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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2993 142nd Place SE Unit A
$225,000 + $227 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
751 sqft
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0 days on site
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3036 124th Ave NE
$600,000
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3 beds
2 baths
1,640 sqft
9,929 lot sqft
0 days on site
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12903 SE 38th St Unit 302
$179,950 + $299 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1 baths
563 sqft
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1335 99th Ave NE
$1,400,000
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3 beds
2 baths
1,330 sqft
9,729 lot sqft
0 days on site
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14615 NE 32nd St Unit D303
$138,600 + $237 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
680 sqft
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0 days on site
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6522 152nd Ave SE
$769,000
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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,900 sqft
9,525 lot sqft
1 days on site
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1605 144th Ave SE
$335,000
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3 beds
1 baths
1,200 sqft
9,750 lot sqft
2 days on site
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18510 NE 15th Pl
$725,000 + $238 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
2.5 baths
4,166 sqft
9,350 lot sqft
2 days on site
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14120 NE 7th Place Unit H-1
$278,800 + $234 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,057 sqft
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3 days on site
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500 106th Ave NE Unit 4105
$3,350,000 + $2,173 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2.5 baths
3,403 sqft
~2 acres
2 days on site
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4958 120th Ave SE
$525,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,070 sqft
10,150 lot sqft
4 days on site
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21 168th Ave NE
$472,000 + $275 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
3 baths
1,906 sqft
2,614 lot sqft
5 days on site
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12909 SE 69 Place SE
$575,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
3,340 sqft
12,500 lot sqft
1 days on site
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331 101st Ave SE Unit 301-D
$735,000 + $533 HOA /mo.
$15,000 Price drop Sep, 29
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,750 sqft
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3 days on site
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1515 150th Ave SE
$469,950
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3 beds
2 baths
1,570 sqft
7,320 lot sqft
4 days on site
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10452 SE 19th St
$2,379,000
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5 beds
4.25 baths
5,023 sqft
15,666 lot sqft
3 days on site
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9407 SE Shoreland Dr
$2,888,000
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4 beds
4.25 baths
5,820 sqft
15,408 lot sqft
6 days on site
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14600 NE 45 St Unit D11
$210,000 + $350 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,086 sqft
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1 days on site
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12214 SE 25th
$448,500 + $11 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
2 baths
2,180 sqft
10,575 lot sqft
5 days on site
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17011 NE 6th St
$665,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,450 sqft
6,930 lot sqft
4 days on site
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111 108th NE Unit B106
$448,000 + $460 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2 baths
1,015 sqft
- lot sqft
5 days on site
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16417 SE 39th Place
$899,000
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5 beds
3.5 baths
4,190 sqft
8,866 lot sqft
5 days on site
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12814 NE 36th St
$1,048,000 + $12 HOA /mo.
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Wed Oct 1st 12pm-2pm

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4 beds
2.5 baths
4,154 sqft
15,008 lot sqft
5 days on site
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4200 SE Factoria Blvd Unit B-9
$279,000 + $339 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1 baths
1,041 sqft
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0 days on site
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512 141st Ave SE Unit 56
$179,950 + $313 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
670 sqft
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0 days on site