OUR COMMUNITY

While Bellevue has grown from forest and farms to a bourgeoning community, it still cherishes and celebrates green spaces with 2,700 acres of parks, 8,700 feet of waterfront, and even two blueberry farms.

Discover the collision site of Bellevue’s past and present each time you venture out of your apartment to experience nearby adventures.

BELLEVUE FARMERS MARKET

BELLEVUE FARMERS MARKET

Running each Thursday from May to October, the Bellevue Farmers Market is a weekly opportunity for seasonal produce, cut flowers, and fresh meats all made locally in Washington.

MERCER SLOUGH NATURE PARK

MERCER SLOUGH NATURE PARK

Rent paddleboards, canoes, or kayaks from REI Boathouse at Enatai Beach Park and explore Lake Washington to catch views of Downtown Bellevue in Meydenbauer Bay. Or, venture through the Mercer Slough Nature Park to spot a local otter or heron.

CLASSIC MEETS MODERN

CLASSIC MEETS MODERN

On what was previously strawberry fields, Old Bellevue is known for its original brick sidewalks and varied local shops. Find fresh- pressed juice and hand-blown glass alike.

MEYDENBAUER BAY

MEYDENBAUER BAY

Only a 15-minute walk from your apartment, Meydenbauer Bay Park is the newest beach park in Bellevue with a long, pedestrian pier, swim beach, REI Boathouse, and recreational courts.

BELLEVUE SQUARE

BELLEVUE SQUARE

For luxury shopping, visit The Bellevue Collection, under a half-mile away. Inside the airy shopping center, shop fashion’s superstar retailers or visit one of the 18 furniture and decor stores to update your home’s look.

BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN

BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN

Situated in the middle of Bellevue’s metropolitan space (and just over a mile from home), the botanical garden is 53-acres of manicured gardens, woodlands, and wetlands.

BELLEVUE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

BELLEVUE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Running each Thursday from May to October, the Bellevue Farmers Market is a weekly opportunity for seasonal produce, cut flowers, and fresh meats all made locally in Washington.

WALK THROUGH HISTORY

WALK THROUGH HISTORY

Visit Frederick W. Winters House to see Bellevue’s early, Spanish-influenced architecture or Cougar Mountain to imagine the historic coal-mining town that was once the world’s largest.

EAST LINK LIGHT RAIL STATION

EAST LINK LIGHT RAIL STATION

Easily explore thanks to an incredibly high walk score of 93 and the upcoming East Link Light Rail extension. This expansion is planned to open in 2023 and will connect Downtown Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond.

TRANSPORTATION TO, FROM AND AROUND BELLEVUE

Bellevue boasts a Silver-Level in walk-friendly communities, as rated by the national program Walk Friendly Communities. Their rating celebrated Bellevue’s pedestrian-centric policies for city planning and engineers who maintain safer crosswalks and intersections. When it’s too far to walk, shorten the trip to nearby city excitement with easily accessible transit.

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LEGEND

BIKE LANE
LINK LIGHT RAIL (Opening 2023)
5 MINUTES TO I-405
7 MINUTES TO WA-520
5 MINUTES TO I-90
HEADED TO THE AIRPORT?

Skip overpriced parking or expensive rideshare, ride Route 550 on the Sound Transit Express Bus for daily rides to SeaTac airport.

NEW TO TRANSIT?

Bellevue’s Choose Your Way program encourages exploring transit by offering newcomers an ORCA card pre-loaded with $25.

WATCHING THE GAME?

King County Metro supports college football with game-day shuttles from Eastgate Park-and-Ride just ten minutes away.

BELLEVUE LIGHT RAIL OPENING 2023

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DOG-FRIENDLY BELLEVUE

Don’t worry about leaving your four-legged wingman behind, Bellevue’s bursting with dog-friendly spots for fun and food alike. There are two large-scale off-leash areas within ten minutes away: Robinswood Park & Luther Burbank Park. On-leash hiking is permitted at most hiking trails.

After a walk, relax in the outdoor section of Paddy Coyne’s Irish Bar or 520 Bar & Grill for a dog-friendly dining experience under a mile from home.

CRAFT BREWING

A dozen craft breweries in and near Bellevue make up a passport of spots to sample through. By the time you hit them all, they’ll be new seasonal releases to try again.

Bellevue Brewing CompanyFormula BrewingFlying Lion BrewingNW Peaks BreweryPerihelion Brewery

OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

With 80 miles of trails to hike, plus kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in our lakes, there’s no shortage of ways to get outside.

Lake Sammamish State ParkMeydenbauer BayChesterfield Beach ParkMercer Slough Nature ParkBridle Trails State ParkCougar Mountain Regional Wildland

NIGHTLIFE

When the lights go down, you don’t have to go to bed. Keep the night going at bars and venues alike for drinks, games, and music.

Central BarCivility & UnrestStone KaraokeBlack Bottle PosternGoose PubBake’s Place

OUR HISTORY

Bellevue’s ancestry is long, rich, and inextricably tangled with Mercer Island, WA. First settled in 1863, Bellevue wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1953. Before 1900, fruit orchards, berry bushes, and vegetable patches made Bellevue the produce provider for our growing neighbor, Seattle. Strawberries continue to be our favorite fruit, celebrated in the long-running Strawberry Festival since 1925. The first resident who lived on the property that is now Surrey on Main lived in a wooden, two-room cabin on our site and worked at Pacific Fruit and Produce Co. for 17 years before later becoming the owner.

In 1940, the Mercer Island Floating Bridge triggered our boom. For several decades, housing and commerce grew with this new connection until Bellevue blossomed into a business hub. Our building, as we know it, was built during this growth spurt.

Our legacy of growth wasn’t left behind us, but ahead. Surrey on Main embodies the echoes of resting in a little cabin but in the midst of busy, modern Bellevue. Rest here, and then continue to make history.