West Bellevue (map) is at the heart of the city’s center. The name “Bellevue” is French for “beautiful view”. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live in the nation by USA Today. It has grown exponentially with a mix of attractive neighborhoods and a downtown core comprised of high-rise, mixed-use buildings and a thriving regional retail center. Bellevue is the second largest city center, and the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities, in the state of Washington.
The addition of many new high-rise condominium and apartments over the past decade has changed the scene in downtown Bellevue making it a very hip, walkable, and vibrant part of the Eastside. Many highly-desirable, longstanding and well-maintained single-family neighborhoods snuggle in to the north and south of downtown. The Mercer Slough Park and Bellevue Downtown Park are public open space landmarks of West Bellevue.
Known for its luxury retail, Bellevue is a premier shopping destination. The Bellevue Collection encompass three properties: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place, connected by two sky bridges and including over 250 stores, 45-plus dining venues, a theatre, art museum, and lovely public spaces to gather. The Shops At Bravern offers an ultra-luxury outdoor shopping experience with cozy fireplaces to gather with friends. Main Street, often called Old Bellevue, is a thriving retail area with unique shops and restaurants and newer, mixed-use buildings.
Foodies are naturally drawn to Bellevue’s dining scene due to its renowned dining options. Diners appreciate the celebrated cuisine of award-winning chefs and the diversity of Bellevue’s restaurants. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, ranging from food trucks and casual sandwich places to 4-star chef owned restaurants, meal options are almost endless!
Bellevue’s schools are consistently rated among the best in the country. Student enrollment is approximately 20,000 students. The school district employs approximately 2,000 people, which includes 1,100 teachers. Of those teachers, more are National Board Certified than another other district in Washington State and over 75% hold a Master’s Degree. The school district’s curriculum is connected across all grades, is anchored to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at high school level, and the college prep track is the default curriculum.
Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Beaux Arts Village in West Bellevue.
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