From 1,000 feet above Bellevue, residents enjoy spectacular vistas, quick commutes and handy shopping
Location: Somerset is bordered by Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, then 132nd Avenue Southeast, to the west; Southeast Newport Way to the north; 151st Avenue Southeast to the east; and Coal Creek to the south.
Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s a quiet, affluent suburban neighborhood on a hill with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and downtown Seattle. It’s just a few minutes from I-90 and Highway 405 and close to shops and businesses in Factoria, including the Marketplace at Factoria. Somerset has good schools and a large population of foreign-born immigrants — about 38 percent of its residents are Asian.
Distance from downtown Seattle: About 11 miles, 20 minutes by car without traffic
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School district: Bellevue School District
Major employers: Microsoft, T-Mobile, Bellevue College
Housing: Mostly midcentury single-family homes; a small number of multifamily buildings toward the northern and eastern perimeters
Walk score (out of 100): 13
Transit score (out of 100): 23
Bike score (out of 100): 13
Historical facts: Construction began on Somerset’s 22 divisions in the 1960s, with the last division completed in the late ’70s. Its highest point is just under 1,000 feet in elevation, making it a popular spot to watch major events from afar, including the Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington during Seafair or the annual Fourth of July fireworks.
Recreation: Somerset has a few small neighborhood parks, including Eastgate Park (the largest park, with ball fields, a playground and wooded trails, as well as the South Bellevue Community Center), Foresthill Park, Westwood Highlands Park and Meadow Wood Park. The Somerset Recreation Club offers competitive and recreational swimming and tennis programs.
Zillow Home Value Index: $902,500 (as of April 2016)
Zillow Rent Index: $3,421 (as of April 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 Bellevue, Google Maps, City of Bellevue/Neighborhood Demographic Profiles, walkscore.com, Zillow.