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The City of Bothell has been going through a lot of growing pains over the last couple of decades. Most recently, the downtown area has more than doubled with a massive public and private development project called Bothell Landing. This is to meet the demand for new retail, office, and homes in the downtown district. This is transforming Bothell and making it an attractive option for companies and employers looking for urban area to become established or expand. The University of Washington established a Bothell Campus in 1990. It is the fastest growing 4-year campus in the state. Money Magazine rated it one of the top Colleges That Add the Most Value nationwide.
Commercial development has also been significant in the Canyon Park area, north from downtown Bothell where the Everett-Bothell Highway and i-405 Freeway meet. Several large shopping center areas have been growing steadily, benefiting from the influx of high-tech companies and employees that have migrated to this area recently.
Homes in Bothell vary widely in size, age, and style but all are much less expensive than homes in Seattle. The newer developments tend to offer very large, grand homes but it is still difficult to find a home at the $1 million mark in Bothell. If you have your heart set on a brand-new home for a reasonable price, this area is for you. Older homes and condos are also in some Bothell neighborhoods with other affordable property choices.
One unifying feature for the city is its excellent schools. The Northshore School District serves Bothell and the surrounding area with innovative and highly regarded teachers and programs.
The Sammamish River Trail also helps connect Bothell with its neighbors. It runs through Bothell’s three major riverfront parks (Bothell’s Landing, Blythe Park, and Sammamish River Park) as well as a number of pocket parks and scenic rest areas. The trail continues southeast through Woodinville to the Chateau Ste Michelle winery and on to Redmond’s expansive Marymoor park and trail system. To the southwest the trail connects to the Burke Gilman Trail which winds through Lake Forest Park and then Seattle.
The Country Village serves as retail and community center between downtown Bothell and Canyon Park. In addition to stores it has a playground, event spaces, and a seasonal Farmer’s Market. Actually, the Village is really much more than you can imagine! With its free-range chickens and bunnies, train rides, fish ponds and streams, Santa flying overhead on his sleigh every December, multiple stages, and picnic grounds, the dozens of independent shops, antique stores, and restaurants feel almost like an afterthought. Nevertheless, it is difficult to leave without purchasing a few splendid treasures.
Explore Bothell – there is something here for everyone!