Downtown Redmond is a delightful neighborhood located in Redmond, Washington. Redmond is in King County, located 16 miles east of Seattle but still considered part of the Seattle metropolitan area. It’s centrally located between the lush Sammamish River Valley and the remarkable city of Seattle. Redmond’s population is approximately 54,144 residents, and the area boasts a long, interesting history and heritage. Based on artifacts discovered at the Redmond Town Center archaeological site, Native Americans lived in the Redmond area for 10,000 years or more. In the 1870’s, European settlers arrived in the area. Natural resources, such as abundant forests, drew more people to the area where fishing, logging, mining, and small scale farming became common trades. Redmond was incorporated in 1912 when the population reached 300 residents. In the 1920’s, Redmond experienced an economic downturn as prohibition forced the closing of saloons, which provided a substantial portion of the town’s tax base. Extensive logging created deforested areas, suitable for farming and agriculture, which kept local residents fed during the Great Depression. During WWII, Redmond shipyards provided local residents with work. Redmond flourished after the war ended. In 1978, the United States Census Bureau proclaimed Redmond the fastest growing city in the state. Redmond Town Center opened in 1997, the culmination of the 90’s commercial boom.
Residents of Redmond are positioned to enjoy a charming small-town lifestyle with easy access to big city amenities as Seattle is a mere 16 miles away. Traffic congestion is being mitigated by expansion of SR-520 and plans are for light rail service from Redmond to Seattle to open in 2023. Redmond is home to technology giants Microsoft and Nintendo of America. Other corporations calling Redmond home are AT&T Mobility, Volt Technical Resources, SpaceX and Honeywell. Downtown Redmond is home to nearly 6,000 residents and more than 10,000 jobs. Plans are for downtown to serve one-third of Redmonds planned housing growth through 2030. Since 2010, the number of multi-family home permits being issued has soared to 1,200. Walking or bicycling is an easy way to get to work for residents who live and work in the downtown neighborhood. Redmond has earned the moniker “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest.” Downtown Redmond combines residential and commercial buildings in traditional historic spaces, recreational opportunities, access to metropolitan areas,and appreciation for ethnic diversity in an unparalleled way. Redmond also offers a lively atmosphere in a strong economy. It’s typical of the Pacific Northwest in general to offer serene views of majestic mountains, close proximity to ocean views, diverse family activities, and upscale shopping in local stores. A great regional theater, local sporting tournaments, annual festivals, and local farmers markets all add to the exceptional quality of life available in Downtown Redmond.
Homes currently on the market in and around the downtown area of Redmond range from approximately $189,000 for a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo to $1.3 million for a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home. The average listing price for a single family home in the Downtown Redmond area is about $670,000.
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