While the area around downtown Bellevue blossomed and attracted residents in the mid-1800s, the Medina region remained unpopulated. It was mostly used for berry farms so bountiful that a strawberry festival was held in the city every year. The first permanent settler in Medina itself came in the 1880s, and soon mansions and even a small business district were built. When the Lake Washington Ship Canal project dropped the water level by nine feet in 1917, lakefront residents found themselves with new beach property, earning Medina the nickname “the golden coast.” The sentiment pretty much extends to the whole neighborhood.
Simply put, Medina is picturesque and slow-paced. It’s located to the west of downtown Bellevue, which is close enough to take advantage of all of its amenities, yet far enough away that you get that great neighborhood feel. Businesses like Wells Medina Nursery keep landscaping pristine, and the Medina Grocery store near the beach provides a great place to pick up picnic supplies. The whole hillside slopes in such a way that views of Lake Washington and beyond are bountiful, and several parks are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood to best enjoy its beauty. And, even though residents may not be stoked about the changes being made to the 520 bridge, they can’t complain about the ease at which they can travel to different destinations around the Seattle area.
Homes in Medina
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Located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, Medina has earned a reputation for one of the most desirable (and expensive) neighborhoods not only in Bellevue, but also in the nation.