Libation lovers and gardening buffs will delight in one of the Eastside's most bucolic settings, the charming town of Woodinville. This turn-of-the-century community is home to Chateau St. Michelle, one of Washington state's most famous wineries, as well as Columbia Winery and Silverlake Sparkling Cellars. For those who enjoy the Northwest's fine microbrews, the popular Redhook Brewery and Aviator Ale are both headquartered here. Then there are the gardening aficionados from around the world who come to Molbak's, Woodinville's renowned nursery. These are just a few of the attractions that are making Woodinville an attractive destination for home buyers.

Woodinville is located north of Redmond surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Once considered "the sticks," Woodinville is fast becoming a popular community for those working along the Eastside's high tech corridor who want to come home to a country lifestyle. Buyers can find a home in a variety of price ranges and styles, even some farmhouses with acreage available.

Like its Eastside neighbors, Woodinville offers a variety of outdoor and recreational activities. Skaters, cyclists, walkers and joggers enjoy the Sammamish River Trail. Colorful hot air balloons can be seen floating gently over the chateau-style wineries, equestrian stables and the acclaimed Washington Dinner Train. Woodinville also hosts a number of community events, including wine festivals, "Celebrate Woodinville" -- featuring the All Fools' Day Parade, and the "Basset Bash" for hounds and owners.

Founded: 1993
Square miles: 5.65
Parks: 2 (with a third in development)
Average commute time: To Seattle: 25 minutes; To Bellevue: 15 minutes

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