Percentage of City: 9 percent
Under 18: 1,079 (9 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 8,805
Downtown Bellevue is the primary economic and employment center for the city and the region – and has become Bellevue’s fastest-growing residential neighborhood. Downtown sets a high bar for urban living, including upscale retail and a wide variety of dining and entertainment options. Downtown is now home to an intergenerational community, all enjoying the walkability, safety and energy of living in the heart of Bellevue’s city life.
Downtown Park with Inspiration Playground, the new Meydenbauer Beach Park on the shores of Lake Washington and KidsQuest children's museum next to Downtown Library are all within walking distance. Something fabulous is always close by: it could be a new exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, a show during summer's Jazz Festival, the cutting edge Bellwether arts experience, Wintergrass music festival in January, or some winter family-fun at Snowflake Lane. Old Bellevue on Main, the Bellevue Collection, the Bravern, or any of the specialty stores and restaurants located downtown provide opportunities to discover something new year-round. Downtown is also home to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Convention Center and City Hall.
The future for downtown Bellevue is bright. The city’s plan is to make downtown even more viable, livable and memorable. The Grand Connection will create pedestrian connections between Meydenbauer Beach Park, Downtown Park, along the Pedestrian Corridor and across I-405 into Wilburton.