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City in Focus: Bothell

Red Door Team

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Feb 8 6 minutes read

You can call it your own pocket of peace, your very own private haven, or your little corner of the world. However that means to you, when the time arrives and you finally take that leap to make that big-ticket purchase of owning a home, you want your vision to match your reality as closely as possible -- and that peaceful vision is inclusive of, of course, location. 

Just 10 miles North of Seattle or West of Interstate 405, at the Northern edge of Lake Washington, and straddling two counties (King and Snohomish), lies what is known as the perfect jump-off point for either hiking in the Cascade Mountains, wine tasting in Woodinville, or exploring the beauty of the greater Puget Sound region -- Bothell.

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The quaint town of Bothell started out as a logging community, appealing for its meandering Sammamish River and natural beauty. The city, however, remained to be known as what is called a "bedroom community" mainly due to its residents living in the area but commute to their jobs elsewhere. It wasn't until around the 1990's when several business offices opened within the city itself thereby generating jobs within the city itself that changed this. Bothell is now a thriving riverfront city consisting of about 18 communities and remains as one of the most popular Seattle suburbs.

Quick Trivia"Bothell is a geographical oddity in that it straddles two counties (King County and Snohomish County). Because most streets in Bothell are numbered and not named, streets that cross the county line often change numbers. For example, 104th Avenue NE in King County becomes 23rd Avenue SE when it crosses into Snohomish County."

Image Source: City of Bothell 

Getting Around

Bothell is a car-dependent city where most errands would require a car. There are however a few walkable neighborhoods within the city and these are:


Walk Score*

Transit Score**

Country Village-Lake Pleasant-527 Corridor 

*Walk Score is calculated by analyzing hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to amenities in each category

**Transit Score is calculated by assigning a "usefulness" value to nearby transit routes based on the frequency, type of route (rail, bus, etc.), and distance to the nearest stop on the route. 

  • By Car: Get on I-5 N from 4th Ave then through WA-520 E and I-405 N to WA-522 W Woodinville Dr in Bothell. Take exit 23 from I-405 N then follow WA-522 W Woodinville Dr and 101st Ave NE/1st St to your destination
  • By Bus: You can take either the 522 Sound Transit bus or King County Metro Bus to get to Bothell from Seattle
  • By Uber: Uber is available from Seattle to Bothell
  • By Taxi: Seattle Yellow Cab +1 206-622-6500; Jean's Taxi +1 360-286-9462; STITA Taxi +1 206-246-9999

Image Source: University of Washington Bothell


Bothell is part of the Northshore School District which covers portions of both King and Snohomish Counties. The city is also home to Cascadia College, named the second best community college in the nation, and the University of Washington Bothell ranked #37 in the nation among colleges and universities. These two institutions share the same campus.

There are about 45 preschools, 25 elementary schools, 12 middle schools and 11 high schools in Bothell. Listed below are the top 10 schools based on their *GreatSchools Rating



High School

  • Cedar Wood Elementary
  • Skyview Junior High
  • Bothell High
  • Lockwood Elementary
  • Northshore Junior High
  • Lynwood High
  • Shelton View Elementary
  • Canyon Park Junior High
  • Secondary Academy for Success
  • Canyon Creek 
  • St. Brendan Parish School
  • The Clearwater School
  • Maywood Hills
  • Heritage Christian Academy
  • Northshore Special Services
  • Fernwood Elementary
  • The Clearwater School
  • Northshore Home School Networks
  • Woodside Elementary
  • Dartmoor School
  • Woodinville Treatment Center
  • Crystal Springs
  • Cedar Park Christian School
  • Dartmoor School
  • Westhill Elementary
  • Woodinville Montessori School
  • Light of Faith Christian Academy
  • Woodmoor Elementary
  • Light of Faith Christian Academy
  • Northshore Online School

*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. 

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Recreation and Attractions

Hidden by soaring trees and nestled in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley, Bothell's visitors come to explore the vast variety of outdoor adventure prospects. The city is conveniently located next to the major Interstates of 405 and I-5 so its proximity offers opportunities for day trips to the mountains and coast, easy access to Seattle’s downtown and waterfront, and Woodinville’s wine country and many other regional attractions.

Recently Bothell has been pushing to revitalize its downtown area as well in order to celebrate the community’s past and keep up with the changing times. Downtown is now called ‘Bothell Landing,’ and is filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, spas, and public spaces. Not quite the fast-paced urban feel of Seattle, yet full of hospitality and all the amenities a big city can offer.


Image Source: Explore Bothell

Think this area is perfect for you and your family? Well, we've added a little more. One of the most common requests we hear from clients is that they are looking for homes for sale in Bothell from $500,000 and above.

We know how hard it can be to check out properties that are actually in the specific area and within the price ranges that you wanted to look into. So we took out the flitting between web pages and listed it all out for you! Below is the most current listing of properties available in Bothell! Enjoy!

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