One of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Belltown is also one of its most dynamic. A transformation has occurred as young professionals, middle-aged empty nesters and others have relocated here. With approximately 11,000 residents, Belltown has the largest residential base of any downtown neighborhood. No longer a gritty, inner-city neighborhood, Belltown is an urban oasis-complete with P-Patch garden,historic Cottage Park, Regrade Dog Park, the spectacular Olympic Sculpture Park, a community center with programs and special events, and the Bell Street Park featuring a fountain, play area, and performance space. Belltown’s “in-city” location, amenity-laden apartments, upscale condos, trendy shops and sophisticated new eateries, along with popular musical venues like Dimitrious’ Jazz Alley, and the Crocodile Cafe that showcase local and national talent, exemplify urban living at its best.

Nestled on a forested plateau between Issaquah and Redmond, Sammamish boasts a population of nearly 50,000. Since incorporating in 1999, Sammamish has followed its vision: To be a community of families that values a small town atmosphere and suburban character. If you spend a little time in this city on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Sammamish, you’ll see that this vision is right on track.

In 2015, ValuePenguin ranked Sammamish the #1 Safest City in Washington State. Tree lined streets in well groomed neighborhoods make it an ideal community for families. Residential neighborhoods of all kinds, including the upscale, gated community of Sahalee, are located around  Sammamish. “The Plateau,” as it is commonly referred to, is developing at a dizzying pace as its popularity and land value increases. A variety of stores, restaurants, and services are available within the city, but Sammamish is also located within easy commuting and shopping distance to Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle.

Children are well served by three distinguished school districts and have a broad array of trails, sports fields, parks and other recreational amenities at their disposal. And there’s no shortage of fun events in these public places. Pine Lake Park is home to a summer concert series, Sammamish Commons Park hosts the July 4th Celebration and a farmers market, and Beaver Lake Park’s Halloween Event is always a hit. The Parks & Recreational Department and various private entities also provide an array of youth activities. Recreational options for all ages include fishing, swimming, boating and golf. Sahalee Country Club, one of America’s top 100 courses, will host the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.