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March 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

With new diversity, Bellevue defies its “Blah-vue” image

If you had to guess, which of these two neighborhoods would you say is the more racially diverse: Capitol Hill’s hip, edgy Pike/Pine — or Bellevue’s BMW-filled, mall-packed downtown? If that setup didn’t make it completely obvious, the “surprise” answer is: downtown Bellevue. In fact, according to a well-known measure of diversity, Bellevue, overall, is a…

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November 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Bellevue ranked among nation’s top hipster hot spots

Bellevue College in the newly hip 98007 zip code (Photo: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Bellevue College in the newly hip 98007 ZIP code (Photo: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

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.

Yes, seriously.

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.”

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October 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Bellevue named one of the best places to live in the U.S.

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…

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