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Old 09-01-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I will say that houses in Bellevue often go for well over list so that $1.8M might actually sell for over $2M....don't know if that's also the case in Palo Alto.
That's very commonplace for anything under $3 million in Palo Alto.

Trulia Median Sale Price, 4bd house
Palo Alto $3,550,000
Bellevue $1,170,000

Trulia Average Price Per Sq Ft
Palo Alto $1,519
Bellevue $467
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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If price was no issue then I'd choose Palo Alto and it's not particularly close But given living in Palo Alto is not achievable for most people who can afford to live in Bellevue, it's not a realistic comparison for both.

A more representative comparison would be living in Bellevue compared to living in a similarly priced neighborhood where you commute to Palo Alto.

There are always compromises when choosing a neighborhood. But if you can't afford to live there unless you make 400K a year, then that is less of a choice and more of a insurmountable barrier.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:49 PM
 
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Good correction on foreign born percentages...I misread the chart, and don't know how I thought my numbers were plausible.

Bellevue is definitely a "tech burb" and also has a poorer side, with both the tech and poorer areas being heavily Asian.
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:49 PM
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As already stated, Bellevue( which isnt cheap btw) gives you quite a bit more bang for your buck than Palo Alto.

13404 Ne 51st Pl, Bellevue, WA 98005 - realtor.com®

477 Dymond Ct, Palo Alto, CA 94306 - realtor.com®
That neighborhood in Bellevue is gorgeous! Switch out the evergreens for the type of pines native to our region, and it looks very similar to Atlanta.
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:47 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Here's an interesting comparison for the two areas:

Seattle=A combination of San Francisco and San Jose.
Tacoma=Oakland
Lynnwood=Cupertino
Everett=Sunnyvale
Bellevue=Palo Alto
Kirkland=Saratoga
Bothell=Los Gatos
Renton=Los Altos
Edmonds=Santa Clara
Woodinville=Redwood City
Redmond=San Mateo
Lake Stevens=Milpitas
Federal Way=Burlingame
Shoreline=Half Moon Bay or South San Francisco
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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Bellevue is San Jose
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Bellevue is San Jose
Bellevue=Walnut Creek
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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Walnut Creek is more of a Naperville than a Bellevue.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:11 PM
 
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Walnut Creek is more of a Naperville than a Bellevue.
Perhaps but Bellevue is much closer to Walnut Creek than SJ.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:15 PM
 
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Bellevue to me seems more like a Tempe. A somewhat sterile small city directly connected to a major one. While Walnut Creek and Naperville are more suburbs with a central area that is essentially an outdoor upscale shopping mall. What makes Bellevue a bit more of its own place is the high concentration of jobs right in its downtown- so it is less of a mall.
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