This former timber town has become a close-to-nature bedroom community that attracts families and outdoorsy folk.

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Population: 6,460

Location: North Bend is inland from the lakefront and bayfront communities that typify Puget Sound, perched in the foothills of the Cascade mountains well east of Seattle and the Eastside. The town is just off Interstate 90 and about three miles southeast of Snoqualmie.

Why people move to this neighborhood: Once a timber town, North Bend has become a bedroom community that attracts families and outdoorsy folk seeking proximity to the great outdoors as well as easy highway commutes to the Eastside and Seattle. The downtown retail strip is lined with diners and boutiques as well as live music and theater venues. A public library and newer art museum enrich the living experience, and a visitors’ center and outlet mall greet visitors.

Distance from downtown: North Bend is roughly 30 miles east of Seattle and 24 miles east of Bellevue.

School district: Snoqualmie Valley School District

Major employers: Many residents of North Bend commute west toward larger communities for work. Local employers include Nintendo North Bend, the retailers at North Bend Premium Outlets, nearby Snoqualmie’s hospital and casino, T-Mobile and Philips Oral Healthcare.

Housing: North Bend features mostly single-family homes and some rental town houses. Homes vary from in-town bungalows and ramblers to custom log cabins or estate-like properties on acreage, with new planned developments adding more choices to the mix.

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Historical Facts: Always known for its scenic beauty, North Bend was part of the Snoqualmie Prairie, populated by the Snoqualmie tribe. Non-Native American settlers arrived in the 1850s, with New York farmer Jeremiah Borst credited as the first. Farmers raised hops and vegetables and loggers cut timber, and a railroad that stretched to town from points west helped them transport goods to Seattle. The town incorporated in 1909. Plans for I-90 sparked controversy among locals, but once the highway was sited south of the main town, its presence contributed to the prosperity of the community for residents, and to its accessibility for visitors.

Recreation: North Bend is an easy drive to winter recreation at Snoqualmie Pass (20 minutes east) and to hikes along nearby Mount Si or Rattlesnake Ridge, and it is situated near bicycling trails and rivers for fishing and kayaking. Multiple parks serve the residents of North Bend: Torguson Park’s 17 acres include playing fields, a skateboard park, a climbing tower and picnic facilities. Five-acre E.J. Roberts Park offers tennis and basketball courts and a playground, and Si View Park offers a pool, gym and community center.

Zillow Home Value Index: $442,800

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Zillow Rent Index: $2,258

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