Living in Redmond WA | Neighborhood Profile

Welcome to Redmond

Welcome to the bicycle capital of the northwest! Redmond is a buzzing tech hub, brimming with culture and organic beauty. Home to Microsoft, AT&T and Nintendo, Redmond is noteworthy but still maintains its small-town feel. What’s it like living in Redmond WA? Read on..

Redmond is flanked by Kirkland to the west, Sammamish to the southeast, and Bellevue to the southwest. The downtown area is located just above Lake Sammamish with most homeowners residing on the north and west side of the lake.

Population67,678 (2018)
Median Household Income$123,721 (2017)
Median Housing Price$840,000 (2019)
Median Gross Rent$1,951 (2019)
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Commute Times (Peak Hours)

Sea-Tac Airport23.3 Miles| 26-35 min
Seattle Downtown15.3 Miles | 18-28 min
Stevens Pass Ski Resort70 Miles | 1hr 20 min – 1 hr 50 min

Redmond History

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Originally populated by Native Americans, Redmond was first visited by European Settlers in the 1870s. At this time the rivers were so dense with salmon that the pre-Redmond settlement was called Salmonberg. 

As the population slowly grew to over 300 residents, eventually Redmond was incorporated in 1912. 

Post WWII, the city started expanding exponentially. With the construction of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (also called the 520) in 1963, this allowed Redmond to proliferate as an outlying district to Seattle. 

The next major construction project is the Light Rail East Link Extension; it aims to alleviate traffic congestion problems from Seattle to Redmond starting in 2023. 

Life in Redmond | What’s it like?

Rain or sunshine, you’ll find Redmond residents traversing the parks, many trails and neighborhoods on foot or by bicycle; you’ll quickly notice this city is health focused with a large number of occupants opting for healthy commuting options. 

Redmond possesses an impressive park footprint at over 1300 acres and roughly 30 miles of fully developed trails.  

Marymoor is the largest park location bringing in over 3 million people a year. There are an array of activities and areas available from rock climbing, sports facilities, a cycling track and a 40 acre dog park. There are many concerts and events held at Marymoor year round. 

The downtown area contains Redmond Town Center, offering many outdoor restaurants and shopping options all available on foot.  During the warmer months, The Saturday Market has music, activities and fresh produce available. 

There’s something to do for every resident living in Redmond WA 👌😎

Eat | Drink | Play 

Redmond has a profusion of options for entertainment, wining and dining; here are some of our favorite locations:

Recreation:

Restaurants:

Bars, Lounges & Tasting Rooms:

Redmond Housing Market

As of this writing, Redmond has a median housing price of $840,000 up .7% YOY. The area is still growing but buyers are finally getting some much needed relief. Inventory is still much lower than the national average.

Live up-to-date Redmond housing market data from the NWMLS

Check out our market stats page or previous posts for more info on the Seattle Housing Market. 

Average Rent in Redmond 

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Lake Washington School District

Redmond is covered by the Lake Washington School District, which serves 95,000 students in 51 schools grades PK, K-12. This district has a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. 

The district’s on-time graduation rate is 94% and over 78% of students enroll in post-secondary education after graduation!

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Redmond Cost of Living

Per bestplaces.net, Redmond has a cost of living score of 185.1 compared to a US average of 100. This is a product of rising home prices and a vibrant tech-sector. 

COST OF LIVINGRedmondWashingtonUSA
  Overall185.1118.7100
  Grocery109.5101.1100
  Health85.283.8100
  Housing356.1164.9100
  Median Home Cost$840,000$381,300$231,200
  Utilities71.374100
  Transportation127.9113.6100
  Miscellaneous119.899.4100

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