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Bellevue's 'beautiful view'


Bellevue means "beautiful view" in French, which could fit the city's view of the future. Today, it is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 130,000. It is the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside, with more than 140,000 jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises.

While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods and a vast network of green spaces and recreational facilities that keep people calling the place "a city in a park." The city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country.

With the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop and Lake Washington at its feet, Bellevue is a "beautiful view" in itself. Sales at local shopping complexes are always an attraction, but a strawberry festival and an arts and crafts fair each draw thousands each year. During the holiday season, the Garden d'Lights display at the Bellevue Botanical

Garden attracts visitors from far and wide. Artists from around the country enter striking new works in the biennial Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition. Every July 4, thousands from around the region con-

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• What do the numbers mean and which are recyclable? Ignore the numbers and look at the shape. The numbers are from plastics manufacturers and don’t apply to recycling. • Why can’t I recycle small plastic bottle caps? Small caps get stuck in recycling machinery. • Can I recycle ziplock bags? Can I recycle plastic utensils and straws? No. These items go in your garbage container.


• Do I need to remove labels? No. Just rinse the cans and put them in your recycling container. • What do I do with the tops of cans that I remove when I open a can? Tops less than 3" go in the garbage; tops more than 3" can be recycled. For tops less than 3", rinse the can, put the top back in and fold the can so the top stays in the can during the recycling process.


• Can I recycle shredded paper? Yes. Put the shredded paper in a clear plastic bag, tie a knot and toss it in your recycling container. • Do I have to remove staples from paper or plastic windows from envelopes? No. They can be recycled as is. • Why can’t I recycle paper plates but I can recycle paper cups? Paper plates are contaminated with food waste. • Do I have to remove the plastic ring from a milk carton before I recycle it? No. Just rinse the carton and put it in your recycling container.

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More than 300,000 people visit the downtown area the last weekend in July each year for arts and crafts fairs. The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve. The population is growing and becoming more diverse. According to the census, minorities constituted 41 percent of Bellevue's population in 2010, and more than 50 languages are now spoken by children in Bellevue public schools.

1953: Year the City of Bellevue was incorporated 5,950: Bellevue’s population at time of incorporation 1960s: Period of rapid growth in Bellevue – with floating bridges across Lake Washington, Bellevue becomes bedroom community to Seattle 1979: City develops Downtown Subarea Plan with vision of a pedestrian-friendly, mixeduse urban center 130,200: Current population – fifth largest city in the state 133,800: Current jobs in the city – major employers include Puget Sound Energy, Symetra Financial, Microsoft, Boeing, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Expedia, Nordstrom, Overlake Hospital, Group Health Medical Center and Bellevue College 2: Bellevue ZIP codes in the top 25 wealthiest in the Puget Sound area (2012 Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists) 4: Bellevue’s rank on Money Magazine’s national list of “Best Places to Live” (July 2010) 3: Bellevue high schools in Newsweek’s top 125 nationally (May 2013) 15,512: Fall 2011 enrollment at Bellevue College $2.4 billion: 2011 taxable retail sales (City of Seattle: $5.4 billion)

Bellevue residents are some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 60 percent having a bachelor's degree or higher in 2009. Nearly the

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2009, up from 26 percent in 2000. In 2007-2009, Bellevue's median household income was among the top 10 highest of large cities in the state at $80,411, yet household income, accounting for inflation has remained largely flat since 2000. The poverty rate in Bellevue has also remained steady since 2000 at 5.7 percent. Bellevue's housing values were among the five highest in the state in 2007-2009, and locating affordable housing was a challenge for more than a third of Bellevue's households.

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In 1863, while Seattle was still a rough town of dirt roads and scattered homes, the first settlers began to drift across Lake Washington and claim lands in what is now Bellevue. The first claim is thought to be that of Aaron and Ann Mercer, members of the famous Seattle family, who staked out 80 acres along what is now Mercer Slough. They were living on the property by 1869, the same year that William Meydenbauer, a baker from Seattle, staked out his claim around the bay that would later bear his name. In the 1870s and 1880s more settlers trickled over. Most of the area was logged off during this period, leaving open areas that became orchards, vegetable patches

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Seattle through Leschi and Madison Park. Most of the farmers had families, and Bellevue’s first school opened in 1883 in a log cabin in the Enatai area. By 1900 the greater Bellevue area had about 400 full-time residents. The trappings of civilization began to arrive, with phone service reaching the Eastside by 1907 and mercantile stores opening in Medina and Bellevue. The major change came in 1913 when car ferry service aboard the Leschi began. Trips left the Leschi dock in Seattle every 15 minutes and stopped at Medina and Meydenbauer Bay. Bellevue and its surrounding communities grew gradually during the first decades of the century, with the census showing about 1,500 residents in 1920. The American Pacific Whaling Company moved its headquarters to Bellevue in 1919, wintering boats in

Whaling boats docked in Meydenbauer Bay, Bellevue, ca. 1925. From the collection of the Eastside Heritage Center

Meydenbauer Bay. The first Strawberry Festival was held in 1925, drawing 3,000 people, mostly from across the lake. The Festival became an annual event, and Bellevue developed a reputation as a peaceful, pleasant farming town.

Then everything changed. In 1940 that miracle of engineering the Mercer Island Floating Bridge opened, bringing an end to ferry service and making a trip to Seattle just about as fast as it is today. SEE HISTORY, 12

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2013 BELLEVUE RESIDENTS GUIDE munity had new schools, new housing developments, a better water supply, miles of roads, and a burgeoning business community, but no governing control to fit all these different pieces together. In 1951, voters were asked to incorporate the City of Bellevue, but the provision was defeated, 92 to 72.


Thanks to the ad campaign of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the availability of cheap land, the post-war housing boom spilled across the bridge and altered Bellevue forever. New subdivisions sprang up along the new highway at Eastgate, Newport Hills and Lake Hills, providing attractive, affordable homes to the returning GIs and their families. On March 31, 1953, the City of Bellevue is incorporated. Bellevue is located on the east side of Lake Washington. It will become the fifth largest city in Washington and the metropolitan hub for business and transportation on the Eastside. At the time of incorporation, Bellevue has 5,950 residents. After the end of World War II, Bellevue began a rapid transformation as more and more people moved to the once-sleepy town. The com-

City boosters, led by Chamber of Commerce President Sam Boddy, spent the next two years convincing the community that local citizens were the best people to plan Bellevue's future and that incorporation was the only way to insure this. An independent study predicted that Bellevue's growth would continue unabated, and that incorporation was the only way, "to prevent a way of life from deteriorating."

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Bellevue's government starts with City Council A city council is comprised of seven elected members and governs Bellevue. The mayor and deputy mayor are both council members, chosen by the others to serve two-year terms. The mayor can not veto council decisions, but acts as both its chairperson and the city's official host. Residents also have a voice in Bellevue's government through several volunteer boards and commissions.

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Police sub-stations serve community The Bellevue Police Department has two full service community substations. They are located in Crossroads, outside the Crossroads Mall, and in Factoria, inside the Marketplace at Factoria. Each station is manned by a full time BPD Patrol officer.

problem solving, neighborhood safety presentations, and the hosting of a variety of community special events. Community Special Events include the Child Safety Fair, National Night Out Against Crime and Drug Take Back Days. The sub-stations are in place to serve customers and the community.

Police sub-stations are open during regular business hours Monday thru Friday and are staffed by Police Department volunteers. There is one full time station officer posted at the Main Police Station located downtown in City Hall. The Crossroads and Factoria sub-stations are committed to a full range of police services including Community Oriented

Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo Policing and Problem Oriented Policing. Substation officers emphasize pro-active enforcement,

Downtown Squad The Downtown Squad consists of six officers, one corporal, and one lieutenant.The squad functions as a hybrid combination of patrol squad and community services unit. In addition to responding to calls for service in the downtown area it also is proactive in handling pervasive problems such as graffiti,

noise complaints and alcohol related issues stemming from the ever-growing nightlife population. One of the core missions of the Downtown Squad is increasing citizen’s perception of safety in the downtown area so that they can feel free to work, live and play in a safe clean environment. The Downtown Squad has developed relationships with State Liquor Control Board officers, property owners, local private security and liquor service establishment representatives to foster good-neighbor practices in an effort to support alcohol related recreation/entertainment while protecting the quality of life and citizen’s safety.

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Fire, rescue and emergency medical service The Bellevue Fire Department provides fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical service to city residents and to the following surrounding communities: Beaux Arts, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, King County Fire District #14, Medina, Newcastle and Yarrow Point. Within the department, the Fire Prevention Division enhances community safety through education, plan review, fire investigation and fire and life safety inspections. The Emergency Preparedness Division offers training and information to help residents and businesses prepare for fires and regional disasters. Bellevue is a regional provider of advanced life support services in King County. The Fire Department’s comprehensive emergency medical services program currently operates four Medic One units, which provide a high level of patient care to approximately 250,000 Eastside

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sources of water for the area’s growing population and is looking at Lake Tapps to be a large component of its long-term water supply system.

Wastewater Wastewater is all the water that leaves the inside of your home or business through sinks, toilets, washing machines, etc. and enters Bellevue's wastewater (sewage) collection system. Wastewater then flows through city-owned and maintained pipes into King County's regional sewage system, where it is treated to meet federal and state water quality standards. Bellevue's Wastewater Division is responsible for maintenance and repairs of the main sewer lines. Street Maintenance Bellevue's Utilities Department maintains and repairs streets, sidewalks, walkways and trails in the right of way. Among its tasks are responding to


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In the last few decades, Bellevue has transformed from a “bedroom” community with a small employment base into a major business and retail center. More people (140,000plus) work in Bellevue than live in it, making the city the second largest employment center in King County. A diversified mix of industries exists in Bellevue, with retail and service sectors being the largest. Department stores, car dealerships and electronic/ computer stores lead the retail sector. In the service sector, a high concentration of real estate companies, engineering firms, financial institutions and accounting firms are based in the city. Several of the 25 largest public companies in

Downtown Bellevue covers 400 acres and includes 4.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment uses and 9 million square feet of office space. There are nearly 45,000 workers and 10,200 residents housed in downtown.

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of Bellevue's population and employment growth will occur in downtown. Two business organizations are active in promoting Bellevue in general and Downtown Bellevue in particular. The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has been a fixture in Bellevue (www.bellevuechamber.org) for more than six decades. With a membership of more than 1,000 companies, it advocates for business and business interests before many groups and agencies. The Bellevue Dowtown Association (www.bellevuedowntown.org) was established in 1974 and focuses on Bellevue's evolving and growing downtown.

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Bellevue and the Freeman family Any discussion about Bellevue, and particularly its downtown, would be incomplete without the story of the Freeman family. It begins with Kemper Freeman Sr. and a vision he had for a shopping center in Bellevue. After World War II, the War Manpower Commission informed Freeman that Bellevue was loosing the war workers who had moved to the area. Part of the reason was a lack of services. Freeman researched the area between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, looking at everything from gas stastions to grocery stores, then set out on a nationwide fact-finding tour and found shopping centers designed specifically with automobile-oriented shoppers. By end of 1946, he and his Bellevue Shopping Center (as it was called then) and 20 stores, including Frederick & Nelson, the first shopping center department store built by Marshall Field’s in the U.S. The center became Bellevue Square

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Bellevue Square in 1948. what has become The Bellevue Collection. Lincoln Square added to the downtown mix with a number of high-quality restaurants, a 16-screen luxury cinema and the four-star Westin Bellevue Hotel. The project also includes 148 privately owned luxury residences atop the hotel.

The next step – recently announced – will include a $1.2 billion expansion of Lincoln Square to the south that will include 700,000 square feet of Class-A office space, a 250-room luxury hotel, an additional boutique hotel and approximately 500 high-end residential units.

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Bellevue schools some of the best in the country Year after year, the Bellevue School District's high schools have made headlines – as some of the best in the nation, according to several national publications. This year was no exception. For the third time in less than a month, Bellevue schools have been ranked among the nation’s best public high schools. All five Bellevue high schools – International, Newport, Interlake, Bellevue, and Sammamish made Newsweek’s 2013 list of “America’s Best High Schools.” International School ranked 31st among the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation. Newport was also in the top 100 at number 80. Four Bellevue schools are in the top five statewide and all five high schools are among the top 20 statewide. What's remarkable about the achievement is that while many of the schools in the top Newsweek rankings are private schools or public schools with selective admission, School National Rank State Rank all five Bellevue International 31 2 schools are open Newport 80 3 to any and all Interlake 111 4 students. It is so Bellevue 242 5 unusual that one Sammamish 1337 19 year Newsweek make the distrtict its cover story, complete with a photo of a student at Bellevue High School.

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As a consequence, Bellevue schools have become a strong magnet, attracting residents who move here so their children can get a top education. Bellevue high schools are also listed among the best in the nation recently on two other highly regarded national rankings to come out within the last month. They claimed the top five spots in Washington and are among the Top 200 schools in the nation on the Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. International School was ranked ninth in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools list, with three other Bellevue schools finishing in the Top 300. The Newsweek ranking is based on six components: four-year on-time graduation rate, percent of graduates accepted to college, Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB)/ Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests See schools, 22

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Interlake High School is home to the Bellevue School District's demanding International Baccalaureate Program. nationally. Although students in Bellevue are not required to take AP classes, it's highly encouraged for every one to take part. That mentality stems from

the leadership of former school superintendent Mike Riley. During his 11 years with the district, Riley developed a common curriculum for the district and believed that every student could benefit by taking AP classes. As

a consequence, the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses by roughly 70 percent. Today, middle school teachers look at their students as future AP students.


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Arts play a key role in Bellevue Bellevue is a city of culture as well as commerce. While its office towers and high-end stores downtown are daily draws, there are many cultural options. Bellevue has a diverse public art collection of more than 50 sculptures placed throughout the community. The city also holds an often daring biennial Sculpture Exhibition, whose mission is to engage the community with a presentation of a broadly inclusive range of contemporary sculpture. The exhibition draws artists from across the United States and Canada and showcases the diversity of material, technique and content of today's sculptors. The Bellevue Jazz Festival is an annual event in late May/

community. The KidsQuest Children's Museum gives young people a hands-on way to experience art, science and technology in world-class exhibits with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest.

The Bellevue Arts Museum offers a variety of exhibits and events. Photo by Sayaka Ito

early June that features top national performers at venues all around the city, most of them free. Live at Lunch is a summertime event in downtown Bellevue that features free performances every Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Bellevue Arts Museum has a unique focus on art, craft and design. It brings includes works by Northwest artists while bringing national and international exhibitions to the

Quality community-based performing groups entertain, often at the modern Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Since opening in the mid 1990s, this state-of-the-art, 410-seat facility has fulfilled its role as one of the Pacific Northwest's premier places for communitybased performing arts. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center features state-of-the-art technology and a professional staff with the know-how to SEE ARTS, 24


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Lyric Opera Northwest: Lyric Opera Northwest provides high quality performances with quality performers, typically resulting in sold-out crowds.

The Attic Theatre: A Bothell-based group dedicated to presenting plays of hope, quality and meaning. Bellevue Civic Theatre: The only professional theatre company in Bellevue with a combination of Equity and community actors in each of its shows. The BCT presents contemporary theatre and modern musicals.

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Bellevue Chamber Chorus: A non-profit organization consisting of 28 professional and avocational musicians of diverse backgrounds, performing music of various styles from all musical

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Overlake Hospital Medical Center is the largest such facility in Bellevue. opened a clinic and surgery center in Bellevue in 2010 after operating a small clinic for a number of years in the city. The new center has 32 exam rooms and two operating rooms. Children's also offers psychiatry and behavioral medicine care and treats sleep disorders at Children's at

Group Health opened its Bellevue facility in 2008.

Overlake. Group Health is another regional medical operation with a presence in Bellevue. It opened its Bellevue Medical Center in 2008 and shares a campus with Overlake Hospital Medical Center. It closed an Eastside hospital in

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Distinctive neighborhoods in Bellevue For all its commerce and skyscraper-dotted downtown, Bellevue is primarily a city of neighborhoods, each special in its own way. The city of Bellevue describes 13 neighborhoods on its website. Here is a look at each.

Bridle Trails Demographics Population: 4,560 Percentage of city: 4 percent Under 18: 1,177 (26 percent of the area) Housing Units: 1,730 Bridle Trails is Bellevue's unique equestrian neighborhood area, with acres of residential property devoted to pastures and trails for horses. While not every family is part of the equestrian culture, all residents enjoy the peaceful ambience here.

Bridle Trails is heavily wooded, with an extensive trail system and predominance of large singlefamily lots. Nearly two-thirds of the area is covered with second-growth timber, and residents have accepted extra regulation to protect trees on public and private property. Local residents also have taken the initiative to preserve Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre preserve with 28 miles of equestrian and pedestrian trails. While most of Bridle Trails has a quiet, semi-rural appearance with horses grazing in lush green meadows, the area includes a strip of apartments and condominiums along the busy 148th Avenue arterial, and a variety of businesses to the south along Northeast 24th Street and State Route 520.


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Crossroads Demographics Population: 13,347 Percentage of city: 11 percent Under 18: 2,635 (20 percent) Housing units: 5,930

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In many ways, Crossroads is the heart of East Bellevue. It’s the focal point for entertainment, shopping and community services for area residents. Bustling, densely populated and richly diverse, Crossroads is characterized by an abundance of large apartment complexes and retail establishments.

Bellevue LifeSpring’s mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate.

Crossroads Bellevue, the shopping center at Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, is a hub of activity, featuring regular stage entertainment and special events, a popular ethnic food court and an activity area where local residents gather to play chess and other games.

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The city operates three major facilities to address the needs and interests of East Bellevue residents: Mini City Hall, offering city and community services in nine languages;

the Crossroads Community Center, offering, a variety of recreational, educational and social service programs; and the Police Crossroads substation, providing public safety services to the area. Crossroads offers a variety of housing, but in general is one of Bellevue’s more affordable areas. Many of the community’s nonprofit human service providers are located nearby. Crossroads Park, adjacent to both the community center and the shopping center, features a nine-hole golf course, a water park for children, and a popular multipurpose park for everyday users and special events. Coming soon will be a new facility for Bellevue Youth Theatre.

Eastgate/Cougar Mountain Demographics Population: 16,820 Percentage of city: 13 percent Under 18: 4,205 (25 percent of the area) Housing Units: 6,190 SEE NEIGHBORHOODS, 29

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Predominately single-family residential neighborhoods rise up the slopes of Cougar Mountain in this scenic neighborhood area adjacent to natural, untamed stretches of countryside. While cougars are rare, it isn’t unusual for residents to spot raccoons, opossums, deer – or even an occasional bear – taking an early morning stroll through the neighborhood. In 2012, the large unincorporated Eastgate neighborhood at the foot of the mountain was annexed to the city, adding nearly 5,000 residents and 1,896 homes to this neighborhood area. Steep grades, upscale developments with large new homes and spectacular views are characteristic of Cougar Mountain, and view preservation is a major issue. To protect views and other neighborhood qualities, many of the subdivisions in this area have strictly enforced covenants and restrictions on the use of private property. Many neighborhoods have communityowned greenbelts and other amenities.

Except for downtown, no area of the city has grown as rapidly in the last 15 years as the recently developed neighborhoods in the higher elevations of Eastgate/Cougar Mountain. Lakemont, Vuemont and other hilltop neighborhoods look out over Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Mountains to the east, downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington and Seattle to the west. A pedestrian trail system links homes to neighborhood parks, the regional Cougar Mountain Park and the neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont. About half of this area is in the Bellevue School District; students in the other half attend schools in the Issaquah district. Commercial uses – primarily retail businesses and office buildings – line the area’s northerly frontage along I-90.

Housing Units: 1,635 Just to the north of Somerset, Factoria is a major commercial and employment center serving the entire region. It is home to the Market Place at Factoria, surrounding retail development and a number of business offices and corporate headquarters, including T-Mobile. The small and intensely developed commercial area is bordered by Interstate 405 on the west and I-90 on the north. A significant amount of multifamily housing and outlying single-family neighborhoods ring the commercial district. The neighborhoods include Mockingbird Hill, between Newport High School and I-405, and Monthaven, a well-maintained enclave tucked into the hillside just west of Somerset.





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The Newport Shores neighborhood is built around a series of man-made inlets, with homes oriented toward the waterfront, boating and lake activities. Newport Hills, covering a plateau between Coal Creek and Lake Washington, was nearly fully developed when the city annexed it in 1992. The Lake Heights and Newport Hills neighborhoods are cohesive communities, featuring a wide variety of housing types. Both neighborhoods enjoy a strong sense of community, and both are represented

Ardmore Park in Northeast Bellevue. City of Bellevue photo

by long-standing, active neighborhood associations. Newport Hills' single-family and multifamily neighborhoods are generally oriented toward the retail center on 119th Avenue Southeast. On the west, Newport Hills is separated from I-405 by steep ravines and tree-covered hills. To the east, the neighborhood is bordered by the 146acre Coal Creek Natural Area.

Stretching from Lake Sammamish to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Northeast Bellevue is a tapestry of housing developments, parks and schools. Aside from the businesses along 156th Avenue Northeast and Bel-Red Road on the neighborhood’s western border, the area is entirely residential. Neighborhoods in the western portion of Northeast Bellevue were built mostly in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The southeastern portion of the area features two miles of frontage along Lake Sammamish, with large homes hugging the lakeside and other homes nestled in the heights above the lake, where they enjoy scenic views of lake and mountains SEE NEIGHBORHOODS, 31




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beyond. Some of the subdivisions include private recreational facilities such as tennis courts and a golf course. The northern, triangular portion of this neighborhood juts into Redmond. Many residents are employed by Microsoft and supporting high tech companies. The woodsy character of the neighborhood is reflected in subdivision names such as Sherwood Forest. Three of Bellevue’s 16 public elementary schools and one of its four high schools are in this neighborhood area.

Northwest Bellevue Demographics Population: 12,292 Percentage of city: 10 percent Under 18: 2,050 (17 percent of the area)

Framing downtown on the north and west, Northwest Bellevue is a mixed residential area of low to moderate densities. Neighborhoods are well maintained – often through the enforcement of restrictive covenants drafted to protect the neighborhoods’ special character and quality.

“megahome” trend.In response, the city adopted regulations to ensure that new development was respectful of existing neighborhood character.

The Northtowne Shopping Center provides shopping for area residents, and Bellevue Way runs north-south, bisecting the community into west and east halves and connecting residents to downtown businesses. Neighborhoods west of Bellevue Way blend into the communities of Medina and Clyde Hill, which are separately incorporated.


Between 2002 and 2006, this area was dramatically affected by a local boom in residential development. Northwest Bellevue – with its prime location close to downtown and its beautiful, mature neighborhoods – became a target for redevelopment. Small homes throughout the area were purchased for development, torn down and replaced by very large homes, causing some residents to protest changes in neighborhood character caused by the

Sammamish/ East Lake Hills Population: 10,375 Percentage of city: 8 percent Under 18: 2,175 (21 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,033 One of Bellevue's older, established residential areas, East Lake Hills enjoys an extensive open space and parks system built around unique natural assets, including Weowna Park with its old-growth forest, and Phantom Lake with its connections to Larsen Lake and the Lake Hills Greenbelt. To the east, upscale residential areas


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Somerset began construction of the first of its 22 divisions incorporating more than 1,200 homes in the early 1960s. The last division was completed in the late 1970s. Due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment and recreation.


ern shore of Lake Sammamish.The city annexed much of this area in 2001. Upland neighborhoods to the west include Spiritridge, Phantom Lake and part of Lake Hills.The eastern and western halves of Lake Hills are divided by 156th Avenue. West Lake Sammamish Parkway is the other major north-south route providing access to local residents.

Somerset Demographics Population: 7,659 Percentage of city: 6 percent Under 18: 1,819 (26 percent of the area) Housing Units: 2,519 Residents say Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue – French for beautiful view – must have had in mind when they named the city. The hill called

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Somerset, which tops out just under 1,000 feet, turned out to be a favorite spot to gaze out across Lake Washington and Seattle to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. And the beautiful view continues today, with Somerset being a favorite vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks or to just take in panoramic views of Bellevue

The Somerset Community Association is a well-organized group representing neighborhood interests and offering various interest groups, including a singles group for those 50 and older, a "Sunshine Committee" to send cards and fix meals for ailing residents and a covenant review committee. The neighborhood has an active landscape program, a Block Watch and an emergency preparedness program. Neighborhoods in the Somerset area include Hilltop, Horizon View and Tamara Hills, which were unincorporated until 2012, when they were annexed to Bellevue.


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West Bellevue and Downtown Demographics Population: 11,488 Percentage of city: 9 percent Under 18: 1,936 (17 percent of the area)

DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE 410: Downtown in acres (1.87% of city’s total land area) 20: Downtown Park in acres 43,339: Current downtown workforce 70,300: Forecast workforce by 2030 10.6%: 4Q 2012 downtown office vacancy rate (CBRE) 10,000: Current downtown residents 19,000: Forecast residents by 2030 61,400: Downtown’s average “daytime population” 3,000: Visitors to the Bellevue Regional Library each day 1,150: Buses coming into Bellevue Transit Center each weekday

Housing Units: 7,692 West Bellevue and Downtown

Southeast 16th Street provides a convenient source of information about the greenbelt, which connects Phantom Lake on the south with Larson Lake and its surrounding blueberry fields on the north.

West Bellevue – the original Bellevue – is an area that continues to grow with a mix of attractive neighborhoods, downtown retail and office buildings, and an extensive park and open space network. High-rise, mixed-use buildings and a thriving regional retail center (Bellevue Square, The Bravern and surrounding retail) dominate the downtown core.

Looking north from office and research facilities along Interstate 90, West Lake Hills is home to the growing campus of Bellevue College and to Robinswood Community Park with its tennis center and lighted athletic fields. The neighborhood’s dominant roadway, 148th Avenue, is a busy thoroughfare not only carrying local traffic, but also accommodating a significant amount of regional traffic between I-90 and SR 520. The East Bellevue Community Council, an elected five-member body, has jurisdiction over land use decisions affecting this part of the city.

Restaurants, theaters, a convention center, an art museum and other facilities provide services for Bellevue and the region. Main Street – sometimes called Old Bellevue – is another thriving retail area with unique shops and restaurants and newer, mixed-use buildings. An expanded waterfront park at Meydenbauer Bay is on the drawing board. A significant residential population is developing in the downtown core, as more high-rise condominium and apartment complexes are built. The area also contains long-standing well-maintained single-family neighborhoods to the north and south, sharply delineated from the high-density downtown by Main Street on the south and Northeast 12th Street on the north. The vast Mercer Slough Park, a unique wetlands habitat and recreational area, and Bellevue Downtown Park – acclaimed for its award-winning “belvedere” design – are also landmarks of West Bellevue.

West Lake Hills Demographics Population: 12,484 Percentage of city: 10 percent Under 18: 2,721

Bellevue's Downtown Park is an oasis of green in an area dominated by high-rise buildings. Future plans will connect it with a new park on Meydenbauer Bay, shown in the foreground.

Wilburton Demographics Population: 3,966

(22 percent of the area)

Percentage of city: 3 percent

Housing Units: 5,225

Under 18: 711 (18 percent of the area)

Originally developed in the late 1950s as a planned community with the Lake Hills Shopping Center at its core, the area contains much of Bellevue’s relatively affordable single-family and multifamily housing. The richness of the community lies in its extensive system of open space, trails and wetlands.

Housing Units: 1,880

The Lake Hills greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing more than 172 acres of woods and wetlands, home to coyotes, muskrats and an array of songbirds. The Lake Hills Ranger Station on

Platted in 1904 as the company town for the Hewitt-Lea Logging Company, Bellevue’s historic Wilburton neighborhood is an enclave of single-family and multifamily housing known not only for its rich history, but also for its beautiful views, parks and wooded areas. Major parks include the widely acclaimed Bellevue Botanical Garden and the 160acre Kelsey Creek Park, which features SEE NEIGHBORHOODS, 34

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Woodridge is characterized by quiet streets and comfortable family homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Much of the community’s daily life revolves around Woodridge Elementary School, at the top of the hill.

barns and farm animals. The Wilburton area also contains significant light industrial uses – at the southern end along I-90, and in the Bel-Red corridor. Bel-Red – between the densely developed downtown and Redmond’s urban center at Overlake – has been rezoned for mixed-use development, oriented around new East Link stops and the area’s physical amenities (Goff Creek, West Tributary, Lake Bellevue). An art district is also envisioned for the area.


Housing Units: 2,217

Norwood Village, built on Woodridge Hill by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, adds historical and architectural significance to the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views. By varying home design and creatively placing homes on lots to maximize views, developers managed to avoid the uniform look of tract housing – and the project was praised in 1952 editions of home and garden magazines.

Population: 4,541

The Woodridge neighborhood area includes the entirety of Woodridge Hill, a residential area rising just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405, and a long

Both Woodridge and Norwood developed their own community swimming pools, which still attract families to the neighborhood.


Percentage of city: 4 percent Under 18: 869 (19 percent of the area)

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Bellevue really a 'city in a park' the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Bellevue calls itself a "City in a Park," and for good reason. With nearly 100 parks, Bellevue offers much in the way of green space. In addition, the city maintains numerous trails, some of them that link one part of a neighborhood to another. Bellevue lies among urban forests, wetlands, and streams that support a wide variety of wildlife. The city employees park rangers in to provide educational information check on park activities. In addition to traditional parks, the city also maintains landscaping that is installed as part of improvements to city streets. The city also operates a farm and hosts a number of events there each year.

■ Dogs are allowed on-leash at Kelsey Creek Park; however, dogs are not allowed in the barnyard areas. Community Parks Bannerwood Ballfield Park:

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Bellevue Botanical Garden: 12001 Main St

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The Bellevue Botanical Garden attracts visitors from all over the world. Bellevue Reporter Dogs are allowed on-leash in Bellevue's parks with a few exceptions. ■ The off-leash area (corral) at Robinswood Park is open

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Newcastle Beach Park: 4400 Lk WA Blvd SE SE 40th Street Boat Ramp: 40th & 118th


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Robinswood Park: 2430 148th Ave SE Surrey Downs Park: 585 112th Ave SE Weowna Park: 1420 168th Ave SE Wilburton Hill Park: 12400 Main

Waterfront Parks Burrows Landing: SE 15th St & Lk WA Blvd Chesterfield Beach Park: 2501 100th Ave SE

Chism Beach Park: 9600 SE 11th St Clyde Beach Park: 2 92nd Ave SE Enatai Beach Park: 3519 108th Ave SE Meydenbauer Beach Park: 419 98th Ave

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Neighborhood Parks Ardmore Park Ashwood Park Bel-Red Mini Park Bovee Park Chandler Park Cherry Crest Mini Park Cherry Crest Park Collingwood Mini Park Commissioner’s Waterway Mini Park Deer Run Park Enatai Park Evergreen Park Forest Glen Park Forest Hill Park Forest Ridge Mini Park Goddard Mini Park Goldsmith Park Hillaire Park Ivanhoe Park


Keeney Park Killarney Glen Park Lake Hills Park Lakemont Highlands Park Lattawood Park McCormick Park Meadow Wood Park Newport Hills Park Newport Hills Mini Park Northtowne Park Norwood Village Park Robinsglen Nature Park Saddleback Mini Park Silverleaf Park Sixth Street Park Skyridge Park Spiritridge Park Spiritwood Park Sunrise Park Sunset Park Tam O'Shanter Park Viewpoint Park Westwood Highlands Park Wildwood Park Woodridge Water Tower Park



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Bellevue and strawberrries go together It is said that one night, early in 1925, Mrs. Charles W. Bovee dreamt of a celebration in Bellevue that would bring hundreds of visitors and a great deal of recognition to her small and much loved hometown. Mr. and Mrs. Bovee, along with Mr. William Cruse, set out to make this dream a reality.

Their idea? A festival honoring Bellevue’s bountiful strawberry crops. The Strawberry Festival Committee, comprising 5 men and 5 women of the community, raised $40 to finance Bellevue’s first-ever Strawberry Festival in June 1925, a four-day event that attracted more than 3,000 visitors. Following the event, the front page of The Lake Washington Reflector read: “The Strawberry Festival (...) must be regarded as an unqualified success. (...) It literally put Bellevue ‘on the map’ ...” and sent visitors away “with the impression that here was a beautiful town and a fruitful district settled by a courteous, hospitable people.”

Food, fun and, of course, strawberries are found at the Strawberry Festival. Bellevue Reporter From that moment on, the Lake Washington Strawberry Festival, as it came to be known, was an annual event, spread over two or three days. The festival was held behind the Old Main Street

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Strawberry Festival as a single evening celebration in June, a tradition that has continued every year since.



Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Strawberry Festival not only attracted visitors from all over King County, it also encouraged the participation of other Eastside communities such as Renton and Kirkland, who often provided a day’s worth of entertainment for the event.

The Eastside Heritage Center's Signature Event, the Strawberry Festival, is held in Bellevue every June. Through this historic annual event, the EHC endeavors to create public awareness for the organization and to promote community involvement in and appreciation of Bellevue and Eastside history.

All of this community jubilation and delight abruptly ended when the Strawberry Festival was cancelled in 1942 because of the internment of JapaneseAmericans in May of that year. Bellevue’s primary strawberry growers were of Japanese descent: at the start of World War II, there were 55 Japanese families with farms in Bellevue, with a total of 472 acres of land. Without the strawberry growers and harvesters, who were invaluable contributors to the Annual Lake Washington Strawberry Festival, the event could not take place.

Festival participants enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake, entertainment, historical and agricultural exhibits, family fun with games, clowns, face painting and strawberry shortcake eating contests, food and vendor booths and a classic auto show. Forty-five years later, in 1987, the Bellevue Historical Society (now the Eastside Heritage Center) revived the

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The Strawberry Festival is the Eastside Heritage Center’s Signature Event, celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage and its diverse cultural past, present and future. Through this historic event, EHC brings the community together in an endeavor to create public awareness for the organization and to promote community involvement in and the appreciation of Eastside history. – By Heather Trescases, Director, Eastside Heritage Center

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In 2003, Eastside Heritage Center (EHC) brought the Strawberry Festival back to its roots as a large-scale communitywide event in Old Bellevue. Since 2007, the Festival has been located in Bellevue’s Crossroads International Park, where the 2-day event draws over 40,000 visitors from around King County. Festival participants enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake, entertainment, historical and agricultural exhibits, family fun activities, strawberry shortcake eating contests, arts & crafts, foods of the world and a Classic Auto Show.

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