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Bothell

Bothell has grown in recent decades from a sleepy, semi-rural suburb of Seattle to a popular residential destination. The commute times to Seattle or Bellevue can vary greatly, based on traffic—but the distance from the bigger metropolises gives Bothell a quiet, small-town vibe that the locals cherish. An ongoing revitalization plan for its downtown has resulted in a blossoming of great dining and shopping options. McMenamins Anderson School is a former 1930s junior high that was transformed into a multi-use space with a hotel, a movie theater, a large saltwater pool (free for locals) with a surrounding tiki bar, several eateries, and a live music venue. Bothell’s downtown is pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and one block of Main Street is now completely car free. Locals also love the Sammamish River Trail, a paved bike corridor that runs from Bothell to Redmond.

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Bothell 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, with 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.