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Moving to Redmond, WA

Living in Redmond, WA

Redmond is a city in the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area. Located 20 miles northeast of Seattle, this former logging community has become a national tech hub in recent years, though it’s lost none of its small-town charm. Microsoft is the biggest employer in Redmond, but Amazon, AT&T, Nintendo, and SpaceX have significant operations here as well. For residents and visitors, the city offers plenty of breweries, coffee shops, boutiques, and entertainment venues, all without the congestion of Seattle proper. Bikers will fit right in — Redmond features the largest number of bicyclists in the entire Pacific Northwest. It’s also a nature lover’s haven, with Lake Sammamish at its southern border, more than 1,000 acres of green spread out across 23 parks, and the famous “520 Bridge” (the longest floating bridge in the world). 

What Are the Best Neighborhoods in Redmond? 

Redmond has 10 recognized neighborhoods spread out across 17 square miles, with unincorporated King County to the north and east. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in (and around) the city:

  • Bear Creek. A salmon stream runs through this quiet neighborhood just east of the downtown area, where residents enjoy a more affordable housing market and some of Redmond’s best scenic trails.
  • Sammamish Valley. Full of parks and farmland, this idyllic suburban community in northwest Redmond has been ranked among the Best Places to Raise a Family and the Best Places to Live in the U.S.
  • Overlake. Located on the western side of Redmond, this upscale area draws thousands of employees to Microsoft and Nintendo from Monday to Friday and locals to Lake Sammamish and Marymoor Park on weekends.
  • Downtown Redmond. In addition to boutiques, restaurants, and cafés, the heart of Redmond is Downtown Park, a vibrant community space with a pavilion, water wall, dining grove, and plaza that hosts the city’s biggest events.
  • Union Hill-Novelty Hill. This unincorporated part of King County lies directly east of Redmond and features open spaces, lush foliage, and residential homes with expansive views and easy access to hiking and horseback riding trails.

Regardless of which neighborhood you decide to move to, SmartStop Self Storage offers storage units in Redmond within 8 miles of Sammamish Valley, Overlake, Bear Creek, downtown, and Union Hill-Novelty Hill to suit all your storage needs, including indoor and outdoor units, uncovered boat/RV/vehicle parking, and climate-controlled storage units to protect your belongings during the winter months.

What Are Iconic Things to Do in Redmond? 

There’s something for everyone to explore in Redmond, whether you’re a visitor or resident. Here are four things to do any time of the year:

  • Redmond Town Center. With more than 100 retail stores, restaurants, hotels, fitness centers, and entertainment venues, the Redmond Town Center is a one-stop shopping spot with indoor and outdoor experiences.
  • Marymoor Park. King County’s largest and oldest park attracts more than 3 million locals and tourists a year to its 640-acre expanse — perfect for dates, family outings, and walks with your pup.
  • Sammamish River Trail. This 10.1-mile paved trail runs from Bothell to Marymoor Park, offering riverside views of kayakers, wineries, and waterfowl for runners, bikers, skaters, and horseback riders.
  • Microsoft Visitor Center. Learn about Microsoft’s past — and experience its future — at the public Visitor Center, where self-guided galleries meet hands-on demos, software trainings, and exclusive Microsoft merchandise.

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