery is a cornerstone of the campus, including manicured lawns, native plants and flowers. Other internationally renowned businesses with a presence in Redmond include Nintendo, Genie Industries, Honeywell and AT&T.
The busy Redmond Town Center in the heart of the downtown neighborhood, is an outdoor mall which houses a variety of stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and businesses. Located at 7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond Town Center is easily accessible from SR 520 and Redmond Way, near Redmond’s downtown core.
From Redmond’s lumber and shingle mills roots, to today, where tech companies have positioned Redmond as one of the world’s leading technology centers, Redmond has become a city its residents sincerely enjoy. It is a place where quality of life is cherished and nurtured.
Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Redmond.
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