Founded as an artists’ colony, this quaint, affluent town is one of King County’s smallest.

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Population: About 300

Location: The Town of Beaux Arts Village is bordered by Lake Washington to the west, Southeast 27th Street to the north, 108th Avenue Southeast to the east and Southeast 30th Street to the south.

Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s one of the smallest towns in King County (just 0.1 square miles), tucked away from traffic and seemingly far from city life, in between Bellevue and Lake Washington. While it’s just a minute or so off I-90, and close to I-405 as well, it consists mostly of narrow, heavily forested dead-end roads with white signs welcoming visitors at intersections throughout the quaint, affluent town. Residents say it has a small-town feel and is still extremely close to downtown Bellevue just north and downtown Seattle via I-90.

Distance from downtown Seattle: About 9 miles; 15 minutes by car without traffic

School district: Bellevue School District

Major nearby employers: Microsoft; T-Mobile and many others

Housing: Large, beautiful and architecturally varied single-family homes, ranging in style.

Walk score (out of 100): 20

Transit score (out of 100): N/A

Bike score (out of 100): 25

Historical facts: Beaux Arts Village was established as an artists’ colony in 1908 and was incorporated in 1954. The town originally was named after its academy, the Western Academy of Beaux Arts (WABA).

Recreation: There’s a private beach, open to residents of Beaux Arts and their guests, consisting of 1,100 feet of Lake Washington shoreline owned by WABA (and most homes are within walking distance). There are a few small parks nearby, as well as the expansive (320-acre) Mercer Slough Nature Park wetlands and its walking trails, guided canoe tours and environmental education center.

The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. The Zillow Rent Index is the monthly median rent Zestimate. Sources: Town of Beaux Arts Village, Google Maps,,