Discovering: Issaquah, Washington

Dear Buyers and Sellers,

I thought I’d start a series on the Eastside communities of Seattle.  I hope you find it interesting

Issaquah is a community with much to offer, whether you are looking to visit for a day or stay for a lifetime. Our community of 17,000+ is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor just 16 miles east of Seattle. Once a logging and mining village, Issaquah is now one of the fastest growing communities in Washington and has become one of the best destinations to live, work, play and do business in the Northwest. Known as the “Issaquah Alps”, Cougar, Tiger & Squak mountains form the natural wonders at the base of the Cascades for boundless opportunities to enjoy outdoor sports and activities. A Saturday farmer’s market, chocolate factory, zoological park, salmon hatchery and operating trolleys are just a few of the attractions that make Issaquah a must see for visitors.

The City of Issaquah is primarily located on a valley floor bordered by the steep, forested hillsides of Tiger, Squak and Cougar mountains and by the southern end of Lake Sammamish. The heart of the community is the City’s historic downtown. Issaquah Creek and the Fish Hatchery are the predominant presence throughout the city center. Public buildings and amenities create a central campus of destination facilities and areas for community interaction.

Diverse residential neighborhoods and commercial areas fill in the valley’s floor. Historic housing areas, multifamily complexes and newer suburban neighborhoods extend the community’s characteristic ties to its natural environment. Open spaces, trees, landscaping, parks and recreational areas are interspersed throughout the City. Established neighborhoods are nestled in the surrounding treecovered hillsides, in close proximity to newer urban villages surrounded by open space environments.

A variety of business uses coexist. The tree-lined Gilman Boulevard, the historic downtown and newer retail complexes combine to meet the needs of residents. The City is the beneficiary of the economic vitality provided by diversity of economic activity; from small to large retail stores; cultural and recreational attractions; and commercial offices that range from home businesses to international corporate headquarters.

The City has invested generously in public parks, open space and recreational properties. Municipal facilities allow a high level of service to residents. Protection of the City’s quality of life, natural environment and the small town atmosphere of its downtown core have been major themes is land use decisions.  Enjoy small town living with nature as your backdrop!

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