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Old 02-18-2008, 11:43 AM
 
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We are a couple with no children in our mid thirties. My partner has a job in Bellevue. To sum up our perfect locale, it would be somewhere where we could walk from our apartment to a New York style bistro on a Sunday at midday to drink Bloody Mary's and eat Eggs Benedict. We like areas that are very similar to Manhattan in all respects. We love to walk the dog in the park, jog, shop, eat and drink. Can someone recommend an specific area in Bellevue?

We have driven around Queen Anne, Fremont, Belltown, Ballard and Madison Park and we liked them but we would like to know more about Bellevue.

Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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Hi Elopers. Bellevue similar to Manhattan? *ugh* ...I'm not getting the vibe.

To me, Bellevue would be the typical upper-middle class suburbia. It's relatively newer and is quite spread out. The closest you'd come to the atmosphere you seem to be seeking would be downtown Bellevue. Old Bellevue (Main Street) might have a few places you may find a bistro but you definitely can't compare it with Manhattan. Old Bellevue and the Meydenbauer neighborhood might fit your other requirements, however. Within walking distance, you'd have Old Belleuve for small shops and eateries and Bellevue Square Mall for other amenities. There is a nice park between Main Street and the mall with other parks nearby.

Otherwise, the other parts of Bellevue, you'd probably need a car or use public transportation. If the Manhattan atmosphere is important to you, I would think it's probably better to look in places close to the downtown core of Seattle as you've already mentioned.
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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Yeah, Bellevue is more like Connecticut than Manhattan. I agree with everything you wrote about downtown Bellevue. I wonder if the Kirkland waterfront would be a possibility for the OP?

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Hi Elopers. Bellevue similar to Manhattan? *ugh* ...I'm not getting the vibe.
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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I don't think you will find what you are looking for on the eastside. Seattle has an abundance of neighborhoods to choose from that would more closely match your requirements!
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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I wouldn't compare NYC to Seattle in any way - but I think you would find something more like what you are looking for in Seattle, vs. Bellevue or anywhere on the eastside.
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Old 02-18-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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I lived in Manhattan and small-town Connecticut for 30 years. I've lived in Seattle, then Bellevue, for 24 years.
The only place you will find what you describe -- "very similar to Manhattan in all respects" -- is -- Manhattan.
Downtown Seattle, and some of the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods, have many of the aspects you describe, but I personally think ALL of western Washington is like Connecticut! Manhattan exists only in Manhattan. Seattle is uniquely itself. Bellevue is vastly different from both.

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Old 02-18-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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I couldn't agree more, Manhattan is like no other place on earth, but we would like something similar (if that is possible) or at least has an atmosphere similar too. So we will do some investigating around Bellevue when we fly in this week. We may end up though drifting towards Queen Anne, Fremont, Madison Park area...we will see. I think I had it in my brain that Bellevue was an up and coming Yuppie paradise, anyway, thanks for the advice.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Seattle is totally different than Manhattan. You can't go there expecting similar... Seattle has it's own identity, completely. If you go looking for parallels to NYC, you will be disappointed. Chicago, on the other hand, may be more "similar" to Manhattan...

Bellevue is a *suburban* yuppie paradise.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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If by "yuppie paradise" you mean SUVs, Golden Retrievers, soccer practice, high school bands, working fireplaces used during power outages, lots of bicycles, and S.A.T.s as benchmarks in life -- sure, that's Bellevue.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I think you should take a look at the Green Lake area. Green Lake is very close to downtown Seattle--and yet, it almost feels rural. There's a beautiful lake to walk your dog around and lots of outdoor activities, plus you're only about 5 miles from the core of downtown Seattle. And yes, Green Lake does have its own places to eat that you could walk to from your home.
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