Location is Everything

The ‘perfect’ home isn’t exactly perfect if it’s located two hours from where you work.

Finding the ‘perfect’ home involves more than just the home.

One of the hardest things about searching for a home is knowing how the neighborhood will fit you. Here we have compiled a list of local communities and the things that make them stand out to help you explore what’s possible.

 
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Kirkland

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Belleuve

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Redmond

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Seattle


 

Founded in 1888, Kirkland, Washington is located in King County and is the sixth largest city in the county with a population of just under 90,000 people.

With close proximity to Seattle, and Bellevue, Kirkland is a popular choice for professionals and executives with a commute they desire to keep short. Kirkland is also a part of the excellent Lake Washington School district.

 

Entertainment/Dining - Kirkland

Entertainment/Dining

Park Lane - Downtown Kirkland

Food, Drinks, and Fun are what downtown Kirkland is known for. Ice cream or Gelato? Whiskey Bar or Craft Mexican Cantina? Handmade Lemonade year round? Your answer could be yes to all of the above.

The city of Kirkland is a local destination for nightlife and great food. There are as many choices as the entire east side offers in an area with easy walking access, water frontage, and a nostalgic small town feeling throughout. Kirkland is a local hot-spot year round for good reason.


Outdoor Activities - Kirkland

Outdoor Activities

Marina Park - Downtown Kirkland

Kirkland Parks & Recreation has more than a few parks to offer. With its proximity to Lake Washington, there are many waterfront parks lining Kirkland’s historic downtown neighborhood.

Marina park has a large public dock with moorage, a large community gazebo and ample water frontage.


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Transportation

The Kirkland Transit Center is located in Downtown Kirkland just 3 blocks from Marina Park. The center serves seven Metro routes and one Sound Transit route.

The Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail is a 5.75 mile trail that spans the city and connects many businesses, park and rides, and residences for access by walking or cycling.

Kirkland also offers bike lanes on almost every arterial street, and has access from its beautiful downtown to the 520 Floating Bridge trail by bicycle.



 

Settled in 1869, Bellevue is a long-standing suburb of Seattle. When the SR-520 Floating Bridge opened in 1963, Bellevue went from a sleepy town across the lake from Seattle, to a booming suburb that offered a fifteen minute drive into downtown.

Today, Bellevue has a population of over 140,000 and the downtown area alone is home to over 1,250 businesses. Downtown Bellevue is well known for its high-end atmosphere. From the shops at the Bellevue Collection, to the widespread views of the lake and mountains, Bellevue is one of the most sought after places to live in the state of Washington.

 

Entertainment/Dining - Bellevue

Entertainment/Dining

NE 7th St & Bellevue Way

Bellevue boasts some of the most luxurious appointments the Seattle area has to offer.

Whether you want to watch a movie with full drink/food service at the Cinemark Reserve, have dinner  with a view at Ascend, or shop at one of the Bravern’s fine shops, the sheer choice of engaging activities with a boutique touch is an attraction of its own.

Living in the downtown neighborhood means you’re within walking distance of the most luxurious urban center in Washington State.


Outdoor Activities - Bellevue

Outdoor Activities

Bellevue Park

Bellevue has 90+ parks, surpassing 2,500 acres of space dedicated to parks and recreation with over 80 miles of trails for walking and cycling.

Downtown Park (pictured) is a 21 acre oasis in the center of the city full of a large grass field, children’s play area, and a beautiful man-made waterfall.

Public boat launches and beaches are also a part of Bellevue’s Lake Washington waterfront allowing residents to enjoy the beautiful lake year round.


Transportation - Bellevue

Transportation

The Bellevue Transit Center is located on 6th Street between 108th and 110th AVE NE. The Bellevue Transit Center has 12 bus bays, and service to almost every part of the Seattle metro area.

Bellevue is a Lime-Bike City, which means Lime-Bikes are conveniently parked at most street corners for use.

Electric car charging stations are abundant across the city as well as a Tesla charging center at Bellevue Square Mall.

Bellevue is in between I-90, SR-520, and I-405, providing easy access to major freeways.


 

Incorporated in 1912, Redmond started off as a pioneer town with logging, fishing, and agriculture being its primary sources of income for residents. After the SR-520 floating bridge was built, Redmond grew as a suburb town for Seattle.

In 1986, Microsoft made Redmond it’s home, which is now responsible for much of the town’s growth due to employing over 45,000 full time employees. Today, it is a beautiful urban/suburban home to over 65,000 residents.

 

Entertainment/Dining - Redmond

Entertainment/Dining

Cleveland St.

Redmond has an excellent coffee culture, with diverse choices ranging from drive-through coffee, to craft coffee shops with a focus on relaxing.

There are great places to eat in downtown. Tipsy Cow, Matador, and Hoffman’s Bakery are all right off of Cleveland Street, and represent excellent choices for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our favorites are listed here.


Outdoor Activities - Redmond

Outdoor Activities

Downtown Park

Redmond, Washington is an excellent place to go outside. Home of the famous Marymoor Park, which is a 640 acre sprawling piece of land on the north point of Lake Sammamish, citizens of Redmond get to enjoy the rock climbing facility, outdoor concerts and events, and various sports fields.

The Sammamish River walking/cycling trail also runs through Redmond and offers options for both recreation, and transportation between neighboring towns. Downtown also contains beautiful parks and green spaces.


Transportation - Redmond

Transportation

Redmond Transit Center

The Redmond Transit Center is located within walking/cycling distance of most downtown condominium communities, and its three story parking garage provides abundant parking for those living out of walking distance.

The 520 trail provides a direct shot to Microsoft from downtown by bicycle, and the Sammamish River Trail provides access from downtown Redmond all the way to Kenmore.


 

Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington. With over 700,000 residents, it makes up nearly ten percent of Washington State’s seven and a half million person population. Seattle was incorporated in 1869 and quickly grew in population size due to railways, and gold rushes in the late 1800s.

It is now recognized as the birthplace of Starbucks, home to Amazon, Microsoft, and is a prominent tech capital of the world. There are over 100 prominent neighborhoods in Seattle, and countless activities, and histories within each one. Seattle is a home to near-endless exploration.

 

Entertainment/Dining - Seattle

Entertainment/Dining

Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel is a 175 foot tall ferris wheel located on Pier 57 along Seattle’s historic waterfront. The Metropolitan Grill is a local favorite steakhouse located on Second Avenue in downtown offering fine dining in a classic steakhouse atmosphere.

The Seattle Art Museum is located on first avenue and features art from around the world as well as prominent local art. Barrio is located on Capitol Hill, and is a hip-atmosphere mexican cantina style restaurant featuring fun drinks and street-inspired food.


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Outdoor Activities

Gasworks Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park is a free-entry, outdoor waterfront park on Western Ave featuring 21 sculptures, and breathtaking views of Elliott Bay. Lake Union features a walking/cycling trail around the whole lake including miniature waterfront parks along the way.

The Fremont Troll is a large Troll sculpture under the Highway 99 bridge in Fremont commissioned in 1989 to beautify the area under the bridge. It has since become a local attraction, and is a great place to take a picture.

Gas Works Park is a decommissioned coal gasification plant that was converted into a park by the city of Seattle in 1975. It features 19 acres of usable space, stunning views of Seattle, and is located on the north-side of Lake Union with water frontage.


Transportation - Seattle

Transportation

Seattle - Bainbridge Ferry

The South Lake Union Streetcar connects the South Lake Union neighborhood to Downtown Seattle. It covers two and a half miles and is one of two operating streetcar lines in Seattle.

The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is a 1.3 mile long pair of tunnels that runs underneath 3rd Ave to facilitate pickups and drop offs for commuters without interrupting the traffic flow above.

Seattle also offers commuter train service via the Sound Transit Sounder train all the way from Downtown Seattle to Everett, making stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds. The Sounder Train also runs between Lakewood and Seattle, making stops in South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Tukwilla and Kent.

Bike Lanes abound throughout Seattle, with a bike lane through the Belltown neighborhood that is divided from traffic.