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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2580 118th St SE Unit 2-101
$285,000 + $439 HOA /mo.
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Sat Oct 25th 12pm-4pm

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2 beds
2.25 baths
1,105 sqft
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10570 NE 12th St Unit 101
$959,000 + $392 HOA /mo.
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Sun Oct 26th 1pm-4pm

Townhouse
2 beds
2.25 baths
2,200 sqft
2,043 lot sqft
1 days on site
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2248 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
$1,800,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,850 sqft
~1/2 acre
0 days on site
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1315 151st Place NE
$650,000
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4 beds
2.25 baths
2,140 sqft
8,000 lot sqft
0 days on site
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10452 SE 14 St
$1,050,000
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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,150 sqft
4,097 lot sqft
1 days on site
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11020 NE 15th St
$949,000
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3 beds
2 baths
1,913 sqft
10,260 lot sqft
0 days on site
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4613 121st Ave SE
$649,950
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3 beds
2.25 baths
2,240 sqft
12,059 lot sqft
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16260 NE 18th St
$624,900
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4 beds
2 baths
1,960 sqft
8,715 lot sqft
1 days on site
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2399 132nd Ave SE
$624,950 + $83 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
3.5 baths
3,100 sqft
2,722 lot sqft
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13605 SE 43rd St
$880,000
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3 beds
3.25 baths
3,190 sqft
12,769 lot sqft
1 days on site
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13216 SE 42nd Place
$688,800
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,410 sqft
~1/2 acre
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1990 134th Place SE
$985,000
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4 beds
3.5 baths
3,130 sqft
~1 acre
2 days on site
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15515 SE 50th St
$625,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
1,920 sqft
8,412 lot sqft
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6315 115th Ct SE
$330,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,300 sqft
11,500 lot sqft
1 days on site
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13408 SE 57th St
$759,000
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5 beds
2.5 baths
2,680 sqft
8,778 lot sqft
2 days on site
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3215 170th Ave NE
$550,000
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4 beds
2.25 baths
1,880 sqft
6,565 lot sqft
2 days on site
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12134 SE 44th Place
$450,000
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4 beds
2.25 baths
2,430 sqft
9,500 lot sqft
1 days on site
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12657 SE 60th St
$500,000
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Fri Oct 24th 10am-11am

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4 beds
2.25 baths
2,020 sqft
8,400 lot sqft
1 days on site
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16222 NE 27th St
$550,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,554 sqft
10,050 lot sqft
3 days on site
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10444 SE 24th Place
$1,749,990
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Sat Oct 25th 11am-5pm

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4 beds
4 baths
3,353 sqft
8,712 lot sqft
1 days on site
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4718 118th Ave SE
$500,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,430 sqft
~1/2 acre
0 days on site
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1225 140th Place NE
$440,000 + $100 HOA /mo.
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Sat Oct 25th 11am-2pm

Townhouse
3 beds
2.5 baths
1,510 sqft
2,001 lot sqft
2 days on site
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2387 140th Wy SE
$888,000
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Sun Oct 26th 1pm-3:30pm

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4 beds
3.5 baths
3,448 sqft
7,430 lot sqft
3 days on site
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831 126th Place NE Unit B-102
$225,000 + $346 HOA /mo.
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Sun Oct 26th 1:30pm-4pm

Condo
2 beds
1 baths
918 sqft
- lot sqft
4 days on site
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2300
$1,160,000 + $838 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,333 sqft
- lot sqft
1 days on site