Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 140,000. With many shopping options including the enormous and prestigious Bellevue Square Mall (one of the first suburban shopping centers in the country), it is the center for retail on the Eastside. Bellevue is also known for it's high-tech employers such as Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile, as well as employers in a variety of other fields, which provide for more than 150,000 jobs.
Outside the busy downtown area, Bellevue has many desirable, tree-lined neighborhoods which provide a small-town feel for those seeking a more relaxed, naturalistic, or family-friendly atmosphere. Bellevue has earned the nickname "city in the park" with its network of trail systems, numerous parks, and other recreational facilities. What's more, Bellevue's schools are consistently ranked among the best in the country.
Bellevue offers a variety of housing options for the low end, first-time home buyers or investors to the higher-end home buyers who prefer views that expand up the shorelines of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. Bellevue neighborhoods that are built into the hills on the southern corridor of 1-90 provide for some spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline. Bellevue neighborhoods in the northern corridor of I-90 offer homes in some of the most expensive and luxurious neighborhoods in the country, such as Medina and Clyde Hill.
Due to Bellevue's increasing population, the demand for homes in Bellevue has historically been high. According to the U.S. census, minorities constitute 41% of the population in Bellevue, so the city is known also for its diversity. Bellevue offers a little of everything: Its close proximity to Puget Sound and lakefront beaches, retail shopping, ethnic restaurants, the Seattle waterfront, several ski resorts, and beautiful hiking trails offer a diverse group of home buyers many options that will suit their needs.