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A Brief History and Overview of Bellevue

Just across Lake Washington sits Bellevue, one of the fastest growing cities in Washington State. This city has always been considered a Seattle suburb but now it is being classified as a boomburb or an edge city thanks to its quick growth and development. More buildings and structures are being built and the city is undergoing substantial development in the form of renovations and new construction such as the high-rises being built for retail and office space.

The economy in Bellevue, Washington is constantly growing. That’s because Bellevue is home to a number of large businesses and companies that are well known. These include Eddie Bauer, Expedia, T Mobile,, Sharebuilder, Symmetra and many more. Even Microsoft will lease 15 floors in a new high rise being built across from Bellevue Square. With all of these well known companies calling Bellevue home in addition to many others it is obvious the economy is doing well and growing every day.

The history of Bellevue is especially interesting because it was founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer. However, Bellevue was not incorporated until 1953. For quite a while Bellevue was just another rural part of Washington that wasn’t easy to get to and therefore very little development or growth took place. But, with the construction of Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940 access was improved considerably and Bellevue finally started growing. Many people who worked in Seattle chose to live in Bellevue since it was close by and more affordable. In 1963 a second bridge was opened across Lake Washington called the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. With this second bridge Bellevue’s population and growth really began to take off. Growth continued throughout the 1980's and 1990's and with a brief holdup in the early 2000's Bellevue is once again growing and developing. In fact, many new high-rises are under construction and will be completed in a few years. Finding new tenants for all the new offices and retail space shouldn’t be a problem and it’s possible that all the space will sell out before construction is completed.

Both the local and regional transit system's hubs are located in Bellevue. The Bellevue Transit System is located downtown and there are local and regional buses to a variety of cities. At the moment there are some transit projects up in the air, such as the light rail system. Voters will determine the outcome of this issue in 2007.

The colleges in Bellevue include Bellevue Community College and City University. Younger students attend public schools in the Bellevue School District. The high schools include Bellevue High School, Newport High School, Interlake High School, and Sammamish High School. In 2005, Newsweek included all of these high schools on the list of America’s best high schools. Two alternative high schools are in Bellevue as well as a Waldorf elementary school.

Bellevue, Washington is a beautiful city with its close proximity to Lake Washington and Seattle. The city features over 100 parks and vibrant neighborhoods. There are all kinds of outdoor activities to take advantage of, including easy access to water recreation and moorage opportunities. Residents are close to the Bellevue Art Museum and some of the nation's best shopping. No matter what you like to do, you will find it in Bellevue. The city has everything anyone might want from a vacation destination or a place to call home.