Long known as Seattle’s little sister city to the east, Bellevue has grown up, from a small town surrounded by farms and fields, to a bustling metropolitan center, lit up by life, technology and commerce. Home to several prominent tech companies, and adjacent to Microsoft’s hometown of Kirkland, Bellevue has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, rendered almost unrecognizable to even relatively recent transplants. The job market is hot, and the real estate market is one of the most competitive in the country. In addition to its employment opportunities, Bellevue is famous for having one of the best school districts in the country, making at a prized home for growing families. The median home value in Bellevue is about $850k.