City in Focus: Bellevue
Bellevue is a community of diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. The City has 16 distinct neighborhood areas, each with their own unique neighborhood character and identity. Bellevue’s neighborhoods are home to a diverse and well-connected community of neighbors with local connections to schools, stores, parks, trails and the natural beauty that defines the character of the Pacific Northwest.
- NewportWest Bellevue
- Bridle TrailsEastgate
- Northeast BellevueWest Lake Sammamish
- Cougar Mountain/LakemontFactoria
- Northwest BellevueWilburton
- CrossroadsLake Hills
Getting to Bellevue is easy whether you are driving or flying into the area. Bellevue is centrally located in the region with easy access off of Interstate 405 as well as Interstate 90 and State Route 520. Seattle is a just short 10-mile drive across either the I-90 or Highway 520 Lake Washington floating bridges.
- State Route 520 connects Bellevue to Seattle, via the Evergreen Point floating bridge on Lake Washington.
- Interstate 405 runs North-South right through the middle of Bellevue, leading north to Kirkland.
- Interstate 90 provides another route from Seattle across Lake Washington, traversing Mercer Island. It continues eastward to Spokane and, ultimately, Boston.
Almost every bus that runs through Bellevue stops at the Bellevue Transit Center located on 6th Street between 108th Ave NE & 110th Ave NE.
*Express Bus fare is $2.50 per trip, and the drivers will not provide change
The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is south of Bellevue on I-405.
Link Light Rail is growing in the region with work underway on future routes from Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond.
In 2013 both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report ranked Bellevue among the list of "America's Best High Schools" The Bellevue School District includes 28 schools: 15 elementary schools, 1 Spanish immersion elementary school, 1 Chinese immersion elementary school, 5 regular middle schools, 4 regular high schools, and two district-wide choice schools (grades 6-12). The district has a staff of about 2,000 employees, including about 1,100 teachers.
*GreatSchools Rating: a simple tool that helps you compare schools based on test scores and other available data, including student academic growth and college readiness
Several of the schools close to Bellevue is located in the nearby city of Seattle, a major city allowing for urban campus experiences. There is only one college directly in Bellevue, located 3.1 miles from downtown. This is Bellevue College, a public school offering only undergraduate degree programs. The next closest schools are:
- Seattle Central College (4.4 miles from Bellevue)
- Seattle University (4.4 miles from Bellevue)
- Northwest University (4.6 miles from Bellevue)
- Seattle Vocational Institute (4.8 miles from Bellevue)
- University of Washington-Seattle Campus (4.8 miles from Bellevue)
- Bellevue Arts Museum small art museum with fine craft and design exhibitions
- Bellevue Botanical Gardens is a must see especially the Garden d'Lights in the winter
- Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, (From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.). Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (CMRWP) is a 3000+ acre park with 36 miles of hiking trails (12 miles suitable for equestrian use). It showcases a variety of natural features from forests and waterfalls to meadows and cliffs. There are four primary trailheads, each offering a different experience. Free.
- Mercer Slough Nature Park, located in the heart of Bellevue, this 320-acre park offers hiking, biking, canoeing, blueberry picking and environmental education. Information on guided tours such as canoeing or nature walks can be found at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.
- Top Gun This old favorite restaurant closed in Seattle, but is now open in the Factoria area of Bellevue, almost at the intersection of I-405 and I-90, across Lake Washington.
- Udupi Palace, 15600 NE 8th St # 9, Crossroads Mall (425) 649-0355. Udupi serves authentic thali plates, dosas, and pani puri, not available in Seattle. Their daily lunch buffet is a soul food hit with many South Indian Microsoft employees. [Closed as of 12/1/2010]
- Maggianos, downtown Bellevue for great pinot noir and Italian fare.
- Gilbert's on Main (Gilbert's Main Street Bagel), 10024 Main St, ☎(425) 455-5650. Serves excellent breakfasts & deli sandwiches, wide assortment of bagel choices, and great coffee.
- Daniel's Broiler, 10500 NE 8th - 21st floor, ☎(425) 462-4662. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM. Located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America Building, with spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington available from every table. Serves great traditional steak & seafood dishes, exclusively uses USDA Prime Beef.$$$$.
- Facing East, 1075 Bellevue Way NE (From I-405, take exit 13b west onto NE 8th. Turn right on Bellevue Way: the restaurant is in a strip-mall immediately on the left.), ☎(425) 688-2986. Tu-Th: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm: Fri-Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Closed Mon. Very good Taiwanese food: including many popular street foods.$8-12.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, 700 Bellevue Way NE, ☎+1 425 698-1095. Award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specializing in xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and other Asian fares. $15-30.
- Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Downtown, 11010 NE 8th Street, ☎+1 425 454-5888 (fax: +1 425 455-5880). Closest hotel to the Meydenbauer Convention Center. Within walking distance from the Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Downtown Park. $185-$225.
- Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Redmond, 14615 NE 29th Place, ☎+1 425 869-5300 (toll free: +1 800 321-2211, fax: +1 425 883-9122).Located just off the 520 freeway. Within the heart of the Microsoft Main Campus in Redmond. $139-$159.
- Fairfield Inn Seattle Bellevue, 14595 NE 29th Place, ☎+1 425 869-6548 (fax: +1 425 881-2861).
- Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue, 14455 NE 29th Place, ☎+1 425 882-1222 (fax: +1 425 885-9260).
- Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE. The 382-room hotel offers views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and is a part of the Bellevue Collection, a major regional shopping destination.
- Larkspur Landing Bellevue, 15805 S.E. 37th Street, ☎425.373.1212. Rooms have FeatherBorne Beds and full kitchens. Laundry facility, fitness room, grocery shopping.
- Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue/Downtown, 605 114th Avenue SE · Bellevue, Washington 98004 USA, ☎1-425-637-8500. Located next to a nature preserve, experience beautiful Washington State in the comfort of the Residence Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown. The extended stay hotel in Bellevue, WA is just minutes from the Meydenbauer Convention Center, Bellevue Galleria, Art Museum and the 405 Freeway, as well as many activities including Lake Washington, scenic parks, and hiking trails. Enjoy the Bellevue, WA hotel's free hot breakfast buffet in the morning and mingle over refreshments at the free social hour on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Feel at home in thoughtfully appointed Bellevue suites with separate living and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens and stylish furnishings. The suites in Bellevue, Washington are also equipped with free Internet access to keep you connected. Later, unwind in the indoor pool, stay in stride at the on-site fitness center or head outside to walk the nature trails. The Residence Inn Downtown Bellevue hotel helps you maintain a balance of work and life as you thrive on extended stays.
- Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue, 3244 139th Avenue SE Bellevue, Washington, 98005, ☎+1 425 747 2705. A modern and upscale hotel located near downtown Bellevue, Hyatt House is a restful retreat where everyday life is made easy.
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue, Washington, 98008, ☎+1 425 644 2500. Spacious suites and premium amenities near downtown Bellevue, WA.