Located just east of Seattle, Bellevue is home to around 150,000 people. With Lake Washington to the west, Lake Sammamish to the east, and plenty of mountains nearby, residents have easy access to outdoor opportunities. The city itself is home to offices for T-Mobile, Microsoft, and Expedia. The area has a suburban-urban feel with lots of urban parks and a quiet, relaxed vibe. The downtown near Main St has high rise buildings filled with offices and corporate housing and smaller buildings filled with restaurants and retail shops. On smaller streets, you can find apartment homes, townhomes, single-family homes, and small shops.
Despite the fact that a lot of residents work at tech giants like Google, this city maintains a laid back vibe. Its beauty comes with a price; it has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Look at studio apartments or sharing an apartment if you decide to live there.
Buses operated by King County run from Bellevue to most nearby cities, including Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Bothell, Renton, and Everett. Local and express bus routes run across Mercer Island to Seattle where you can hop on a light-rail. Driving around Bellevue comes with lots of traffic, and you must move your car to a different block every 24 hours.
Bellevue is temperate with rainy winters and a few rainy days during the rest of the year. Summertime high temperatures are around 78°F (25°C) and winter high temperatures are around 49°F (9°C), so there's little need for air conditioning in the summers.
Top sights and attractions
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Located just outside the southern end of Bellevue, this regional park consists of over 3,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and meadows. The park offers residents a short term break from urban living and provides exercise opportunities outside of fitness centers, with over 35 miles of trails for walking and hiking.