Relatively new city is still growing and adding homes

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Population: About 61,000

Location: Sammamish is an Eastside city bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west, Redmond to the north, Fall City to the east and Issaquah to the south.

Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s a largely residential city on a plateau that’s filled with subdivisions (many on private roads); pretty lakefront; numerous neighborhood parks with well-maintained play areas and trails; and a couple shopping complexes with grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores. Nature abounds here — many small parks and larger state and regional parks are just a few minutes away by car. It’s close to Eastside cities, including Redmond and Bellevue; Highway 202 is just north, and I-90 just south.

Distance from downtown Seattle: About 20 miles, 30 minutes by car without traffic

School district: Issaquah School District or Lake Washington School District

Major nearby employers: Microsoft, Costco Wholesale, Siemens Industry Inc.

Housing: Some midcentury homes and many new ones (look for the sandwich-board signs on the sides of roads advertising newly built homes, as well as many still under construction).

Historical facts: Sammamish is a relatively young city, incorporated in August 1999. It previously had tried to become part of Issaquah (a vote to annex to Issaquah failed twice). Most of its homes were built in the 1970s and ’80s. Its name is derived from the Native American words “samena,” meaning hunter, and “mish,” meaning people.

Recreation: Pine Lake Park, along picturesque Pine Lake, is popular among families for its large play area and ball fields, plus its beach and docks, which are especially popular among local fishermen. Beaver Lake Park also has lakefront access (and fishing, but not a dock) as well as various walking trails, grassy lawns and play areas for kids and dogs. Other notable parks include Ebright Creek Park and East Sammamish Park, among many others, and Lake Sammamish State Park abuts the neighborhood to the south. The Sahalee Country Club and its members-only golf course are in the northern end of the city.

Walk score (out of 100): 12

Bike score (out of 100): N/A

Transit score (out of 100): N/A

Zillow Home Value Index: $758,700 (as of May 2016)

Zillow Rent Index: $2,972 (as of May 2016)

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: City of Sammamish,, Zillow.