The Eastside’s hub with a booming commercial core and many residential options. Seattle’s neighbor to the east, Bellevue, is an affluent suburb with many opportunities for living, working, and playing. Issaquah is an incredible location to live between city and mountain. It’s quaint downtown, active theater, yearly festivals, and upscale highlands don’t leave you wanting.

LIVEABILITY: 

79

AMMENITIES: 

A+

COMMUTE TO DOWNTOWN: 

10.1 miles / 17 minutes

TRANSIT OPTIONS: 

Bus

WALKER SCORE: 

40

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The History of Bellevue & Issaquah

The City of Bellevue is a modern, metropolitan community dotted with skyscrapers. Although it didn’t incorporate until 1953 and has experienced most of its rapid growth since then, its history goes back many decades, as a farming center, inland port, and milling center.

The first homesteaders in the Bellevue area were William Meydenbauer (1832-1906) and Aaron Mercer (1824-1902), who both arrived in 1869. Meydenbauer, a Seattle baker, settled alongside the sheltered bay which now bears his name. South of Meydenbauer Bay, Mercer farmed along what is now known as the Mercer Slough. Once their land became profitable, they sold their claims and moved on, leaving only their names.

Issaquah, located east of Lake Washington along Interstate-90, has experienced two periods of rapid growth during its lengthy history. The first came in the late nineteenth century when the local economy was fueled by the coal, lumber, hop growing, and dairy industries. During the mid-twentieth century the town became somewhat dormant, then once again saw vast development. In 2003, the city was listed as the fastest growing community in the state of Washington.

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