Sixteen miles east of Seattle, Washington, lies the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest and the site of the state’s only velodrome – Redmond. More than 54,000 people now call this place home, in part because it is also the home of both Microsoft and Nintendo of America, as well as other high tech industries, but also because of the more than a thousand acres of developed parklands and green space. Incorporated in 1912, Redmond residents and planners have worked hard to retain the natural beauty and resources that once attracted Native Americans over ten thousand years ago, while nurturing a fusion of urban and suburban amenities.
People may have originally come here for the work, but certainly learned how to play. Skirting Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River, Redmond’s downtown is the site of several community events. Redmond Derby Days, a summer festival, began as a bike race over seventy-five years ago, and it now has morphed into a multi-day extravaganza that the whole community shows up for. Redmond Lights, held in December, heralds the beginning of the holiday season with a tree-lighting, luminary walk on the Sammamish Trail, and old-fashioned skating rink and carrousel. Performing arts are alive and well in Redmond, as evidenced by the Eastside Symphony and the Second Story Repertory Theater Company. Concerts at Marymoor, the county park located within the city limits, fill the amphitheater each summer with internationally celebrated artists. And local teens involved with the Eastside music scene relish the performances at the Old Redmond Firehouse. A rotating sculpture exhibition brings visual art to the outdoors. And, of course, the seventeen miles of biking and hiking trails allow for appreciation of the visual art with which Mother Nature gifted this region.
Along with the venerable downtown area Craftsmen and classic midcentury architecture dotting the area, newer residential developments are decorating the hills of Redmond Ridge. Master Planned, Golf Course and Active Adult communities are both established and under construction, and have captured the essence of treasuring green space while including all the modern conveniences.
If a vibrant and on-the-go lifestyle is what you seek, if great schools meet your needs, or the magnificent green hills, forests and waterways of the Northwest attract you, you can find it all – in Redmond.
|2014 Median Home Price||$550,000 (includes residential and condos)|
|Events||Redmond Derby Days
Concerts at Marymoor
2nd Story Repertory Company
Old Redmond Firehouse Concerts
|Awards||Top 5 Safest Places in Washington
Happiest Young Professionals (Forbes)
Top 5 Places to Live in America (Money Magazine)
One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids (Businessweek)