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Rich History & Natural Beauty

Nestled beneath the Cascade Mountains, Issaquah is home to 40,000 residents and has undergone significant changes in recent years. As a child, I remember exploring the fields and hills, but now many of those spaces have been transformed into high-end shopping, homes, and community areas. However, despite the growth, Issaquah has managed to preserve its small-town feel and heritage. It’s remarkable how the town has managed to maintain its charming character while still providing all the amenities needed for a bustling Seattle suburb.

As a self-proclaimed history enthusiast, I can’t help but be fascinated by the story of Issaquah and the Pacific Northwest. The city was officially incorporated on April 29, 1892, and was originally developed to serve the mining industry on the nearby Cougar and Squak mountains. However, as the mining deposits began to dry up in the late 1890s, other industries recognized Issaquah’s potential to support a thriving lumber business. After the Great Depression, Boeing became the primary employer in the region. To this day, both Boeing and Microsoft have had a significant impact on Issaquah’s history, cultural development, and diverse population through their active community participation and attraction of outside residents. In June of 1996, Costco moved its global headquarters to the area, cementing Issaquah’s status as a hub of activity and innovation.

Squak Mountain

Squak Mountain, a neighborhood rich in natural beauty, offers residents a serene retreat amidst the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests. Its history, dating back to Native American habitation, is deeply rooted in the region’s past, transitioning into a bustling coal mining area during the late 1800s.

  • Real Estate: The real estate landscape here features charming single-family homes, often nestled within wooded settings, providing a tranquil escape from city life.
  • Attractions: Squak Mountain State Park beckons with its network of hiking trails, taking you through dense forests and past historical remnants of the area’s coal mining heritage.


Talus, a contemporary neighborhood, seamlessly blends modern living with the breathtaking backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. Developed in the early 2000s with sustainability in mind, this area offers a glimpse into the future of urban planning.

  • Real Estate: Here, you’ll find sleek townhomes, stylish single-family houses, and luxurious properties, many of which offer panoramic views of the stunning Cascades.
  • Attractions: Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, home to numerous hiking trails and opportunities for wildlife observation.


Montreux is synonymous with luxury living set against a backdrop of scenic beauty. Although a newer development, it has quickly become a symbol of opulence and refinement in Issaquah.

  • Real Estate: The real estate in Montreux is defined by custom-built homes on spacious lots, many of which offer sweeping views of Lake Sammamish and the surrounding natural beauty.
  • Attractions: Lake Sammamish State Park, just a stone’s throw away, provides abundant opportunities for water-based activities and leisurely picnics, enriching the leisure options for residents.

Issaquah Highlands

Issaquah Highlands is a testament to the concept of an urban village. Developed in the late 1990s, it was designed to promote walkability, community engagement, and sustainability, creating a dynamic and inviting living environment.

  • Real Estate: The neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of housing options, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes, catering to a wide range of preferences.
  • Attractions: The central village hub thrives with boutique shops, diverse restaurants, and a vibrant community center that hosts events, fostering a strong sense of community among residents.

Providence Point

Providence Point is a welcoming active adult community established in the 1980s, designed to provide residents with an enriching and engaging lifestyle.

  • Real Estate: The neighborhood offers a diverse selection of housing options, including condominiums, townhomes, and single-family residences, tailored to the preferences of active adults.
  • Attractions: Within the community, residents have access to their own clubhouse, fitness facilities, and a calendar of social activities that foster a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.

South Lake Sammamish

South Lake Sammamish is synonymous with lakeside living, offering a unique blend of tranquility and recreational opportunities right on the shores of Lake Sammamish.

  • Real Estate: The real estate landscape here is diverse, encompassing waterfront properties, townhouses, and single-family homes, each providing residents with access to the lake’s beauty.
  • Attractions: Lake Sammamish is the crown jewel of this neighborhood, offering residents the chance to partake in boating, swimming, and lakeside relaxation.

Downtown Issaquah

Downtown Issaquah is a charming neighborhood steeped in history, dating back to the late 1800s when it was a bustling coal mining town. Today, it has transformed into a thriving downtown hub.

  • Real Estate: The neighborhood boasts a unique mix of historic and modern homes, condos, and apartments, each contributing to the vibrant tapestry of the community.
  • Attractions: The area features a bustling downtown with a myriad of unique shops, diverse restaurants, and cultural attractions such as the renowned Village Theatre.

May Valley

May Valley provides a glimpse into a more rural way of life, where tranquility and space abound. It has a history deeply rooted in agriculture and farming, creating a charming rural atmosphere.

  • Real Estate: The neighborhood is known for its spacious properties, often with acreage, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a quieter and more expansive lifestyle.
  • Attractions: Residents in May Valley enjoy a serene environment and have easy access to the recreational opportunities offered by Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

shop, dine, and play

Issaquah is a paradise for foodies and shoppers alike. With a variety of dining options ranging from full-service restaurants to food trucks and coffee stands, the region’s most popular eateries are located in Issaquah. The historic downtown district and Gilman Village are home to retail shops with an artsy flair that’s sure to please. You’ll find everything you need and more at our vast selection of shopping centers.

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Maureen Briere

Hey there! I’m Maureen, a community blogger and Real Estate Broker at American Classic Homes Real Estate in the Pacific Northwest. Here to help you find your perfect home and share tips on living your best life in the PNW. Let’s come home together to the Pacific Northwest!

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