Perched on the edge of the Cascade foothills above Lake Sammamish, Sammamish is a peaceful, forested retreat just minutes from Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle. Home to nine parks and three world-renowned golf courses, and anchored by three shopping centers – Pine Lake Village, the Sammamish Highlands, and The Village at Sammamish Town Center – Sammamish is a community dedicated to the best of Washington living.
Originally a rural retreat in the 1930s, in the 1980s Sammamish became a popular home for thousands of new employees flooding the area to work in the tech industry that was starting to boom in nearby Bellevue and Redmond. Despite the burgeoning development, however, Sammamish has maintained a small-town feel; in fact, Sammamish ranked first in Forbes’ 2012 list of Friendliest Towns in the United States. The King County Library features a stunning view of the Seattle skyline from its vast windows. A skateboard park, climbing wall and basketball court wait just across the parking lot as part of the Sammamish Commons, a 30-acre site owned by the city that also includes wetlands and hiking trails. Pine Lake Park, with towering trees, a soccer field, swimming beach and play areas, is a popular destination for Sammamish families and people who like to fish, kayak and canoe. In the summer, the park hosts concerts and outdoor theater.
One of the best expressions of Sammamish’s commitment to community values is the Sammamish Farmer’s Market, a 10-year, weekly tradition from May to September. Every Wednesday, Sammamish farmers and grocers come together in an expression of and commitment to local sustainability. Additionally, local musicians and artists join with non-profit organizations, all of whom receive exposure and attention from the supportive Sammamish community.