Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: North Bend

North Bend, located in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley at the base of Mt. Si, remains largely rural today with swaths of agricultural land and breathtaking scenery. North Bend real estate includes something for everyone, with large estates, modest ramblers, farmland, and cabins. Just a 30-minute drive from the employment centers of Bellevue and Redmond, North Bend attracts residents who want proximity to the city with a quiet, small-town atmosphere.

History

Non-Native American settlers arrived in the area in the mid-19th Century, and early industry here centered around logging and farming. The establishment of the railroad in the 1890’s was critical in the area’s growth, and North Bend came to serve as a transportation and tourist hub. Interstate 90 was completed in the 1970’s and further contributed to the town’s growth.

Points of Interest

North Bend gained popular fame in the early 1990’s as it was the setting for the cult TV series “Twin Peaks.” Twede’s Cafe, used as a setting for the show’s Double R Diner, is still a tourist draw today. Mt. Si is one of the area’s most popular hiking trails, and nearby Snoqualmie Falls draws more than a million visitors per year, many of whom stop in North Bend for dining and shopping. The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum outlines the legacy of the area’s rich agricultural past and present.