Nestled between the Issaquah Alps and Lake Sammamish, Issaquah is a historic community focused on a dynamic future. Known for trailheads and salmon, the city is also a major employment and retail hub on the Eastside. In 2015, Nerd Wallet rated Issaquah the 5th Best Place to start a Business in Washington. Issaquah is home to Costco Wholesale’s world headquarters. Global technology giants, including Microsoft, maintain a robust presence, as does real estate notable John L Scott.
Local Businesses also include dining and shopping options along Front Street in Olde Town, East Lake Sammamish Center, Issaquah Commons, Meadows Shopping Center, Pickering Place and charming Gilman Village. Regularly occurring events including Art Walks and Wine Walks draw people in, enlivening the downtown area.
The community’s largest event, though, is Issaquah Salmon Days, held the first weekend in October. Each year 150,000+ visitors come to view the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and its spawning salmon and to enjoy art, music, food and fun “fishy” activities.
Other must see Issaquah attractions include top notch productions at Village Theatre, Issaquah Farmers Market (Saturdays, May to September), Boehm’s Candies chocolate factory, Gilman Town Hall Museum, the restored Issaquah Trail Depot, and Cougar Mountain Zoo.
The majestic Issaquah Alps offer year round recreation including hiking, mountain biking and paragliding, while Lake Sammamish State Park is perfect for fishing, boating, and swimming.
Housing choices include historic downtown homes, homes with acreage, multi family dwellings and the innovative Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages. These housing choices, along with great schools and community spirit landed Issaquah on Family Circle’s 2015 Best Towns For Families List.
Issaquah’s liveability makes the city a magnet for new residents. City leaders have adopted a long term plan that focuses on environmental protection, jobs, housing and the rapid transit needs of this growing community.