Redmond, one of the Eastside's oldest communities, could be considered a town of stark contrasts. On the one hand, it is home to such nationally-known corporations as Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Eddie Bauer, Physio-Control and Allied Signal Aerospace. On the other hand, residents enjoy homes surrounded by pine trees, streams, farmland and incredible mountain and lake views. No wonder Redmond is one of Washington's fastest growing cities.

Located on the north shore of Lake Sammamish at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Redmond is a charming community that has embraced the future while maintaining its rural past. Its easy access to both water and mountain activities makes it an ideal spot for recreational enthusiasts. It even bills itself as the "Bicycle Capital of the Northwest," hosting major racing events and one of the nation's few velodromes. It's also home to a burgeoning arts community.

Housing opportunities are as varied as its recreational and employment options. Prospective homebuyers can choose properties featuring acreage, old farmhouses, lakefront property, condominiums, new upscale housing developments, or more traditional family-style neighborhoods. From high-tech headquarters to its natural Northwest setting, Redmond truly has found the best of both worlds.

Founded: 1912
Square miles: 16.1
Parks: 33
Average commute time: To Seattle: 20 minutes; To Bellevue: 10 minutes

Sources: 1990 Census figures, 1997 King County Annual Growth Report, Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1998 Greater Seattle InfoGuide.