Issaquah, Washington...a great place to live, visit, conduct business and explore the best of the great northwest. A community dedicated to local traditions, hometown values, and award-winning neighborhoods. With one of Washington State's top school districts, a series of thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene...Issaquah has it all
Notable neighborhoods include Issaquah Highlands, an award winning community with a number of advantages:
- All new homes meet Built Green™ standards and are certified ENERGY STAR® or equivalent.
- Tree-lined streets and trails connect community parks with 1,400 acres of permanently preserved open space.
Talus is another award winning community. Amenities include:
- Four hundred contiguous acres of protected open space that form one of the final links in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
- Timber Ridge at Talus, a state-of- the-art life care services community with spectacular views and first class service.
- A planned business center with 500,000 square feet of commercial office space, and 50,000 square feet of retail and common facilities.
Business is BriskIssaquah has established itself unequivocally as a prime business location in the Northwest, attracting a mix of high tech firms, retail giants and small businesses.
- Issaquah is strategically located just 17 miles east of Seattle along the Interstate 90 business corridor.
- Approximately 40 percent of the State of Washington’s six million people are located within a 40-mile radius of Issaquah, providing an expansive market for commerce.
- Issaquah is located in close proximity to the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, with access to the Pacific Rim.
Issaquah has attracted high-tech industry leaders such as Microsoft Corporation and Siemens Medical Systems, one of the largest suppliers of health care equipment in the world. It also boasts a number of transportation improvements including the Sunset Interchange and Sammamish Plateau Access Road. New park-and-ride facilities provide convenient transit options.
At the western gateway to Issaquah, Hyla Crossing provides class-A office space, and hotel and high-tech facilities. Interwoven with a salmon stream and native plants, Hyla Crossing celebrates both industry and nature.
Pickering Place blends the charm of an historic dairy farm into professional office space, hotel, retail shops, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema. At the heart of the center, a waterfowl refuge borders the offices of Costco’s international headquarters.
Tree-lined Gilman Boulevard is a bustling center for offices, medical facilities, antique shopping, sporting goods, clothing and dining. Gilman Village, a picturesque collection of historic buildings, provides unique boutique shopping and dining.
Boehms Candies, known worldwide for its award-winning hand-dipped confections, has attracted thousands of visitors annually since 1956.
Issaquah has a strong and growing health care sector, with major health care providers Swedish Medical Center and Overlake Medical Center having major operations in Issaquah.Swedish Medical Center Issaquah operates a 24-hour free-standing emergency room near Lake Sammamish State Park, and has plans for a major hospital/medical campus scheduled for completion in 2012. Overlake has opened an Urgent Care Clinic in the north end of town, and in the summer of 2009, relocated operations to a new Issaquah location as part of a major expansion and growth effort. The new, expanded Medical Center Issaquah will feature urgent care, primary care and community education in one central facility.
Issaquah has also been named one of the top communities in the nation to retire and boasts a number of state-of-the-art active living communities across the community.
Quality Education is a Core Value
Local citizens and businesses know that education is a core value that makes our community succeed, and we compromise nothing to keep our schools among the best in Washington. Working together, local businesses, parents, educators, civic leaders, and the Issaquah Schools Foundation continues to ensure that our students receive the best educational opportunities available. Over the last ten years, the Issaquah School District has earned voter support for more than $150 million in new construction. Strong support for schools has solidified Issaquah as a district with modern, efficient and cost-effective schools, high student performance, and exemplary staff.
Issaquah has a strong relationship with Bellevue College, the state’s largest community college. Residents also have easy access to Renton Technical College and several other branch campuses. Private schools located in Issaquah include:
- Cougar Mountain Academy
- Sunnybrook Montessori
- St. Joseph’s Catholic School
A Diverse and Colorful History
The only thing certain about the origin of the name Issaquah is that it’s a Native American term. The name appears to be an Anglicized version of the Native American word isquoh, meaning the sound of the birds.
In 1862, L.B. Andrews located outcroppings of coal along Issaquah Creek, and the area soon became a center for mining, farming and lumber-jacking.
Issaquah’s heritage is prominently visible among longtime residents, annual celebrations and historic landmarks that make this community a unique place. Whether relocating a business or a family, or just searching for a weekend adventure, Issaquah is the authentic face of the Great Northwest.
Keeping the Salmon Coming Home
Each fall, the Washington State Salmon Hatchery in the center of downtown overflows with visitors awed by the return of the salmon to Issaquah Creek. It is the most-visited hatchery in the state, and offers up close observation of the miraculous life cycle of the salmon.
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H) work directly with local, state, Native American and environmental groups to preserve the hatchery and enhance public awareness about habitat protection.
Exploring the Puget Sound Region?
Issaquah is your "base camp" for northwest exploration. Whether you are spending the day traveling up the Mountains to Sound Greenway to hit the slopes at Snoqualamie Pass (only 37 miles away), or you are taking-in the unique urban northwest experience of Seattle, Issaquah puts you in the center of it all.
With lodging facilities for the both the discerning traveler or the cost-conscious guest, and the warmth of home-cooked meals, five-star cuisine, or casual family dining…you will unwind from your travels with room to relax, enjoy and explore all that the community has to offer.
Bring your family to the internationally-recognized Salmon Days Festival during the first week of October! Enjoy amazing food, crafts, music and entertainment for kids and adults as we celebrate the annual return of the Salmon.
Take a family hike up one of the dozens of family-friendly hikes through the "Issaquah Alps" or enjoy the waterfront beauty of Sammamish State Park.
Visit Washington State's only urban fish hatchery to learn more about the lifecycle and heritage of the Salmon... a pacific northwest icon. Stroll through a line-up of vintage cars at the Fenders on Front Street in June. Visit the Cougar Mountain Zoo where children can view everything from tigers to cranes to reindeer.
Enjoy historic downtown Issaquah for Art Walks and Music on the Streets each summer. Visit historical icons such as the Issaquah History Museum, the restored Hailstone Feed Store, the Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall.
Enjoy the many youth education programs organized by the Village Theatre, where over 53,000 children participate in performing arts education and training each year.
Step out of your hotel room, take in a breath of the crisp northwest air and hike up the Issaquah Alps for amazing scenery. Sip a hand-crafted brew at the Rouge Issaquah Brewhouse in historic downtown Issaquah and enjoy live music at one of a number of venues. Take a quick ride to nearby Snoqualmie Casino for exciting table and video gaming action and live music. Take in a performance at the Village Theatre a top-rated performing arts venue serving the entire region. Strap on the snowshoes or skis and hit the slopes. Bring your clubs and take advantage of one of a number of nearby golf courses, including Sahalee Country Club... home of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open.
Who knew that one of the world’s top Jazz Clubs is a mere five minutes from downtown Issaquah?! Each weekend, Bakes Place Jazz Supper Club brings some of the word's top jazz and blues acts to the Issaquah/Sammamish region.
Stroll through historic downtown Issaquah to visit 5-star restaurants, sip outstanding wine from Washington and the world, and enjoy live music and performances. Enjoy top-rated theatre arts in an historic and unique setting in downtown Issaquah as you settle-in for one of the Village Theatre's amazing performances. Visit Fins Bistro, Pogacha Restaurant, Lombardi's Italian Restaurant, Nicholino Ristorante, Jak's Grill, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria or one of dozens of other unique dining experiences Issaquah has to offer.
Melt away your worries with a relaxing massage from one of number of signature massage therapy venues across Issaquah. Experience renewal and rejuvenation from Fern Life Center's unique services. Enjoy yoga or pilates as you gaze up at the Issaquah Alps and take-in the calming sounds from Issaquah Creek. Tour the historic and award winning Boehm's Chocolate factory and pick up some hand-made confections for yourself or a gift.
Stroll down tree-lined Gilman Boulevard and take-in an afternoon of shopping at historic Gilman Village. This board-walk style shopping district harkens back to a turn of the Century village... boasting eclectic shopping, fine dining, and new experiences around every corner. Find everything from an antique clock maker to an Italian coffee shop. Discover a far-east importer of unique household goods and decorations, a novelty toy store and a high-end pilates studio... Gilman Village has everything for the shopper looking for unique gifts and services.
Treat yourself with specialty foods including hand-cut steaks, chops, homemade sausage and jerkey from Fischer Meats or bring home the best in fresh fish fillets, tuna steaks, Alaskan crab legs, oysters and other seafood specialties from Gemini Fish Market. Try the Cioppino... a northwest favorite!
Learn about Issaquah's past and experience the northwest of yesterday at the Issaquah Historical Museum. Visit UpFront, a unique art gallery organized by a collection of local artists who form an innovative artist organization-ArtEast. Take in some of the best in performing arts at the Village Theatre. Visit ArtbyFire... an Issaquah-based glassblowing studio and school. View hundreds of pieces of art from local craftsmen and artists during ArtWalks, held on the first Friday of every month from April until September. Or simply stroll around town to visit the many pieces of sculptured and pictured art available for all to enjoy.
Try you luck fly-fishing among the high-mountain lakes or rivers of the Cascade range. Learn to paraglide off Poo Poo point, just minutes from downtown Issaquah. Grab a mountain bike or your hiking boots and hit the many trails of the Issaquah Alps. Take in a view of the Snoqualmie Falls. East some fresh fish, freshly brewed micro brews, or fresh northwest coffee... all signature pieces of the Northwest heritage and culture.
Top rated schools, friendly neighbors, acres of parks and recreational areas to explore, all within close proximity to a major hub of commerce, industry, arts and culture. Issaquah is fast-becoming THE destination for new residents and new families in the Puget Sound region. A diverse and thriving residential location, ideal for families... where you can still walk to the grocery store, the coffee shop or to a park, but still be able to hop in the car and take your family to a Mariner's game, to the ski slopes or on a ferry boat ride within minutes. A residential community with its own unique and well-preserved history and culture, along with the vibrancy of young professionals, retirees, growing families... your move to Issaquah may just be one of the last moves you make.