If you are up for the mild summers and cold, wet winters of the United States' northwest region, Redmond, Washington, should be on your shortlist of places to visit for a new home. This city of nearly 60,000 people over an expanse of under 17 square miles is known as the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest because of its velodrome and annual race. Purchasing one of these old-American style homes around the median price of $500,000 will get you several bedrooms and bathrooms as well as some sizeable yard space.
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Though this price seems a bit steep, take note that you would be moving into an economically prosperous city that is home to tech giants Nintendo and Microsoft. You will have little trouble finding steady work in Redmond, as unemployment is nearly half the national average while projected job growth is stout and income per capita is $20,000 above the national figure. The fifteen local public schools will serve any children you have quite well. If they should decide to pursue higher education down the road, campuses like the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Bellevue College are nearby.
It's not all work and no play in Redmond, however, as there are many enjoyable diversions in the local area. You have myriad chances to get in touch with nature, whether you want to take your loved ones to relax at Marymoor Park, Idylwood Beach Park or the Woodinville Lavender Farm or you wish to get some exercise on the Sammamish River Trail. If you're looking to socialize, the Black Raven Brewing Company and the Postdoc Brewing Company are popular watering holes. On the other hand, speed junkies can take a trip to the local indoor karting track for some fast fun. Regardless of your tastes, the comfortable home living and diverse work and entertainment options of Redmond, Washington, are worth checking out.