13 things to know about Bellevue

Bellevue

1.Highly recommended:

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Bellevue was named number one in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business in 2008. In 2010 the city was again ranked as the fourth best place to live in America. Bellevue also made sixth place on Estately’s list ranking Washington’s 20 biggest cities for family friendliness.

2. Diverse community:

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According to the school district’s website, more than 80 languages are spoken in the Bellevue School District, with 30 percent of students speaking a first language other than English.

3. Bellevue’s got Heart (the band):

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Bellevue’s notable residents include co-founders of the rock band heart, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, the president and CEO of Alaska Airlines, William S. Ayer, and Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger.

4. Bellevue is better than Redmond:

Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Redmond may host the Microsoft headquarters, but the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, his wife and three kids all call Bellevue home.

5. Getting schooled:

Bellevue schools

Bellevue has the third best schools of Washington’s 20 biggest cities. Its schools received an average rating of 8.1 from Greatschools.org. Newsweek's 2013 ranking of U.S. public high schools places five of Bellevue's high schools in the top 1500 public high schools in the nation.

6. Bend it like Bellevue:

Rod Mar photograph, Sounders fan

The head coach of the Seattle Sounders FC Sigi Schmid lives in Bellevue. He became the head coach in 2009. He has the most coaching wins in MLS history and was the recipient of the MLS Coach of the Year Award in 1999 and 2008.

7. Badminton Club:

Bellevue Badminton Club

Bellevue has its own Badminton club that has sent junior members to represent the U.S. in a number of tournaments. At the 2014 Junior Nationals Bellevue secured six medal finishes.

8. Room to breath:

Bellevue Botanical Garden map

Bellevue has the most parks per capita of the 20 biggest cities in Washington. It is also home to the Bellevue Botanical gardens that encompasses 53-acres of gardens, and restored and natural wetlands.

9. Not so walk-able:

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Bellevue ranks eighth for shortest commute with an average commute of 21.8 minutes, just over three minutes shorter than Seattle's. This is a boon to its residents since the city’s overall walk score is 38, according to WalkScore.com most errands require a car. However, downtown Bellevue has a significantly better score of 77.

10. This city’s on fire:

Burning building

Bellevue has the second lowest crime rate per capita of Washington’s 20 biggest cities, behind Redmond. The crime that ranked highest per capita was arson, at 10th on the list, so keep a fire extinguisher handy.

11. Artist’s haven:

Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition

Bellevue is the site of the popular annual BAM ARTSfair (originally Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair), held since 1947 at the end of July. The fair features over 300 local artists and admission is free. Bellevue also hosts the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition. In 2014 the exhibition featured more than 30 sculptures and installations, all within the walking route from City Hall to Bellevue Downtown Park.

12. Delicious history:

Bellevue Strawberry festival

In celebration of its strawberry farming history Bellevue hosts an annual Strawberry Festival complete with music, carnival games and a strawberry shortbread eating contest.

13. Pricey homes:

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Despite Bellevue’s median income of $88,073, only 11.9% of homes on the market are within the average resident’s budget at the listing price of $394,628 or below.

Bellevue Real Estate & Homes for Sale

Bellevue Real Estate & Homes for Sale

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16585 SE 56th Place
$849,900 + $355 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,260 sqft
11,232 lot sqft
0 days on site
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13985 SE 20th Lane Unit 2
$1,059,995 + $70 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,232 sqft
7,506 lot sqft
0 days on site
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12112 SE 26th St
$524,950
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,640 sqft
13,775 lot sqft
0 days on site
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14239 Lake Hills Blvd
$499,000
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3 beds
1 baths
1,250 sqft
7,841 lot sqft
0 days on site
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3110 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE Unit 15
$398,000 + $480 HOA /mo.
Condo
0 beds
0 baths
1,470 sqft
~3 acres
0 days on site
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3018 128th Ave SE Unit 15
$336,900 + $477 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2 baths
983 sqft
- lot sqft
0 days on site
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14037 SE 20th Lane Unit 5
$959,995 + $70 HOA /mo.
$9,000,000 Price drop Nov, 21
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,878 sqft
9,572 lot sqft
0 days on site
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410 98th Ave NE
$899,999
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2 beds
1 baths
1,140 sqft
7,800 lot sqft
0 days on site
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14636 NE 45th St Unit C1
$139,000 + $279 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
833 sqft
~10 acres
0 days on site
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511 100th Ave NE Unit 101
$449,000 + $401 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
998 sqft
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1 days on site
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1420 Bellevue Wy SE Unit 3
$400,000 + $268 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.5 baths
1,140 sqft
~3/4 acre
0 days on site
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1643 177 Ave NE
$578,950
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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3 beds
2.25 baths
1,790 sqft
12,000 lot sqft
1 days on site
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14555 NE 32nd St Unit F-201
$119,000 + $340 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1 baths
889 sqft
- lot sqft
1 days on site
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6311 139th Place SE
$929,000 + $19 HOA /mo.
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,910 sqft
10,189 lot sqft
1 days on site
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11262 SE 34th St
$1,998,000
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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5 beds
4.5 baths
4,650 sqft
11,775 lot sqft
1 days on site
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1324 102nd Ave NE
$848,500
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4 beds
2.75 baths
2,580 sqft
7,630 lot sqft
2 days on site
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6521 127th Place SE
$549,800 + $140 HOA /mo.
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,290 sqft
5,089 lot sqft
1 days on site
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$799,995
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8 beds
5.25 baths
3,300 sqft
15,600 lot sqft
2 days on site
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1337 102nd Ave NE
$1,188,000
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-4pm

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4 beds
1.75 baths
2,360 sqft
8,286 lot sqft
2 days on site
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14707 44th Place NE Unit Q7
$229,900 + $328 HOA /mo.
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Sat Nov 22nd 1pm-3pm

Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,051 sqft
~10 acres
2 days on site
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1750 152ND Ave NE Unit C-203
$210,000 + $1,138 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,324 sqft
- lot sqft
0 days on site
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1750 152nd Ave NE Unit C202
$170,000 + $790 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1 baths
952 sqft
~1/2 acre
0 days on site
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14556 NE 31st St Unit G-104
$117,000 + $271 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
680 sqft
- lot sqft
1 days on site
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2301 137th Place SE
$575,000
Open House

Sat Nov 22nd 12pm-4pm

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5 beds
2.5 baths
2,800 sqft
8,910 lot sqft
3 days on site
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14013 SE 20 Lane Unit 4
$1,049,995 + $70 HOA /mo.
Open House

Sat Nov 22nd 10am-5pm

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5 beds
2.75 baths
3,232 sqft
7,475 lot sqft
4 days on site