Eastside Seattle Real Estate Information
Eastside is not a specific town or city but rather a collection of suburban communities that comprise the eastern edge of Seattle proper. Quite obviously, the name is derived from the suburb’s locations east of downtown Seattle. Although there is no formal boundaries that demark where Eastside is exactly located, it is commonly defined to include the communities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Mercer Island, Redmond, and Sammamish. This falls in line with the belief that all suburbs between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish are considered part of the Eastside region. Quite often, Northshore cities like Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville are included in the Eastside district as well. The Eastside is often used in describing the area where world-renowned magnates like Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer, John Stanton, and Craig McCaw have large residences and pieces of real estate.
Most of the communities in Eastside were begun to support the extensive logging and mining industries of the late 19th and 20th centuries. As hubs for these industries, the towns grew quite rapidly to support the lucrative industries. After the decline of logging and mining, most of the region moved on to become centers of dairy production and berry farming, both of which continue today, albeit at much more limited output. For the most part, the neighborhoods of Eastside are suburban in nature and serve the growing amount of people who work in downtown Seattle and other surrounding industrial areas.
While a large amount of residents of Eastside properties commute into Seattle, there are several work and job opportunities in the Eastside area itself. 5th Cell, ArenaNet, Boeing, Clark Number, Coinstar, Drugstore.com, Eddie Bauer, Expedia, The Generations Network, InfoSpace, Microsoft, Motriciy, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Orahealth Corporation, QFC, ShareBuilder, Symetra, T-Mobile, Value Village, Valve Corporation, and WizKids all have significant operations in Eastside. A number of bio-technology and medical compaies like Amgen, Icos, and Merck have large local operations as do several entertainment and video gaming media companies.
The Eastside is connected to Seattle by the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge as well as the third Lake Washington Bridge. These connections provide easy access to the city for residents who commute every day to work in the city itself.