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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1222 169th Ave NE
$625,000
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4 beds
1.75 baths
1,900 sqft
7,500 lot sqft
0 days on site
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6628 114th Ave SE
$485,000 + $445 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2.25 baths
1,860 sqft
2,670 lot sqft
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13140 SE 26th St
$650,000 + $150 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
2.5 baths
1,730 sqft
2,631 lot sqft
0 days on site
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5618 140th Place SE
$718,800
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4 beds
3 baths
2,600 sqft
10,232 lot sqft
1 days on site
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10454 NE 16th Place
$898,000
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,540 sqft
9,874 lot sqft
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110934 (Lot 4) SE 54th Lane
$918,950
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,102 sqft
6,200 lot sqft
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4718 118th Ave SE
$450,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,430 sqft
~1/2 acre
1 days on site
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10101 SE 3rd St Unit 307
$385,000 + $441 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
1,268 sqft
~3/4 acre
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2107
$1,070,000 + $958 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,539 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2100
$940,000 + $838 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,333 sqft
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16110 NE 15th St
$369,000 + $334 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
2 baths
1,280 sqft
~6 acres
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1806
$670,000 + $617 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1.5 baths
1,008 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1906
$680,000 + $617 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1.5 baths
1,008 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1808
$560,000 + $501 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1.5 baths
808 sqft
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10650 NE 9th Place Unit 1927
$899,000 + $806 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,277 sqft
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1 days on site
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1900
$890,000 + $838 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,333 sqft
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1 days on site
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1902
$770,000 + $713 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,173 sqft
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2 days on site
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2691 168th Ave SE
$660,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,030 sqft
9,032 lot sqft
0 days on site
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2103
$890,000 + $825 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,311 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1802
$750,000 + $745 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,173 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 1903
$860,000 + $826 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,311 sqft
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2106
$699,000 + $617 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1.5 baths
1,008 sqft
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1 days on site
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10650 NE 9th Place Unit 1824
$940,000 + $901 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,441 sqft
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1 days on site
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10610 NE 9th Place Unit 2007
$1,050,000 + $958 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,539 sqft
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1 days on site
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10650 NE 9th Place Unit 1726
$899,000 + $873 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,394 sqft
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1 days on site