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.
The city’s role is to ensure that neighborhoods enjoy a high-quality environment that facilitates a safe and welcoming community, are able to adapt to changing needs and preserve what is cherished most.
Neighborhood Liaisons are your “inside connection” to city information and resources. Find out who your neighborhood liaison is by viewing theNeighborhood Area Map
Every neighborhood has a liaison – a member of the Neighborhood Outreach team who works extensively with residents in a particular area of the city. Liaisons can respond to issues in any neighborhood, but they also work to ensure that the neighborhoods in “their” assigned area receive the best possible customer service from the City of Bellevue.
Residents can contact their Neighborhood Liaison whenever they want:
- Information about any city or community service.
- Help resolving a neighborhood issue or concern.
- Direct connection to city staff or resources.
- Ways to get more involved with their city and neighborhood.
- Advice on influencing city decisions.
- Help with forming a neighborhood association or revitalizing an existing one
Percentage of City: 1 percent
Under 18: 245 (19.7 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 493
BelRed is being transformed from a light industrial area into one of Bellevue’s newest mixed use, transit oriented neighborhoods. The transformation will include the addition of three Sound Transit light rail stations, new investments in arterial street improvements, pedestrian and bike facilities, an arts district, parks and open spaces and the daylighting of the Kelsey Creek salmon-bearing headwaters and Golf creek. Located between Downtown Bellevue and Microsoft Headquarters, this neighborhood provides an ideal location for convenient access to anywhere you want to go.
BelRed is already known for Overlake Hospital, Group Health and its many medical facilities, as well as a large number of small businesses that provide essential home supplies and specialty services. Within BelRed is the hidden treasure of Highline Community Center, with its “log cabin” building and rustic charm, also home to Bellevue’s indoor and outdoor Skate Park.
The Spring District is already under construction, adding new residential and office space, as well as a new brewpub. BelRed will also be welcoming the campus of the new Global Innovation Exchange, a partnership between two leading research universities, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, with foundational support from Microsoft.
Percentage of City: 8 percent
Under 18: 1,847 (17.6 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 4,943
Bridle Trails is Bellevue's equestrian neighborhood area, with acres of residential property devoted to pastures and trails for horses. While not every family is part of the equestrian culture, all residents enjoy the vast green spaces and peaceful ambience found here.
Bridle Trails is heavily wooded, with an extensive trail system and a predominance of large single-family lots. Nearly two-thirds of the area is covered with second-growth timber and residents have accepted extra regulation to protect trees on public and private property. Local residents also have taken the initiative to preserve Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre preserve with 28 miles of equestrian and pedestrian trails.
While most of Bridle Trails has a quiet, semi-rural appearance with horses grazing in lush green meadows, the area includes a strip of apartments and condominiums along 148th Avenue NE, across from Microsoft’s main campus. Bridle Trails has an active neighborhood association and includes several smaller neighborhoods for families to connect in community, including Trails End, Pikes Peak, Cherry Crest, Bellemead, North Creek, Compton Green, Compton Trails and many more. The school attendance area includes Cherry Crest Elementary School, Odle Middle School and Sammamish High School.
Cougar Mountain / Lakemont
Percentage of City: 8 percent
Under 18: 2,680 (23.5 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 4,134
Predominately single-family residential neighborhoods rise up the slopes of Cougar Mountain in this scenic neighborhood area adjacent to natural, untamed stretches of countryside. While cougars are rare, it isn’t unusual for residents to spot raccoons, opossums, deer – or even an occasional bear – taking an early morning stroll through the neighborhood. A pedestrian trail network provides an oasis of natural beauty for all to enjoy, linking homes to neighborhood parks, neighborhoods to each other and the regional Cougar Mountain Park (in Newcastle) and the neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont.
Steep grades, upscale developments with large newer homes and spectacular views are characteristic of Cougar Mountain/Lakemont. The area is home to a large number of .recently built planned neighborhood communities, including the Summit, Forest Ridge, Vuemont and Cougar Mountain/Lakemont developments. Cougar Mountain also provides a great place for biking enthusiasts to practice their skill at uphill climbs. About half of this area is in the Bellevue School District; students in the other half attend schools in the Issaquah and Renton .districts.
Percentage of City: 10 percent
Under 18: 2,897 (20.1 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 6,137
In many ways, Crossroads is the heart of East Bellevue. It’s the focal point for entertainment, cultural exchange, shopping and community services for area residents. Bustling, densely populated and richly diverse, Crossroads is characterized by an abundance of large apartment complexes, established single-family neighborhoods and restaurant and retail establishments.
Crossroads Shopping Center, located at Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, is a hub of activity, featuring regular stage entertainment and special events, a seasonal Farmer’s Market, a popular ethnic food court and an activity area where local residents gather to play chess and other games.
The city operates three major facilities to address the needs and interests of East Bellevue residents: Mini City Hall, offering information and referral services in many languages; the Crossroads Community Center and the Crossroads Police substation. Bellevue’s Youth Theater now graces the Crossroads community with its year-round youth productions, including theater in-the-round and outdoor amphitheater shows. Crossroads Park features a nine-hole golf course, a water park for children and a popular multipurpose park for everyday users and hosts Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival. Many of the community’s nonprofit human service providers are located nearby.
Percentage of City: 9 percent
Under 18: 1,079 (9 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 8,805
Downtown Bellevue is the primary economic and employment center for the city and the region – and over the past two decades, has become Bellevue’s fastest growing residential neighborhood. Downtown Bellevue sets a high bar for urban living. With a great mix of senior housing, young professionals and families, downtown Bellevue has become home to an intergenerational community – all enjoying the walkability, safety and energy of living in the heart of Bellevue’s city life.
With the convenience of casual and fine dining, world class shopping and cultural attractions, as well as the Downtown Park and Meydenbauer Bay, all within walking distance - something fabulous is always close by. It could be a new exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, a show during the Jazz Festival or some family-fun at Snowflake Lane. Old Bellevue on Main, the Bellevue Collection, the Bravern, or any of the specialty stores and restaurants located Downtown provide opportunities to discover something new year-round. Downtown Bellevue is also home to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Convention Center and Bellevue’s City Hall.
The future for downtown Bellevue is bright. The City’s plan is to make Downtown more viable, livable and memorable. The Grand Connection will create pedestrian connections between Meydenbauer Bay Park, Downtown Park, along the Pedestrian Corridor and across I-405 into Wilburton. The KidsQuest Museum is locating next to the Downtown Library. Downtown Park is completing the circle, adding Inspiration Playground and Meydenbauer Bay Park will provide public access to the waterfront on Lake Washington.
Eastgate & Factoria
Percentage of City: 7 percent
Under 18: 2,321
Housing Units: 4,003
The Eastgate and Factoria neighborhoods are located along the east-west spine of I-90 and its intersection with I-405, providing a mix of commercial office space and retail, multi-family apartments and established single family neighborhoods, including Bellevue’s most recently annexed neighborhood, Eastgate. Marketplace at Factoria provides an assortment of retail services, a movie theater and a number of local restaurants for families to enjoy. The Eastgate Park and Ride provides commuters with easy access to both the Eastside and Seattle.
The neighborhoods are rich with diversity and culture from all over the world and desired by young families and adults seeking to access Bellevue’s top rated schools. Neighborhood schools include Eastgate Elementary School, Puesta Del Sol Elementary School (offering Spanish immersion), Tyee Middle School and the award winning Newport High School. In addition, Bellevue College is located nearby, offering a range of opportunities for associate and bachelor degrees and continuing education.
For recreational opportunities, the South Bellevue Community Center provides a climbing wall, basketball courts, a fitness center and an assortment of .camps and classes for children and adults. It also is the location of Bellevue’s Zip Line. Nearby, the Mountain to Sound Greenway provides bicyclists with a trail system connecting to Seattle and the Cascades.
Percentage of City: 12 percent
Under 18: 3,436 (20.6 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 6,909
Originally developed in the late 1950s as a planned community with the Lake Hills Shopping Center at its core, the area still retains much of its original single-family rambler charm. Lake Hills is Bellevue’s most populous residential neighborhood area, including a number of smaller neighborhoods and multi-family communities. Lake Hills has two local commercial shopping centers, both recently redeveloped, including Lake Hills Village and Kelsey Creek Center. It is also home to the growing campus of Bellevue College.
The richness of the community lies in its extensive system of open space, trails and wetlands. The Lake Hills greenbelt is a wetland corridor which connects Phantom Lake on the south with Larson Lake and its surrounding blueberry fields on the north. It encompasses more than 172 acres of woods and wetlands, home to coyotes, muskrats and an array of songbirds. Robinswood Community Park is a community gathering space with its indoor tennis center, lighted athletic fields and off-leash areas for dogs.
The East Bellevue Community Council, an elected five-member body, has jurisdiction over land use decisions affecting a part of this neighborhood area.
Percentage of City: 7 percent
Under 18: 2,138 (22.1 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 3,786
The Newport area includes four distinct communities all known for their strong sense of neighborhood identity; the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405, Greenwich Crest uphill to the west of I-405, Lake Lanes nestled along Lake Washington and the Newport Shores district built around a series of man-made inlets.
Newport Shores and Lake Lanes are neighborhoods built with homes oriented toward the waterfront, boating and lake activities. The Lake Heights and Newport Hills neighborhoods are cohesive communities with strong neighborhood traditions and activities and loyalty to their local neighborhood shopping district. Greenwich Crest is a hidden gem of a neighborhood with some beautiful views.
Once a secluded area of woods and wetlands, Newport provides a home or migratory corridor for an abundance of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, mountain beavers, raccoons, possums, squirrels, red-tail hawks and eagles. The 146-acre Coal Creek Natural Area provides a natural wilderness buffer for the residential community and a great walking trails to explore.
The neighborhood area of Newport is served by both the Bellevue School District and Renton School District.
Percentage of City: 8 percent
Under 18: 2,349 (21.3 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 4,127
Stretching from Lake Sammamish to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Northeast Bellevue is a tapestry of neighborhoods, parks and schools. Most of the neighborhoods in the western portion of Northeast Bellevue were built in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980’s, reflecting a woodsy character in subdivision names such as Sherwood Forest, Lakewood Park, Bretton Wood, Tam O’ Shanter and Ardmore. Northeast Bellevue is home to three elementary schools; Ardmore Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary and Bennett Elementary, as well as, Interlake High School.
The southeastern portion of the area features two miles of frontage along Lake Sammamish, with large homes hugging the lakeside and other homes nestled in the heights above the lake, where they enjoy scenic views of lake and mountains beyond. Some of the subdivisions include private recreational facilities such as tennis courts, golf course and swim clubs. The northern, triangular portion of this neighborhood juts into Redmond. Many residents are employed by Microsoft and other high tech companies.
The future of Northeast Bellevue will be served by easy access to the Redmond light-rail station at the Microsoft campus. It will also provide close proximity to the Overlake Village, a major new urban center on the Bellevue/Redmond border.
Percentage of City: 7 percent
Under 18: 2,085 (22 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 4,340
Northwest Bellevue includes some of the oldest neighborhoods in Bellevue, including Meydenbauer Bay, Vuecrest, Diamond S Ranch, Bellewood Farms, Apple Valley and Northtowne. Northwest Bellevue maintains a diversity of neighborhood charm, with distinct neighborhood communities, ranch estates, single-family ramblers, extensive remodels and larger newly-built residential homes. Located close to downtown, residents have easy access to the downtown amenities, as well as, freeway access to 520.
With the development of Meydenbauer Bay Park, residents will enjoy waterfront activities and beach access to Lake Washington. Hidden Valley Park provides athletic fields, as well as, activities with Bellevue’s Boys and Girls Club. Residents all across Bellevue enjoy Bellevue’s Farmer’s Market, located at Bellevue First Presbyterian Church from May through November, and the programs offered at The Northwest Arts Center.
A number of students within Northwest Bellevue attend elementary and middle schools with the Bellevue School District within the city limits of Clyde Hill and Medina. High school students attend Bellevue High.
Percentage of City: 6 percent
Under 18: 2,089 (25.1 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 2,890
Residents say Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue – French for beautiful view – must have had in mind when they named the city. The hill called Somerset, which tops out just under 1,000 feet, turned out to be a favorite spot to gaze out across Lake Washington and Seattle to Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. And the beautiful view continues today, with Somerset being a favorite vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks or to just take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle.
Somerset is home to one of Bellevue’s most cohesive neighborhood associations. Somerset has many neighborhoods, including Somerset, Forest Hill, Eaglesmere, Westwood Highlands, Forest Park, Forest Park Meadow, Forest Glen and the Woods. Due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment, shopping and recreation.
Somerset also benefits from a network of trails and close proximity to the Coal Creek Natural Area and Cougar Mountain trail system.
Somerset is home to the premier Somerset Elementary School, with students also enrolling at Tyee Middle School and Newport High School.
Percentage of City: 6 percent
Under 18: 1,790 (21.4 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 3,948
Located south of Downtown Bellevue, west of I-405 and north or I-90, West Bellevue is home to some of Bellevue’s most established and historic neighborhoods. With borders on Lake Washington and the Mercer Slough, the neighborhoods are nestled in the wooded beauty of Bellevue’s natural environment. Neighborhoods of Enatai, Bellecrest, Surrey Downs, Killarney Circle and Meydenbauer Point, all provide strong neighborhood associations that work to build community and preserve their distinct neighborhood character.
Residents and visitors alike can relax and enjoy the waterfront at Chism Beach, Chesterfield Beach and Enatai Beach, as well as Sweylocken boat launch, providing a place for kayaking and canoeing. The historic Winter’s House provides a glimpse into Bellevue’s past, as well as, trails for bird watching through the Mercer Slough.
The future of West Bellevue will be served by the South Bellevue light rail station and South Bellevue Park & Ride, providing easy access to Seattle and downtown Bellevue. Additionally, with close proximity to the Mountain to Sound Greenway, bicyclists can enjoy a short trip to Seattle or east to Issaquah.
West Lake Sammamish
Percentage of City: 5 percent
Under 18: 1,308 (20.9 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 2,397
West Lake Sammamish is oriented toward the waterfront of Lake Sammamish and Phantom Lake. Including the neighborhoods of Spiritridge, Phantom Lake, 41.5, Sammamish Heights, Rosemont Beach, Lake Manor and West Lake Sammamish, residents enjoy a variety of shoreline activities, scenic water and mountain views, bike and walking trails and the beauty of the trails within Weowna Park. Home to one of the oldest independent grocery store, the Little Store, retains much of the small town neighborhood charm of West Lake Sammamish.
West Lake Sammamish is known for its original waterfront vacation homes, as well as, the newer neighborhoods along the steep slopes of the hillside or at the waterfront, with panoramic views to the east Cascades.
Percentage of City: 3 percent
Under 18: 713 (18.8 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 1,914
Platted in 1904 as the company town for the Hewitt-Lea Logging Company, Bellevue’s historic Wilburton neighborhood is an enclave of single-family and multifamily housing known for its rich history and its . parks and wooded areas. Wilburton is ideally situated surrounded by major parks, including the widely acclaimed Bellevue Botanical Garden and the 160-acre Kelsey Creek Park, as well as its close proximity to downtown Bellevue. Wilburton provides a strong community and place to call home for those who desire to be near the heart of Bellevue, but still prefer the quiet of a residential neighborhood.
The Wilburton neighborhood area is the best of Bellevue’s past and its future. With the historic Wilburton Trestle on the south, it promises to be a key landmark for the future development of the north-south BNSF trail corridor. Wilburton’s business district on the west will provide the destination for the Grand Connection linking to the pedestrian corridor across I-405, through downtown to Meydenbauer Bay. The Wilburton light rail station on NE 8th will provide easy access across Bellevue and into Seattle.
Percentage of City: 4 percent
Under 18: 1,058 (20.7 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 2,237
The Woodridge neighborhood area is one of the most highly desirable neighborhoods in Bellevue.
Woodridge is characterized by quiet streets and comfortable family homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Much of the community’s daily life revolves around Woodridge Elementary School, at the top of the hill, located across from the Woodridge Water Tower, which provides a visible landmark from downtown Bellevue. Both Woodridge and Norwood Village developed their own community swimming pools, which still attract families to the neighborhood.
In the center of Woodridge is Norwood Village, a neighborhood built by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, which adds to the historical and architectural significance of the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views. By varying home design and creatively placing homes on lots to maximize views, developers managed to avoid the uniform look of tract housing – and the project was praised in 1952 editions of home and garden magazines.
Woodridge has easy access both to downtown Bellevue and Factoria Marketplace, as well as to I-405 and I-90. The future of Woodridge will be served by King County’s development of the BNSF trail corridor, providing pedestrians and bicyclists easy access to downtown and throughout Bellevue.