Close to Seattle with a historical downtown plus new housing developments.
Of all the suburbs on the east side, this one is perhaps the most interesting. The downtown core has retained much of its historical features. You can also find a zoo on Cougar Mountain, the Costco headquarters, and access to Lake Sammamish for both boating and recreational activities. There is new construction of housing on the Issaquah Highlands and quality public schools.
Issaquah is wedged between Lake Sammamish and Sammamish to the north, Tiger Mountain to the east, Squak Mountain to the south, and Cougar Mountain to the west. These three mountains are collectively called the Issaquah Alps.
Large, Victorian, single-family homes have a suburban practicality. These homes are often growing the number of floors to provide more family space. Although the yards can be small, the great neighborhoods accommodate the modern family.
Issaquah has its own well-rated school district for grades K-12. They also have great family programs to keep everyone active in the community.
landmarks & Scenes
Front Street North in downtown Issaquah has many historical buildings. Since its opening in 1906, one of the most striking buildings is the Dairygold milk plant where large milk trucks still come and fill up. The Village Theater is also a popular draw.
Sammamish State Park has some of the most beautiful views imaginable.
Food & Drink:
A few must-gos include Boehms Candy in its Edelweiss chalet, and Triple XXX with burgers the size of hubcaps. There are a surprising number of ethnic restaurants in addition to Stan's Bar B-Q for Kansas style BBQ, northwest beer, and great music.
Check out Gilman Village for independent retailers and restaurants, or Rewind Clothing Store on Front Street for consignment clothing. Of course, there's the original Costco here (good luck finding parking so come early).
Arts & Culture:
There are Art Walks from May to September, Concerts on the Green July through August, Salmon Days in the first week of October, Reindeer Festival in December at Cougar Mountain Zoo, and of course, the Village Theatre on Front Street.
On a rainy day, try the indoor Julius Boehm pool. If the weather is better, check out the Historic Train Museum or one of the many hiking trails in the area.