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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1605 180th Ave NE
$525,000 + $248 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
1.75 baths
2,020 sqft
8,968 lot sqft
0 days on site
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5621 165th Place SE
$779,000
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4 beds
2.75 baths
2,829 sqft
8,469 lot sqft
0 days on site
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2244 132nd Ave SE Unit B307
$245,000 + $295 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
900 sqft
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0 days on site
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13204 SE 49th St
$1,268,800
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4 beds
4 baths
4,723 sqft
~1/2 acre
2 days on site
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424 102nd Ave SE Unit 108
$308,000 + $395 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,079 sqft
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2 days on site
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17271 NE 7th Place
$878,000
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6 beds
2.75 baths
3,560 sqft
11,000 lot sqft
1 days on site
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1804 161st Ave NE
$650,000
House
6 beds
3 baths
3,610 sqft
10,003 lot sqft
3 days on site
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15103 NE 12th St
$660,000
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6 beds
2.75 baths
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7,865 lot sqft
2 days on site
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12918 SE 5th Place
$849,950
House
4 beds
2.25 baths
2,330 sqft
10,451 lot sqft
3 days on site
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11250 SE 60th St
$899,000
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5 beds
3.5 baths
5,360 sqft
8,764 lot sqft
3 days on site
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16724 NE 22nd St
$650,000
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5 beds
2.5 baths
2,200 sqft
11,029 lot sqft
3 days on site
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11024 SE 25th St
$800,000
House
5 beds
2.5 baths
3,020 sqft
15,164 lot sqft
3 days on site
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14618 NE 10th St
$549,950
House
4 beds
2.5 baths
2,720 sqft
13,500 lot sqft
3 days on site
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514 142nd Ave SE Unit 100
$177,000 + $365 HOA /mo.
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Condo
1 beds
1 baths
790 sqft
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1 days on site
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12505 NE 23rd Place Unit A1
$265,000 + $379 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,206 sqft
~1 acre
3 days on site
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501 176th Lane NE
$650,000
House
4 beds
2.25 baths
2,660 sqft
~1/2 acre
0 days on site
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15314 SE 18th St
$549,950
Open House

Sun Oct 19th 2pm-4pm

House
4 beds
1.75 baths
1,710 sqft
8,947 lot sqft
2 days on site
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146 154th Place NE
$464,950
House
5 beds
2.25 baths
2,700 sqft
7,722 lot sqft
4 days on site
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1120 176th Ave NE
$600,000
House
5 beds
3 baths
2,600 sqft
9,350 lot sqft
4 days on site
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1654 103rd Ave SE
$975,000
House
5 beds
1.75 baths
2,780 sqft
11,000 lot sqft
4 days on site
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1017 156th Ave NE Unit A12
$199,950 + $424 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.5 baths
1,024 sqft
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1 days on site
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3200 108th Ave SE
$1,288,000
House
4 beds
2.5 baths
3,370 sqft
8,113 lot sqft
4 days on site
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6473 SE Cougar Mountain Wy
$485,000 + $446 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
2 beds
2.5 baths
1,823 sqft
- lot sqft
1 days on site
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4701 154th Place SE
$648,500
House
4 beds
2.25 baths
2,790 sqft
10,312 lot sqft
4 days on site
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5642 Lake Washington Blvd SE
$1,250,000
House
4 beds
2.75 baths
2,960 sqft
~4 acres
4 days on site