Bellevue : Washington

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What Bellevue is like for active adults

Bellevue is a growing and prosperous city of over 120,000 people across Lake Washington from Seattle. It is the second largest city center in Washington, often characterized as an "edge-city" to Seattle.  The city's long-term development plans include the Bel-Red Corridor Project, a large-scale planning effort to encourage the redevelopment Bellevue's northern portion.  Bellevue has many different neighborhoods and communities within it, such as Bridle Trails.  The city abuts Redmond, home to Microsoft.  There are two colleges in town - Bellevue College and City College.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are active communities in the area. The median sales price of a home in Bellevue is quite high - about $500,000 in late 2012, according to city-data.com.

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What is special about this retirement community
Bellevue was ranked as the 4th best place to live in America by CNN (2010).
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What is not special about this retirement community

Housing is expensive, cost of living is high.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Retirees who want to live in a college town with a good transit system.  Shoppers would enjoy Bellevue as it has the largest shopping centers in the region.  It is also considered a very safe city.

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Local economy is driven by

Technology, commercial development

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Climate and Physical Environment

The city lies between Lake Washington to the west and the smaller Lake Sammamish to the east.  The city's name is French for "beautiful view".  Under favorable weather conditions, scenic vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Mountains can be viewed from hilltops within the city.  Bellevue's average July high is 75 degrees, average January low is 35 degrees.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Bellevue is the site of the popular annual Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and a biennial Sculpture Exhibition.
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Crime
Crime is below the U.S. average and low for a city of this size.
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Medical facilities

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

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Transportation

Sound Transit is the regional transit system. A light rail system is planned to run from Bellevue, Seattle, and Redmond.  Bellevue is about average in walkability when compared to other cities.

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Valuable Links
Eastside Sun
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Facts about BELLEVUE
  • State: WA
  • Environment: College Town,Lake,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 80,000+
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $500,001+
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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