Which Eastside Neighborhood is Right for You?

Moving to the Bellevue/Eastside area, or looking to change neighborhoods? The Eastside, tucked between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, can be complicated for newcomers, and even longtime locals! One minute you’re driving in bellevue, and the next you’re in Clyde Hill! There are so many draws to each of these neighborhoods. We hope that this post can guide your process and help you find a neighborhood that fits all of your needs!



The downtown Bellevue area is the place you’ll want to be if you’re looking for that fun, fast paced, urban lifestyle! With no shortage of great places to eat, and things to do, you’ll never have to search for a good time. With the Bellevue Square shopping center, the Bellevue Downtown Park, and dozens of fantastic restaurants, bars, and stores, there is so many great things to do for the whole family. The dozens of homes and neighborhoods just minutes from downtown also offer a great way to have the small neighborhood feel while still living in the city. Whether you’re looking for a night out, or a Sunday brunch, or a family day at the park, this is the place for you!

Median Household Income: $62,338

Owners/Renters: 61%/39%

Median Age: 38

Single Males: 15%

Single Females: 10%

Homes With Kids: 28%

Household Size: 2.4

Commute Time: 24 min

Clyde Hill


Just up the road from downtown Bellevue, we get the beautiful neighborhood of Clyde Hill! This luxurious, highly affluent residential area boasts stunning views, well groomed streets, and great schools. With loads of gorgeous neighborhoods with Lake Washington views, you’ll get that luxury lifestyle with a great community. This neighborhood is perfect for those looking for a quiet and comfortable neighborhood, but still hoping to be near the business and social hubs of the greater Seattle area.

Median Household Income: $132,468

Owners/Renters: 96%/4%

Median Age: 41

Single Males: 7%

Single Females: 7%

Homes With Kids: 34%

Household Size: 2.7

Commute Time: 20 min



This fast-growing small town is perfect for nature-lovers, who still need that city living feel! Not only is Issaquah bustling with dozens of new homes, townhouses, and condos, but it’s inhabitants can enjoy a quaint historic downtown area full of shops and great places to eat. We love the beautiful balance of small town life and being at natures doorstep! Near many popular trailheads, you’ll never be short of a great hike. So for all of those in search of hikers paradise and quaint small towns, Issaquah might just be the spot for you!

Median Household Income: $57,892

Owners/Renters: 58%/42%

Median Age: 36

Single Males: 14%

Single Females: 12%

Homes With Kids: 25%

Household Size: 2.3

Commute Time: 27 min



What is not to love about Kirkland! This fabulous water-front town has the magic of a small town, and the excitement of the city! The bustling main street is filled to the brim with amazing restaurants, bars, and boutiques. We can’t get enough of the beautiful public docks that extend out at multiple sites across the Kirkland waterfront. You won’t want to miss out on all of the great events at Marina Park. Never short of family friendly activities and quite neighborhoods that branch off of Kirkland main town center, this is a fantastic place for a family, or anyone who is looking for that laid-back, small town atmosphere!

Median Household Income: $60,332

Owners/Renters: 57%/43%

Median Age: 37

Single Males: 17%

Single Females: 14%

Homes With Kids: 22%

Household Size: 2.1

Commute Time: 24 min



Famously one of the most wealthy neighborhoods in Washington, and the country, Medina is covered in absolutely beautiful homes and streets. If you can’t quite land that Lake Washington waterfront home, don’t worry, the Medina hillside has no shortage of breathtaking views! This stunning residential area pulls to families, retirees, or singles settling in and just enjoying a quiet and upscale lifestyle. 

Median Household Income: $133,756

Owners/Renters: 92%/8%

Median Age: 39

Single Males: 7%

Single Females: 6%

Homes With Kids: 38%

Household Size: 2.7

Commute Time: 21 min

Mercer Island


This unique town is situated on the island that separates Seattle from Bellevue. The beautiful, elaborate homes, the waterfront views, and the commute are some serious draws to this great neighborhood! This idea location is a fantastic spot to put down some roots and invest in your dream home. Not looking for a luxury home lifestyle? Well luckily there are multiple gorgeous and brand new apartment and condo options in the heart of the Mercer town center that can fit that urban lifestyle.

Median Household Income: $91,904

Owners/Renters: 80%/20%

Median Age: 41

Single Males: 10%

Single Females: 8%

Homes With Kids: 34%

Household Size: 2.6

Commute Time: 25 min



As far as stunning views are concerned, you really aren’t going to beat the views from Newcastle Golf Club with views spanning so wide you can see all the way from Seattle and the Puget Sound, through all of Bellevue. Newcastle is the home of some beautiful homes, as well as great condo options! Far enough to feel quiet and secluded, but close enough to the action of the city, Newcastle is great for relaxing, enjoying some awesome small business, and taking in those views and amenities!

Median Household Income: $80,320

Owners/Renters: 77%/23%

Median Age: 34

Single Males: 11%

Single Females: 11%

Homes With Kids: 35%

Household Size: 2.6

Commute Time: 28 min



Home to an up and coming downtown area filled with great coffee shops, places to eat, and specialty drink spots. Home to Microsoft headquarters, Redmond is a very appealing option for those in the tech industry looking for a small town that is still trendy but full of great parks, events, and fun hang out spots. We love all of the modern and sleek buildings that seem to be popping up all over and bringing great new businesses and homes. Redmond is a fantastic neighborhood that has the feel of a city, but is still small and easy to navigate!

Median Household Income: $66,735

Owners/Renters: 55%/45%

Median Age: 35

Single Males: 16%

Single Females: 12%

Homes With Kids: 28%

Household Size: 2.3

Commute Time: 23 min



Parks, lake views, great shops, new restaurants, gorgeous homes.. need we say more?! Sammamish is a beautiful area that is flooded with beautiful residential areas, and with Lake Sammamish State Park, you can't really ask for much more in the way of nature! This suburb may be the furthest from Seattle, but it's just a short 20 minute drive to Bellevue and you're back in the center of action! 

Median Household Income: $101,592

Owners/Renters: 90%/10%

Median Age: 32

Single Males: 10%

Single Females: 8%

Homes With Kids: 51%

Household Size: 3.1

Commute Time: 32 min



If you’re dreaming of a town where you can spend your days off enjoying winery after winery in a beautiful valley with never ending community events that is just moments from the city, look no further! Woodinville is famously known for its fantastic wineries with delicious Washington wines. There is always a fun family-friendly event happening that you won’t want to miss! This quiet and laid back community is the perfect spot for day trip, or the dream neighborhood for those wine-lovers looking for a place to enjoy some slower days.

Median Household Income: $68,114

Owners/Renters: 73%/27%

Median Age: 34

Single Males: 13%

Single Females: 12%

Homes With Kids: 35%

Household Size: 2.7

Commute Time: 27 min

As always, we would love to answer any questions you might have about selling your current home, or finding your dream place! Give us a call or shoot us an email if you’d like to hear more about these fantastic neighborhoods and which one might be best for you!

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