The West Lake Sammamish area includes the areas along West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue between Issaquah and Redmond. The road itself started as a state highway in 1923, becoming Highway 2D in '36, then Highway 901 in '64. The road officially lost it's state highway designation in 1992, simply becoming West Lake Sammamish Parkway (W Lk Samm Pkwy). To simplify it, locals just say "The Lake Road". Whatever one calls it, it has great access to I-90 at the south end, easy access to Microsoft and 520 at the northern end, and easy hops to Overlake and Crossroads via Northup Way.
This area consists of large luxurious lakeside homes to small cabins left from the days when Lake Sammamish was a summer cabin retreat for Seattleites. Neighborhoods in the area now include 41 Point 5, Vasa Park, Sambica, Sammamish Heights, Weona Beach, Rosemont, and Lakeridge Estates. Northup Way gives access into Lochmoor and Tam o'Shanter mid-lake.
Lake Sammamish has numerous recreational opportunies. At the south end of the lake is Lake Sammamish State Park, a popular day use park with boat launches. Vasa Park is a reasonably priced ($4.50 for adults!) private lakeside park resort with boat launches, picnic space, camping, playground, swimming area with lifegaurds, slides, and diving boards. They also have a large parking area and ballroom/hall rental space available.
The City of Bellevue has several parks and nature trails in the area. Sunrise Neighborhood Park is a small park near Sambica with a children's play area, picnic area, and trails; Weona Park is 80 acres of preserved nature space and trails that also connects to the Lake Hills Greenbelt via a walking trail. The Parkway itself is undergoing transformation by the city – adding sidewalks, biking lanes, and green spaces. One section is complete, with four more to go.
One very special place in the area is The Little Store. The store that everyone in the area loves, they magically seem to have everything one could need, and is a favorite for kids in the summer to go and get ice cream or treats!
Buying or selling homes in the area requires a real estate agent with in-depth knowledge of the area. Ted has lived in the areas around West Lake Sammamish since 1987, with many friends and relatives that lived on the lake, including his in-laws! Ted spent most of his summers on Lake Sammamish from 1979 through 2013, and loves the incredible memories that a special place like Lake Sammamish creates.