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Bellevue started as a suburb, but it has come into its own and now proudly stands as a twin city to Seattle, rather than as a satellite. Bellevue, with its clout as a tech hub, serves as the nucleus of the Eastside: Amazon is expanding with plans to have 25,000 employees at its Bellevue campus, Meta has leased five buildings, and T-Mobile is headquartered here, along with branch offices of Salesforce and TikTok. Bellevue means “beautiful view” in French and it lives up to the name with stunning vistas everywhere, with Lake Washington on the west side and Lake Sammamish on the east side, plus the Olympic and Cascade mountains in the distance. One of Bellevue’s advantages is a very suburban one: free parking is easily found throughout. But the city is developing a pedestrian pathway called The Grand Connection that could be a harbinger of a changing future.

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Living in Greater Seattle

The splendid natural geography of the Seattle suburbs, which are surrounded by lakes, mountains, and fog-covered evergreens, defines the scenic string of towns that form Greater Seattle. The cities across Lake Washington are collectively known as the Eastside and mainly located in King County, while the North Country encompasses the towns in Snohomish County. There’s a deep concentration of tech companies in the region and many of these cities serve as economic hubs in their own right, including Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, outposts of Amazon and Facebook in Bellevue, and a new Google campus in Kirkland. Each town has a distinct personality and there’s a perfect Seattle suburb for almost everyone, whether you prefer an apartment in an urban core, a lakefront estate, or a rural farmhouse. Locals love to embrace the outdoors, with plentiful hiking, biking, swimming, and boating opportunities wherever you go.