Eastside is the area east of Lake Washington, and is comprised of several cities that are part of Seattle Metro area.
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Since there’s no official list of neighborhoods that are included in term “Eastside”, I’ll give most attention to those that are most often mentioned.
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington state, and had a population of 122,363 at the 2010 census. It’s situated between Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond, Newcastle and Issaquah map link Main attractions are Bellevue Arts Museum, Kids Quest Museum, Bellevue Downtown Park, Maydenbauer Beach Park, Newport Beach Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue Square Mall. If you like world class shopping, and fine dining, then Bellevue downtown is the right place for you.
Redmond lies just north of Lake Sammamish and 16 miles east of Seattle. map link It had a population of 54,144 at the 2010 census. The city is home to Microsoft, Nintendo and AT&T. Main attractions are Marymoor Park, Idylwood Beach Park, Redmond Town Center and Sammamish River Trail. Redmond is also known as “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest”, because it has the only velodrome in the state, and hosts an annual bike race on city streets. The city is developing at the fast pace, becoming more urban, and major companies are attracting lot of new employees.
Kirkland lies on the east side of Lake Washington, 10 miles from Seattle. It’s surrounded by Lake Washington, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond and Bellevue map link At the 2015 census estimate the population was 87,281. The city is best known for it’s downtown waterfront, art galleries, beaches, and parks. Important landmarks are Heritage Hall, and Peter Kirk Building. It’s one of the most expensive places in Washington to live, and its waterfront is gorgeous.
Newcastle is a town nestled on hills south of Bellevue and between Lake Washington and Cougar Mountain map link. It was incorporated in 1994 and changed its name from Newport Hills. At the 2010 census the population was 10,380. It has a quiet suburban feel, lot of trails connected to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and a Golf Club with stunning views of Lake Washington and Bellevue and Seattle skyline.
Sammamish lies on east side of Lake Sammamish, and it’s surrounded by Redmond, Carnation, Unincorporated King County area, and Issaquah map link It was incorporated in 1999, and after Kalhanie neighborhood joined in 2016, the population is estimated to be around 61,000. Main attractions are Pine Lake Park, Lake Sammamish with East Sammamish Trail, Evans Creek Preserve, and Beaver Lake Park. There are no major highways in Sammamish, which makes it ideal for those seeking quiet lifestyle, and it has extremely low crime rate.
Mercer Island is a city lying on an island in south Lake Washington and it’s most populated island in a lake in the US map link The population at 2010 census was 22,699. The city is connected to Seattle and Bellevue via I-90 highway, and it’s one of the premier residential communities in WA state. Main attractions are Luther Burbank Park, Aubrey Davis park atop I-90 tunnel, Roanoke Inn, Pioneer Park and Clark Beach.