12 Things You Should Know Before Living in Redmond

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1. Bicycle Capital of the Northwest

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Redmond earned its nickname as Bicycle Capital of the Northwest through hosting its annual bike race on city streets and being home to the state's only velodrome, which hosts the FSA Star Crossed - Redmond cyclo-cross competition in September.

2. Washington Tech Mecca

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Redmond is the home of both Microsoft and Nintendo of America. The number one employer in the area, Microsoft has over 40,000 full-time workers and more than 8 million square feet (750,000 square meters) of office space. Nintendo is the sixth largest employer in the area.

3. Beam Me Up Redmond

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James Doohan, famous for playing Scotty in the television series Star Trek, lived in Redmond until his death in 2005. Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, who was also the vocalist and guitarist for Sleater-Kinney, grew up in Redmond.

4. Home of Derby Days

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Redmond Derby Days is a community festival held every July. It began as a race around Lake Sammamish called the Redmond Bicycle Derby in 1939, and has expanded to include a bicycle criterium, parade, and entertainment stages. It also includes a carnival with rides and attractions, located at Redmond Elementary.

5. Marymoor Park

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The largest park in the city, Marymoor Park is one of the most popular in King County. It features a climbing rock, a model airplane flying field, a 48-acre off-leash dog park, an outdoor theater, sports fields such as baseball and soccer, a playground, tennis courts, a community garden, cricket pitch, and the velodrome. Redmond has 23 developed public parks, totaling over a thousand acres

6. Summer Concert Series

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Marymoor Park's amphitheater hosts an annual summer series of concerts. Artists ranging from Norah Jones and Peter, Paul & Mary to the Flaming Lips and Duran Duran have taken the stage. When visiting the Seattle area, Cirque du Soleil sets up its tents in Marymoor.

7. Best School District

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Redmond has the top rated public schools of the 20 biggest cities in Washington with an average score of 8.5 from Greatschools.org. The city is full of smart kids and teachers.

8. Low Crime Rates

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Of Washington's 20 biggest cities Redmond has the lowest crime rate. It ranked lowest for all categories of crime in the FBI's crime report, with the exception of ranking second lowest for larceny.

9. Car Dependency

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While Redmond is a mostly car-dependent city with a walk score of 34 from walkscore.com, its residents have a relatively short average commute to work. Redmond has the sixth shortest commute of the 20 biggest cities in Washington with an average commute of 20.7 minutes. This is 4.4 minutes less than Seattle residents, which ads up to nearly 40 hours each year. So, living in Redmond is basically like having an extra week off of work.

10. Expensive Housing

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Real estate in the area is relatively expensive with just 12.7 percent of homes on the market listed at or below the price affordable for a family earning the median income in the area. Redmond's median income is $96,088 yearly making the average family able to afford a house costing $430,585.

11. First in Mountain Climbing

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The views of the Cascades must have inspired Redmond resident Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to climb Mt. Everest. Following his ascent in 1963, he was given a ticker tape parade down Redmond Way and was designated honorary Mayor of Redmond.

12. Behind the Scenes

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If you're a fan of early 90's TV then you're in luck. The series Northern Exposure was filmed in Redmond and its sound stage was located there as well.

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2,620 sqft
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$429,950 + $360 HOA /mo.
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3,270 sqft
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17167 NE 117th St
$812,950 + $80 HOA /mo.
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3 baths
2,709 sqft
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8545 166th Ave NE Unit C-117
$240,000 + $307 HOA /mo.
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$369,950 + $335 HOA /mo.
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2.5 baths
1,400 sqft
~3 acres
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11420 177th Place NE
$800,000
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3.5 baths
3,190 sqft
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$335,000 + $454 HOA /mo.
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1,289 sqft
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$259,900 + $412 HOA /mo.
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17310 NE 45th St
$200,000 + $285 HOA /mo.
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$209,950 + $345 HOA /mo.
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$879,900 + $82 HOA /mo.
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3.5 baths
3,237 sqft
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3.25 baths
3,596 sqft
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$192,500 + $502 HOA /mo.
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1.5 baths
995 sqft
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3.75 baths
3,452 sqft
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