Welcome to Bellevue
A beautiful Seattle suburb with the spirit of a thriving tech hub
Separated from the bustle of Seattle by Lake Washington, Bellevue is a suburban city offering breathtaking views and a booming housing market. With the perfect combination of cultural amenities, diverse residents, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and nationally ranked schools, Bellevue is a highly desirable place to live just 25 minutes from the city.
Unlike Seattle and its immediate nearby neighborhoods, Bellevue didn’t experience heavy development until the mid-20th century following the opening of the Murrow Memorial Bridge that crosses Lake Washington and connects Seattle to Mercer Island. Today, despite being one of the largest cities in the state, Bellevue maintains a suburban feel without sacrificing access to city amenities like restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. The area has also become something of an economic hub over the last 20 years, with many tech firms establishing offices in the neighborhood, including Expedia, SAP Concur, Google, and Microsoft.
Offering residents more than 100 public green spaces, easy access to Seattle, and a hot real estate market—all against the backdrop of stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains—Bellevue provides a high quality of life and is known around the country as one of the best places to live.
What to Love
Access to the great outdoors
Booming business hub with established and up-and-coming companies
Suburban living with city amenities
People & Lifestyle
Bellevue’s population is growing by the day, and with roughly one-third of residents born outside the US, the city is an extremely diverse and progressive place to live. Thanks to its leading schools, Bellevue continues to attract families with children looking for the perfect combination of suburban and city living. Its high-tech career opportunities also bring in highly educated people from all over the country, many of whom take up residence in one of downtown Bellevue’s gleaming highrises or ancillary neighborhoods filled with upmarket homes on large lots surrounded by green space, hiking trails, and a thriving sense of community.
Sandwiched between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish and a short drive from the Cascade Mountains, Bellevue is filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation and is perfectly positioned for nature lovers. Bellevue residents spend a great deal of time outside, enjoying everything from the water to the hiking trails.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While Bellevue is considered a suburb of Seattle, it is still the fifth-largest city in the state and has all the amenities you’d expect from a bustling city center. Known around the world for its soup dumplings and noodles, Din Tai Fung is a must-try restaurant. Other prime dining destinations include for a generous wine list and seasonal cuisine in a stylish setting, for outstanding king salmon, mahi-mahi, crab bisque, and more, and for a casual dinner with friends and authentic Mexican food. is a neighborhood favorite for healthy baked goods and smoothies and is a great place to bring your laptop or a book and set up camp on a weekend.
The Pacific Northwest is a great place to enjoy craft beer and the snacks that come along with it, and Bellevue is no exception. At the Bellevue Brewing Company, you’ll find a great selection of beers plus street tacos, housemade pretzels, and gourmet chicken wings fit for a feast. combines two necessary indulgences and is a guaranteed good time. is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion over upscale cocktails and small plates.
For shopping, look no further than , a centrally located retail destination filled with upmarket stores and boutiques, a number of great restaurants, concierge services, valet parking, and large department stores for your every need.
Things to Do
Like Seattle and its many nearby cities and communities, Bellevue is a cultural hub filled with opportunities to appreciate local art, music, food, and more. Art lovers can’t miss the , a neighborhood institution with a range of beautifully curated exhibits as well as programs and events for visitors of all ages, including tours, family days, summer camps, workshops, and lectures. Every July, the museum hosts the largest arts and crafts festival in the Northwest, the , a showcase of unique and handmade modern, traditional, and emerging work from national designers and artists.
In late May and early June, the takes over the town, putting on dozens of live shows at various venues across the city. For those into trendy clothes, a taste of the New York runways comes to Bellevue every September with , a showcase of the best in fall fashion. During the holidays, Bellevue celebrates with the , a series of celebrations including a seasonal ice skating rink, a stunning lights display at the , a parade along Snowflake Lane, and holiday performances at the .
Beyond everything to do in Bellevue, the sprawling metropolis that is Seattle is just a hop, skip, and a jump away, putting everything from and the to the amazing restaurants and museums at your fingertips.
The Bellevue School District is top-rated, and residents enjoy access to some of the best schools in the nation
Bennett Elementary School, PK-5
The Overlake School, 5-12
Tyee Middle School, 6-8
International School, 6-12