These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Bellevue, WA For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Bellevue are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Bellevue, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Bellevue neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Bellevue are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Bellevue for 2018:

  1. Newport Shores (Homes)
  2. Somerset (Homes)
  3. Meydenbauer (Homes)
  4. Tam O’shanter (Homes)
  5. Lakemont (Homes)
  6. Downtown (Homes)
  7. Interlake (Homes)
  8. Newport Hills (Homes)
  9. Eastgate (Homes)
  10. Hidden Valley (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Bellevue that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Bellevue.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Bellevue for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Bellevue, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Bellevue.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Newport Shores.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Bellevue has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Newport Shores

Population: 1,306
Median Income: $123,640
Median Home Value: $662,734

Newport is a neighborhood in Bellevue, WA. It contains the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405 and the Newport Shores district lying along the Lake Washington Shore, west of I-405.
More on Newport Shores: Real Estate | Data

2. Somerset

Population: 13,464
Median Income: $125,980
Median Home Value: $623,342

Somerset is a neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington. It contains Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Eastgate Park and Somerset Elementary School. Residents say Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue French for beautiful view must have had in mind when they named the city. The hill called Somerset, which tops out just under 1,000 feet, turned out to be a favorite spot to gaze out across Lake Washington and Seattle to Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. And the beautiful view continues today, with Somerset being a favorite vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve fireworks or to just take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle.
More on Somerset: Real Estate | Data

3. Meydenbauer

Meydenbauer Bellevue, WA

Population: 3,343
Median Income: $96,004
Median Home Value: $665,700

Meydenbauer Center is a convention center in Bellevue, Washington. It is located adjacent to Bellevue City Hall and Interstate 405. The center opened in 1993. It has a 36,000-square-foot exhibition hall, a 12,000-square-foot meeting room, a 410-seat performing arts theatre, and 434 parking spaces. In 2009 the center added a 2,500 sqft executive center that includes three meeting rooms. Meydenbauer Center hosts over 300 events each year including conventions, corporate meetings and events, and trade shows.
More on Meydenbauer: Real Estate | Data

4. Tam O’Shanter

Population: 2,437
Median Income: $113,727
Median Home Value: $548,667

More on Tam O’shanter: Real Estate | Data

5. Lakemont

Population: 5,558
Median Income: $150,832
Median Home Value: $741,214

Lakemont is a neighborhood located on the Northern face of Cougar Mountain and is often used to refer to many of the communities on Cougar Mountain centered on Lakemont Park and Lewis Creek Park. The majority of Lakemont is located within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington but part of it also falls within Issaquah, Washington. The neighborhood falls fully within the Issaquah School District. Some sections within the Lakemont Community Association include Branderwood, Brighton, Creekside Circle, Longshadow Ridge, Wyngate, Woodcroft, Greystone, Findley Court, Silverleaf, Vuemont Meadows, Collingwood, Sky Mountain, Stratford, Chandler Park, Lakemont Woods,Forest Ridge, the Summit, Belvedere and Lakemont Highlands. There is one small shopping center in Lakemont with a variety of stores. Lakemont borders the nearby cities of Issaquah and Newport, and is one of the largest suburban areas of Bellevue.
More on Lakemont: Real Estate | Data

6. Downtown

Downtown Bellevue, WA

Population: 14,906
Median Income: $88,551
Median Home Value: $532,170

Downtown Bellevue is the central business district of Bellevue, Washington. It comprises 400 acres bounded by I-405 to the east, NE 12th Street to the north, 100th Ave NE to the west, and Main Street to the south. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington with more than 50,000 employees and 12,000 residents. Geographically centered near the heart of the Puget Sound region, the downtown is a regional growth center with just over 9 million square feet of Class A office space, major retail and entertainment destinations, more than 2,500 hotel rooms, and nearly 10,000 housing units.
More on Downtown: Real Estate | Data

7. Interlake

Population: 4,043
Median Income: $106,338
Median Home Value: $452,675

More on Interlake: Real Estate | Data

8. Newport Hills

Population: 2,510
Median Income: $104,410
Median Home Value: $470,767

Newport is a neighborhood in Bellevue, WA. It contains the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405 and the Newport Shores district lying along the Lake Washington Shore, west of I-405.
More on Newport Hills: Real Estate | Data

9. Eastgate

Eastgate Bellevue, WA

Population: 6,367
Median Income: $111,515
Median Home Value: $537,850

Eastgate is a neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington, United States. The population was 4,958 at the 2010 census. It was annexed by Bellevue in 2012.
More on Eastgate: Real Estate | Data

10. Hidden Valley

Population: 2,210
Median Income: $102,998
Median Home Value: $505,950

More on Hidden Valley: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Bellevue

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Bellevue where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Bellevue:

  1. Robinswood
  2. Overlake
  3. Lake Hills

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Bellevue

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Newport Shores 1,306 $662,734 1,343 4.2%
2 Somerset 13,464 $623,342 1,343 4.6%
3 Meydenbauer 3,343 $665,700 1,343 2.1%
4 Tam O’Shanter 2,437 $548,667 1,432 4.2%
5 Lakemont 5,558 $741,214 1,343 4.4%
6 Downtown 14,906 $532,170 1,343 4.2%
7 Interlake 4,043 $452,675 2,269 3.4%
8 Newport Hills 2,510 $470,767 2,190 2.8%
9 Eastgate 6,367 $537,850 1,635 4.5%
10 Hidden Valley 2,210 $505,950 1,528 4.8%
11 Woodbridge 3,436 $530,333 1,582 7.1%
12 North Bellevue 2,074 $608,433 1,343 5.7%
13 Phantom Lake 2,377 $489,233 1,880 3.4%
14 Bridle Trails 10,296 $490,357 1,530 5.9%
15 Wilburton 6,267 $472,238 2,225 3.7%
16 Vasa 1,563 $526,433 1,780 5.0%
17 Factoria 3,010 $399,200 2,842 3.8%
18 Crossroads 5,548 $426,900 2,798 4.9%
19 Lake Hills 12,672 $432,333 2,621 6.0%
20 Overlake 11,537 $381,310 2,756 5.5%
21 Robinswood 1,647 $380,833 2,970 2.4%

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