We see this all the time in real estate: a couple is buying a home, and one person works in Bellevue and the other person works in Seattle. One person will end up needing to cross a bridge for their commute, meaning we need to find a home in a neighborhood that offers easy access to popular employers in both Seattle AND Bellevue.
If you’re having the same conundrum, we’ve put together a ranking system and found the BEST neighborhoods to live in for easy access to both Seattle and Bellevue.
Here’s our criteria for what each of our top-ranked neighborhoods needs to have:
- Easy access to ONE of the bridges (I-90 or 520)
- Low-congestion and easy access to a ramp to get on the freeway you need
- Homes with price points as close to the median as possible (because of course you could spend $4 million and live on Lake Washington!). For these neighborhoods in Seattle and Bellevue, this means $1.3 million or less for a single-family home.
Located in Northeast Seattle (just north of University of Washington), Ravenna is right alongside Interstate-5. Hop on the freeway to get into South Lake Union and Downtown Seattle, or exit left onto the 520 Bridge to get to the Eastside.
#4 Maple Leaf
Nestled just north of Ravenna, this is a similar situation to Ravenna. It’s more affordable here, and it’s easy to get on I-5 from here and head into SLU and Downtown or exit onto 520.
#3 Mount Baker/North Beacon Hill
Located just south of I-90 and east of I-5, this area offers easy access to both freeways AND transit options that make it easy to get into Downtown Seattle, SLU, or to the Eastside via bus. There’s also a Link Light Rail Station coming to Judkins Park that will connect the area to the Eastside (as well as all of the Seattle stations) via Light Rail.
#2 Madison Valley/Arboretum
Nestled just east of Capitol Hill, the Madison Valley neighborhood is right next to Washington Park Arboretum. Take Lake Washington Boulevard through the Arboretum and connect to the 520 bridge from here, bypassing having to get onto the freeway at Montlake! You’re also a straight shot down Madison Street straight into Downtown Seattle—just hop on the #12 or the #2 bus.
And now we present… our # 1 choice! We decided to cheat a little a choose TWO, depending on which bridge you want to access:
#1 Woodridge in Bellevue (I-90 Bridge)
Woodridge is is just north of Factoria and right along both 405 and I-90. This means it’s easy to hop on the 405 into Downtown Bellevue, but just as easy to head over to Seattle via the I-90 Bridge.
#2 Ardmore in Bellevue (520 Bridge)
Located right along 520, Ardmore is also conveniently right next to a Microsoft campus. It’s a perfect location if you work at the campus right there, but you can also easily get onto 520 access to the 520 bridge and Seattle!
We have a new home listing in Bellevue’s convenient Ardmore neighborhood! This 2,900-square-foot gem is located just 0.3 miles from Microsoft’s Advanta campus. Click here for all info + photos.