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Bridle Trails Bellevue: a Tranquil Neighborhood with an Equestrian Community

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Bridle Trails Bellevue

Bridle Trails Horse Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

“Inside Bellevue”, the Bellevue neighborhood spotlight series, is a unique collaboration between The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons and Downtown Bellevue Network. Drawing upon their over 30 years of experience living, working, and selling in Bellevue, the esteemed Brazen family provides an exclusive insider’s perspective on living in Bellevue and the real estate market.

We are delving into the Bellevue neighborhood of Bridle Trails. With a population of almost 11,000 residents and 5,000 housing units, it has been voted one of the best places to live in Washington. Known as an “urban escape” for Eastsiders, the neighborhood is located just 5 minutes from Downtown Bellevue and Kirkland, with easy access to both 520 and I-405.

Bridle Trails Real Estate by the Numbers

Bellevue Area of Bridal TrailsKirkland Area of Bridal TrailsAll of Bridal Trails
Average Price of Home Sold$2,476,667$2,274,359$2,391,075
Average $ / SQFT$659.70$793.80$716.40
Average Days on Market403437
# of Homes Sold in Last 12 Months302252
Highest Priced Home Sold in Last 12 Months$5,750,000$4,400,000$5,750,000
Lowest Priced Home Sold in Last 12 Months$1,400,000$950,000$1,400,000

*NWMLS Data from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023

Bridle Trails Neighborhood and Amenities

Bridle Trails, the tranquil neighborhood that boasts the distinction of being the last equestrian community in Bellevue, is a place where nature and community coexist.

At the heart of this hidden gem lies the sprawling Bridle Trails State Park, a 489-acre day-use park. Here, you’ll find 28 miles of meticulously maintained trails, perfect for leisurely horseback rides, brisk walks, jogs, or simply taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you. The picnic area features tables, barbecues, water, and convenient restroom facilities, making it an ideal spot for families and friends to gather.

Bridle Trails offers three marked trail loops, each with its unique charm and ranging from 1 to 3.5 miles in length. The neighborhood is hailed as one of the best equestrian riding areas west of the Mississippi – a testament to the neighborhood’s dedication to preserving its equestrian heritage.

The neighborhood is not just about horses and nature; it’s a thriving community with modern conveniences. Local grocery stores, shops, and restaurants add a touch of convenience to daily life. And for those who appreciate a round of golf, the Bellevue Golf Course is just a stone’s throw away.

Nearby, you’ll discover Cherry Crest Park and Cherry Crest Mini Park, perfect for playdates and picnics. The Compton Trails Open Space invites residents to explore more of the natural beauty in their backyard, while Goldsmith Neighborhood Park offers a charming place to unwind.

Residents also have easy access to the North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, providing a hub for social activities and wellness. The scenic Pikes Peak and Viewpoint Park offer vistas, making them favorite spots for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Bridle Trails also has highly rated public schools within the assigned area, ensuring an excellent education for the neighborhood’s future generations.

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Bellevue Golf Course Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Cherry Crest Elementry Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Bridle Trails State Park Sign Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

Development and Transformation of the Bridle Trails Community

The real estate landscape is as diverse as the community it hosts. From charming single-family homes to sprawling mansions with acres of pastures, Bridle Trails offers something for every homeowner.

What truly sets Bridle Trails apart is its equestrian heritage. Many properties here feature barns and pastures, making it a haven for horse lovers. The generous 0.75+ acre lots provide ample space for equestrian enthusiasts.

Two-thirds of the neighborhood is shrouded in second-growth timber, creating an atmosphere of serenity and seclusion. As you explore the area, you’ll be struck by its quiet, semi-rural appearance.

In the midst of this natural beauty, Bridle Trails accommodates diverse living arrangements. Along 148th Avenue Northeast, you’ll find a strip of apartments and condominiums directly across Microsoft’s Main Campus. To the north lies the South Rose Hill neighborhood, while to the south, Bellevue City unfolds.

Bridle Trails is a tapestry of smaller communities. From Bellemead to North Creek, each enclave offers its unique charm and character.

Approximately 54% of residents here, aged 5 and older, speak a language other than English at home. Chinese-Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, and Hindi are among the languages that weave the vibrant cultural fabric of this community.

Established in the early 1930s, the state park is a testament to the neighborhood’s deep-rooted equestrian tradition. As one of the oldest state parks in Washington, it’s a place where riders and nature enthusiasts come together to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them.

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

Notable Community Events

Equestrian enthusiasts are treated to a year-round calendar brimming with excitement. Whether you’re an avid horse rider or simply a spectator, the park offers an array of horse shows and organized rides that promise unforgettable experiences.

Bridle Trails Bellevue

Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

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