In many ways, Crossroads is the heart of East Bellevue. It’s the focal point for entertainment, shopping and community services for area residents. Bustling, densely populated and richly diverse, Crossroads is characterized by an abundance of large apartment complexes and retail establishments.
Percentage of City: 11 percent
Under 18: 2,635 (20 percent)
Housing units: 5,930
Crossroads Bellevue, the shopping center at Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, is a hub of activity, featuring regular stage entertainment and special events, a popular ethnic food court and an activity area where local residents gather to play chess and other games.
The city operates three major facilities to address the needs and interests of East Bellevue residents: Mini City Hall, offering city and community services in nine languages; the Crossroads Community Center, offering, a variety of recreational, educational and social service programs; and the Police Crossroads substation, providing public safety services to the area.
Crossroads offers a variety of housing, but in general is one of Bellevue’s more affordable areas. Many of the community’s nonprofit human service providers are located nearby. Crossroads Park, adjacent to both the community center and the shopping center, features a nine-hole golf course, a water park for children, and a popular multipurpose park for everyday users and special events.
Once known as Highland, the Crossroads area was logged by its earliest settlers until timber gave way to farming in the 1920s. Bellevue’s growth in the 1960s – and annexation of Crossroads in 1964 – changed the character of the area from agricultural to residential.
Crossroads Shopping Center opened in 1964 with a major department store, shops, eating places, parking, a movie theater and a skating rink.
Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center
Crossroads Community Center
Bellevue Youth Theatre
Highland Middle School
Stevenson Elementary School
Large apartment and condominium complexes are home to many Crossroads families. Multifamily housing surrounds the shopping center and stretches out along the major streets. The area’s prominent single-family neighborhoods include:
- Chevy Chase – a close-knit community of 140 homes surrounding a private park, just east of 148th Avenue;
- Rock Creek – a predominantly single-family community just west of 148th Avenue and south of Bel-Red Road;
- Also: Claridge, Fox Glen.