Issaquah is located 15 miles east-southeast of Seattle at the south end of Lake Sammamish. Neighboring cities include Bellevue, and Redmond, both 8 miles away. Issaquah resides within the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
Some local attractions include the Issaquah Valley Trolley, Village Theatre, Salmon Days Festival, Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Gilman Village, and Flight.
Issaquah got its name from the Native American term for the region—the Squak Valley. No one really knows whether the name referred to the stream that flowed there, the noise the native northern crane made, or the native word for snake. Either way the name stuck and people got on with their lives, growing hops and other crops until coal was discovered in the area. Mining and logging endeavors brought many workers and much profit to the city, which grew rapidly. When the coal industry started slowing down, Issaquah saw a time of dwindling population and prosperity, but with the advent of the car and a brand new freeway (I-90) connecting the town to Seattle, population exploded for once and for all.
The community of Issaquah embraces its past and has maintained its small ‘downtown’ area to be as historic as possible. Meanwhile, the homes are much newer; the great majority of them were constructed after the 1980s. Because the houses tend to be larger and are in tucked-away neighborhoods, Issaquah is attractive to people who want room to spread out in a quieter atmosphere.
Real Estate in Issaquah
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