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From the time when William Meydenbauer arrived at what is now Bellevue in the late 1860's, to its humble berry-field beginnings, to its growth into one of Seattle's bedroom communities along Interstate 405 and incorporation in 1953, Bellevue has come to be known as a metropolitan business center unto itself.

Today, with over 106,000 residents and spanning 31 square miles, Bellevue is one of the largest cities in Washington and is known by many as the business hub of the Eastside. Many people even commute from Seattle to Bellevue, though the converse is still quite true. With its office high-rises, retailers, hotels, and restaurants, Bellevue sports one of the highest local economies in King County. And with a 10-15 minute commute across either the Highway 520 bridge to the north, or the Interstate 90 bridge to the south, Bellevue is well-situated for those working in Seattle.

People from around the Eastside and Seattle flock to Bellevue for its shopping in such centers as Crossroads, Factoria, and the ever-popular Bellevue Square. For those seeking community recreation and cultural opportunities, Bellevue features award winning local parks, a thriving arts community and an acclaimed school system. The motto here is, "A city in a park," and Bellevue has gone out of its way -- with over 50 parks, ten actually on the waterfront, and 40 miles of walking trails-- to live up to its reputation. Highlights include Bellevue's Downtown Park and the Ballet Arts Center, Kelsey Creek, and the Bellevue Botanical Garden, and the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair in July.

Neighborhoods around here include Medina, the only city in which no businesses are allowed with such residents as Bill Gates and the Nordstroms; Cougar Mountain, located south of the I-90 corridor with its new construction; and the neighborhood of Clyde Hill with its beautiful Clyde Hill Park overlooking Lake Washington and Overlake Golf Course.

Bellevue is also within 45 minutes of the Summit at Snoqualmie, a ski resort located at nearby Snoqualmie Pass. Millions of dollars have recently been spent in renovations to this facility. No matter where you go, you'll find that Bellevue features metropolis, mountains and sea, all within only an hour of each other.

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