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November 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Capitol Hill is so five-years-ago. Ballard? Over. No, the skinny-jeans crowd has moved on to…Bellevue.
That’s if we’re to believe the real-estate data firm RealtyTrac, which placed Bellevue’s 98007 — home to Bellevue College — among the top-10 up-and-coming hipster ZIP codes in the U.S.
The data crunchers at RealtyTrac went looking for nascent hipster neighborhoods in order to identify the best areas for real-estate investment. Apparently, hipsters are great for property values: “Thanks to an influx of trendy restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other amenities,” RealtyTrac’s news release says, “a neighborhood branded as hipster is likely to see property values and rental rates rise while vacancies and foreclosures decline.” (more…)
October 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Bellevue placed twelfth on a list of the “Top 100 Best Places To Live,” a ranking of small to mid-sized U.S. cities compiled by the website Livability.com.
The rankings, released on Wednesday, were developed for Livability.com by the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute.
Researchers studied 1,200 U.S. cities with populations of 20,000 to 350,000. The cities were evaluated in eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare.
Bellevue’s highest score, 86 out of a possible 100, was in the amenities category, which includes cultural, entertainment, and recreational offerings as well as access to parks and nature.
Washington had a strong showing in this year’s rankings. Five other Evergreen State cities placed in the top-100 behind Bellevue: Bellingham (25th), Tacoma (41st), Redmond (62nd), Everett (73rd) and Vancouver (96th).
Only two other states–California and Florida–can boast of six or more cities on the list.
Palo Alto, Calif., ranked first, one of 27 California cities to make the top-100.
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