Sammamish, Newcastle make top towns list

July 14, 2009

By Staff

Money magazine has named Sammamish and Newcastle as some of the best small towns in the United States. Editors ranked Sammamish No. 12 and Newcastle No. 17 in the Best Places to Live 2009 issue.The magazine praised Sammamish for its natural setting in a piece accompanying the ranking.

“Sammamish has many beautiful parks, and because it borders Lake Sammamish, there is no shortage of outdoor activities,” the magazine said.

“Residents praise the town for its excellent schools and youth activities, as well as its proximity to high-tech jobs in nearby Bellevue and Redmond,” the piece continued.

Newcastle was lauded for its proximity to major employers Boeing and Microsoft. The magazine also noted the favorable real estate market.

“Homebuyers can find properties at a great variety of prices, from $350,000 3-bedroom, 2-car-garage ramblers to brand-new $6 million estates,” the magazine said.

Money ranked Louisville, Colo., as the top small town in the nation. At No. 10, Mukilteo was the highest ranked Evergreen State municipality.

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3 Responses to “Sammamish, Newcastle make top towns list”

  1. Bob-o on July 15th, 2009 12:40 pm

    The comments on Sammamish are interesting, given there is no public access to Lake Sammamish other than driving down to the boat launch in Issaquah or the State Park. The parks may be beautiful… but I’ve never been to them as a resident, because I’d have to drive to get there.

    The stretched out nature of the town, without a functional transit system and geography that really kills any attempt to bike or walk from one and to the other because of the hundreds and hundreds of feet of elevation change that must be overcome… make it an odd entry.

    Statistically, on paper as it were, Sammamish looks great. Practically, its not near as good as that. Heck, we don’t even have our own post office. Its still a city divided between the Issaquah burbs and the Redmond burbs that it grew out of.

    Maybe in 10 years things will be different. Right now its a city that has a 4th of July fireworks and Farmers Market by city hall, but because of driving access and parking, I expect many people stay away. I know I’ve avoided them both.

    What Sammamish really needs is a modern, multi-story under ground parking garage in the downtown area where the ‘town center’ is going to be so the residents can drive ‘downtown’ and then walk from there. That or a light rail system that runs the length of the plateau down 228th.

  2. bigyaz on July 15th, 2009 4:06 pm

    So, Money is partial to places where only the well-to-do can live, that consist almost exclusively of housing developments and high-end golf courses, where everyone drives gas-guzzling SUV’s and/or high-priced German imports, and where the residents are almost exclusively white.

    Yes, this is America.

  3. Elucidate on July 15th, 2009 11:49 pm

    I read this and thought yay. Then I thought really? I’ve lived here for several years. It is nice, safe neighborhoods (although the Sammamish Review police blotter is interesting). But a critical flaw with Sammamish, eateries. DC Steak house closed. Next best, a couple of Thai places, and fast food, mexican that is way over priced, etc. Issaquah and Redmond are the closest destination points for quality dining.

    This article makes me wonder what criteria was used and the definitions of the criteria. “Is” can have different meanings.

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