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Surrounded by water and mountain ranges in the distance, Seattle is uniquely situated for a balance of urban life and outdoor opportunities. From diverse neighborhoods, plentiful parks and a robust restaurant scene to its storied music history and ample public art displays, there’s something for everyone in Seattle.

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Its name derived from the French words for “beautiful view,” Bellevue goes beyond mere beauty with a thriving and prosperous neighborhoods and top schools. An economic hub of the Eastside, Bellevue’s downtown is the second-largest city center in all of Washington State, and many tech and retail leaders have established headquarters and major offices here.

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With a strong sense of community, Mercer Island has been recognized as one of the top 50 suburbs in the United States by Business Insider. An excellent environment to raise a family, Mercer Island has a small-town feel and great schools. With a quiet and remote feel, Mercer Island is conveniently situated for easy access to Seattle, the Eastside and the greater Puget Sound area via I-90.

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A sleepy beach town once upon a time, Kirkland has maintained its quaint and quiet small-town vibe while blossoming as a waterfront destination and home to leading tech companies like Google. With a vibrant downtown, unique neighborhoods, premium dining, parks and beaches, Kirkland has plenty to offer those who are looking for access, amenities and community.

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Most well-known as the home of Microsoft (and several other big-name tech companies, including Nintendo of America and SpaceX and Hyperloop), Redmond also supports a thriving arts and culture scene. A hub for independent music, Redmond hosts diverse musical acts at Marymoor Park. Invested in performing arts, it hosts Cirque du Soleil tours, the Eastside Symphony, and the Second Story Repertory theater company.

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Surrounded on three sides by the “Issaquah Alps” — Squak Mountain, Tiger Mountain, and Cougar Mountain — Issaquah features several state parks with abundant hiking trails.

Home to a salmon hatchery that was built in 1936 and raises about 4 million Chinook (aka King) and Coho salmon each year, Issaquah also hosts an award-winning annual Salmon Days festival. With views of Lake Sammamish and ample opportunities for outdoor activities, Issaquah is an excellent area for nature enthusiasts.

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Sammamish is considered the best place to live in our beautiful state. Nestled along the shores Lake Sammamish, this city has many lakeside parks with boat launches, fishing, and kayaking. With high rankings for local schools, a great community center and a close-knit community feel, Sammamish is an ideal location for raising a family.

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Established as a coal mining town in the late 1800s, Newcastle is a quiet and unassuming suburb that was ranked in the top 20 best places to live in the United States by CNN Money. South of Bellevue, Newcastle is well situated on the Eastside for access to urban areas and outdoor recreation. This city is also a preferred residence for many former and current Seahawks players and is known for its golf complex that boasts sweeping mountain, lake and downtown skyline views.

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Straddling both King and Snohomish counties, Bothell is divided into several communities, business and commercial districts and residential neighborhoods. The city hosts many events and festivals throughout the year; the Pop Keeney Stadium serves Bothell and other area high school teams where football has become a major local cultural gathering. Many in the biotech industry call Bothell home as it has grown from a primarily residential area to one with thriving business and employment opportunities.

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Kenmore is often considered primarily a “bedroom community,” serving residents who commute to jobs in nearby Eastside cities or in Seattle. The city is economically independent as a hub for durable goods (such as construction materials and asphalt), and special trades including construction, and Kenmore Air, the private seaplane-based airline. It’s location and focus on residential communities makes this an ideal place to consider calling home.

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Woodinville is home to a balance of residential neighborhoods and industrial businesses. With a growing retail, tourism and historic core, Woodinville is increasingly becoming a sought-after destination. Known for its local wineries, including Chateau St. Michelle, and several breweries, Woodinville also hosts the renowned restaurant The Herbfarm and the stunning Willows Lodge.

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