Redmond : Washington


What It Is Like to Retire in Redmond

Located east of Seattle is one of the Northwest's most affluent suburbs, Redmond. Home to Microsoft and Nintendo, it is located on Lake Sammamish. The feel of the town is suburban but it has many lovely amenities. Redmond attracts affluent residents, many of them active 55+ who enjoy activities like cycling. 

Where to Retire in Redmond and Home Prices

Many retirees are moving to several  new active adult communities built in the area (see link at right).  There are also many nice neighborhoods in the town to choose from.
The median home value in mid-2021 was $1,136,795, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Redmond

Redmond is known as "The bicycle capital of the Northwest" because of its annual bike races and Velodrome. It is home to 23 parks and 17 miles of trails for biking, hiking, running, and horseback riding. It also hosts several major corporations.

What Is Not Special about Redmond

It is very expensive to live in Redmond.

Who Will Like Retirement in Redmond

In addition to many wealthy folks who work at Microsoft or Nintendo, the area is chock a block with active adult communities (see link at top right).  It's a very pleasant town with great shopping and restaurants, so it appeals to people with resources who want the best in life.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is diverse. Microsoft and Nintendo are just two of the big corporations. There are also many retail stores that attract shoppers from around the vicinity.


Climate and Physical Environment

Redmond is a suburb of Seattle. It's mostly east and a little north of Seattle, located at the top of Lake Sammamish. It experiences a slightly muted version of the Pacific Northwest climate - fairly wet winters and long summer days.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Redmond has a wide variety of performing arts including the Eastside Symphony, the Second Story Repertory theater company, and the Washington Academy of Performing Arts.There is an extensive array of public outdoor sculptures. Richmond Derby Days is an annual festival. The amphitheater in Marymoor Park hosts frequent concerts including big name performers.


As you might expect in such an affluent town and suburb, the crime rate is about half the national average.

Medical Facilities

Overlook  Hospital Medical Center is in Bellevue about 6 miles away; Evergreen Hospital Medical Center is 6 miles away in Kirkland.



I 405 runs near town;  The Seattle Airport is very close; Redmond is not a very walkable community.


Valuable Links

Experience Redmond

Washington retirement guide
Wikipedia entry for Redmond


What people are saying about Redmond

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