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Windermere Community Guides

We know local neighborhoods inside and out. Check out these neighborhood spotlights with city resources, community info, crime mapping, and more. Once you find neighborhoods of interest, you can easily search area homes or condos.

Mercer Island & the Eastside

The Eastside is comprised of the cities of Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Medina, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, and Woodinville. It is located on the east side of Lake Washington, opposite Seattle.


Bellevue is home to major Fortune 500 and tech companies and in 2023 will become a light rail hub. Its highly desirable suburban neighborhoods and convenient downtown condo core have become some of the most sought-after real estate in the region. Bellevue’s diverse neighborhoods span price ranges from ultra-elite waterfront estates to moderately affordable condominiums.


Northwest views and community-orientated neighborhoods with easy access across the mountains to the east, or west into Bellevue and Seattle, make Issaquah a great location for local commuters. Noted for its high livability standards, Issaquah has plenty of amenities, a low crime rate, and a high emphasis on education and quality of life. About 36,000 residents call Issaquah home.


Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront city with a unique balance of outdoor recreation, local dining, and boutique shopping. One of many dog-friendly cities in the region, Kirkland remains very walkable. Promenades flow down Central Way, Park Lane, and Kirkland Avenue, brimming with lush vegetation and manicured foliage. Kirkland is home to Google and major tech companies.

Medina, Clyde Hill & the Points

Arguably the most elite real estate in the Seattle region, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Evergreen Point command exceptionally high values for their predominately waterfront parcels located along the shores of Lake Washington. Most properties offer waterfront or sweeping territorial, lake, and city views that are unmatched locally. To the East, Clyde Hill is known for its spacious, estate-sized lots and beautifully maintained neighborhood streets with some of the most coveted homes in the region.

Mercer Island

Directly connected to the Seattle and Eastside metro areas by Interstate-90, Mercer Island offers a small-town feel with front row commute options that are the envy of surrounding local cities and a draw for many of its 22,000 residents. Beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools, and wonderfully maintained parks embrace a high quality of life on Mercer Island. 


Known for its abundant natural beauty, Redmond is located east of Seattle on the SR 520 corridor. Redmond is a bustling city with a population of 65,500. Its name is nearly synonymous with Microsoft and the many other high-tech companies that call Redmond home. Diverse and modern, Redmond is home to some amazing eateries, parks, and community gathering spaces.

Renton Highlands

An eclectic balance of opportunity, affordability and natural beauty makes Renton an ideal place to call home. The Landing, transit center redevelopment, and investment in the north downtown core are helping Renton attract businesses and become a more prominent local city. Community favorite gathering places include the many beachfront parks on Lake Washington.


The city of Sammamish—with its exceptional livability, focus on natural resources, and pristine appearance—is an outstanding local community with a suburban character. Lake Sammamish State Park, Marymoor Park, and a lakeside trail make Sammamish a great destination for recreation. Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in Washington and a favorite recreational lake.


Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Woodinville-Duvall region is ideal for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. It has close proximity to Microsoft—of which Duvall is on the company’s shuttle route. Woodinville is locally known for its Wine Country region, now expanded to include small boutique wineries, distilleries, and breweries scattered throughout the area.


Many neighborhoods are located within or near the city of Seattle. We've included each general region and their surrounds here. They include Ballard-Green Lake, Belltown-Downtown, Central Seattle, Kenmore-Lake Forest Park, North Seattle, Queen Anne-Magnolia, Shoreline-Richmond Beach, South Seattle, and West Seattle.

Ballard, Fremont & Green Lake

The Ballard, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods are located just north of the Seattle Metro area and across the ship canal from Queen Anne. Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and hopping local scene. Fisherman’s Terminal is home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. 

Belltown and Downtown

Belltown lies directly west of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, where Amazon houses its downtown headquarters. Downtown Seattle is a mecca of food, shopping, lodging and activities, with a gorgeous backdrop for events and festivals, professional sports, lively nightlife, and tourist attractions, supported by a vibrant cultural and performing arts community.

Central Seattle

Capitol Hill and Madison Park offer old Seattle charm close to the urban core. The Capitol Hill light rail station offers convenient access to downtown, UW and beyond. Madison park boasts the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum and Broadmoor Golf Club and could be considered an urban center retreat just outside of downtown Seattle.

Kenmore and Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park and Kenmore are quietly triangulated between Shoreline and the Snohomish county cities of Mountlake Terrace Brier. Enriched with parks, incredible water views, and an alcove of waterfront homes, this area offers an oasis-like setting just north of Seattle. Both are terrific neighborhoods, bustling with friendly people and diverse housing choices.

North Seattle

North Seattle’s many eclectic neighborhoods possess an incredible sense of community. Located north of Lake Union and the Montlake Cut, this area incorporates the University of Washington campus, the University District, and Children’s Hospital. The moderately affordable neighborhoods of Ravena, Northgate, Bitter Lake, Greenwood, and Olympic Hills can be found here along with the prestigious Laurelhurst and Broadview enclaves. The longstanding Hawthorn Hills, Maple Leaf, Sand Point, and Wedgwood neighborhoods also call this area home.

Queen Anne and Magnolia

Queen Anne is within walking distance of downtown Seattle and is known for its prominent architectural style that dominated the hill in its earliest days as a neighborhood. Magnolia is a natural peninsula located just west of Queen Anne and north of Downtown. Homes here are famous for their often incredible views. Three bridges provide access to Magnolia and help it retain its small community atmosphere amidst a huge urban city. Magnolia is home to the largest park in Seattle, the 534-acre Discovery Park.

Shoreline and Richmond Beach

The city of Shoreline offers an abundance of beauty with a saltwater shoreline and an interurban trail. Richmond Beach is the northernmost portion of the City of Shoreline, located along Puget Sound. Its community association prides itself on being “…one of the most inviting, vibrant, scenic, involved and “event-full” neighborhoods in the region.” Just north of Seattle and south of Edmonds, Richmond Beach offers an enviable community-filled lifestyle.

South Seattle

Beacon Hill, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to downtown commuters. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. Mount Baker and Seward Park, two of Seattle’s early neighborhoods boast traditional Craftsman homes and modest Seattle bungalows.

West Seattle

Gorgeous views from West Seattle of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, Cascade and Olympic mountains have contributed to residents’ love for the area and make this a favorite Puget Sound destination. Alki Beach offers sandy beach, lawn, fire pits, volleyball nets and a flat bike and pedestrian trail runs the length of the beach. The Junction is the heart of downtown West Seattle with shops, restaurants, coffee places, local services, and a year-round West Seattle Farmers Market.

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