Eastside North Modern Homes
Suburbs north and east of Bellevue and Kirkland are quickly becoming in-demand areas to live as homeowners seek privacy and space. Many of these more rural towns and communities have restaurants, shops, and other convenient amenities for residents. Find classic modern properties that have been carefully preserved as well as contemporary builds, new condos, and Northwest Modern homes.
CNN Money named Redmond, just east of Kirkland, the fifth best small town in 2012. The area is undoubtedly Microsoft country, and the rapid growth of the computer giant set off a flurry of development in recent decades. Bonuses for homeowners include the popular Redmond Town Center outdoor mall and 560-acre Marymoor Park, which features a velodrome, climbing wall, off-leash dog park, and playing fields. The city’s close proximity to natural attractions like Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Mountains also make it an appealing place to live.
Further north, Woodinville offers the best of both worlds: a burgeoning wine tourism district with nearly 100 tasting rooms and large homes on generous lots in quiet, residential areas. Rural farmland and forested acres are a draw for those seeking room to grow. Unincorporated Hollywood Hill is a sought-after enclave for those who are willing to pay a premium.
Tucked between the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Sammamish Plateau is a peaceful retreat for families and those seeking a more laid-back lifestyle. (Forbes even named Sammamish the Friendliest Town in the United States in 2012.) The orchards and rural farms that were once here in the early 20th century have slowly given way to retail centers and housing developments. Today, the Plateau is prized for its proximity to recreational activities like hiking, golfing, and boating, and for its scenic natural surrounds. It’s also a popular vacation spot in summer.
At the confluence of the Snoqualmie River and Raging River in Snoqualmie Valley, unincorporated Fall City is a rural bedroom community with around 5,000 residents. Its historic farming roots are evidenced today in U-Pick farms and abundant small-town charm. However, large estates and nearby attractions—the Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort, hiking in the Cascade Mountains, outlet stores in North Bend, Snoqualmie Falls, and three golf courses—make it a desirable escape.