The home of Microsoft with a small-town USA feel.
Redmond's family focus belies its gritty beginnings. The Sammamish River through Redmond once contained so much salmon that people were supposedly able to rake the salmon in, thus its first name of Salmonberg. Logging was necessary to clear land for homesteads so the enormous tree stumps often had to be dynamited out of the ground. No such excitement these days - Redmond is family-friendly with numerous chain stores and restaurants with a very good school district (Lake Washington School District) and almost 17 sqare miles of homes and apartments.
Redmond is bordered by Kirkland to the west, Bellevue to the southwest while Sammamish is to the southeast and Lake Sammamish right to the south. Unincorporated King County lies to the north and east.
Redmond is an affluent town with most residents living in single-family homes. Residents love the mix of an almost-rural atmosphere with easy access to the city and all kind of great neighborhoods and communities. Most homes are Victorian style or post modern with nice yards and friendly neighbors.
Redmond is part of the Lake Washington School District with numerous options for schools in the area depending on your location in Redmond. There are also private school options in the area in neighboring towns.
landmarks & Scenes:
Redmond is the Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest, as it has the only velodrome in the state at Marymoor Park. In addition to the large green spaces here, there is also an enormous off-leash dog park, a climbing rock and a model airplane field.
Food & Drink:
Along with the usual restaurant chains, there's the Root Beer Store (yes, only root beer), Black Raven Brewing, and the British Pantry, which is a pub, restaurant and purveyor of UK food.
The Redmond Saturday Market is the oldest farmers' market on the Eastside and runs from May to October. Redmond Town Center mall has an REI with an indoor climbing wall. If you’re looking for authentic cowboy boots – visit Redmond Work and Western Wear nearby.
Check out Marymoor Park Concerts to hear a good band or the iPic Theater for the latest movies – but with a twist: iPic offers a bar and proper food to take into the screening!
Sports & Outdoors:
Enjoy trail walking, running or cycling along the Sammamish River Trail, plus rowing on Lake Sammamish with fishing and boating. Horseback riding at an equestrian center or soccer on the many playing fields are also offered.
arts & culture:
SecondStory Repertory at the Redmond Town Center has year-round plays as well as concerts, comedy and informal stagings of new work. If you’re interested in cars, check out Exotics at Redmond Town Center (we're talking Ferraris and Lamborghinis) for their weekly gatherings.
Redmond is family-centric, with a couple outdoor play areas for children in Redmond Town Center. In the summer, visit Idylwood Beach Park..