It was named for birdsong. Current residents honor that naming, and preserve green spaces to sustain it.
Issaquah’s history includes mining and lumber and, more recently, the big industrial, tech and retail companies of Boeing, Microsoft and Costco. Those corporations and others have changed much of the face of Issaquah in terms of diversity and resident buy-in. Nowadays the town consists of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor. Downtown Issaquah maintained much of its historical charm and took on the challenge of attracting visual and performing artists of all genres, giving it a cutting-edge sensibility. Even the local cuisine reflects this spicy fusion of time and taste. During Salmon Days each Fall, artisans’ wares are put on display as residents welcome back their beloved salmon to their home waters. The free festival weekend, welcoming nearly half a million visitors annually, encompasses four stages for entertainment, sporting events, and open house at the salmon hatchery. Up in the Issaquah Alps, housing developments are tucked in between hiking trails, a zoo, and nearly unlimited outdoor fun. And Gilman Village, created from reclaimed farming and mining buildings, resembles a museum but is actually a forty-plus store retail destination shopping center.
Just fifteen miles east of Seattle, you can find yourself steeped in history and culture, thrust into the future, and living in parkland wonder. Astounding views from a country retreat, the sights, sounds and aromas of a mini-metropolis, great recreational opportunities and good schools, golf course neighborhoods and renovated hardware store lofts – this is a town of nearly infinite choices. Master planned community or mountain hideaway? Birdsong or jazz clarinet? Come to Issaquah and be astounded at all of your options.
|Population||Over 31,000 based on 2010 Census|
|2014 Median Home Price||$465,000 (includes residential and condos)|
|Events||Issaquah Salmon Days
Art Walks, Concerts on the Green
Village Theater Live Stage Plays
Live Shakespeare Performances
|Awards||Best Place to Live (Outside)
Best Suburb (Sunset)