The Eastside is the collective term for the King County suburbs lying east of Seattle. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most of the cities on the Eastside were fledgling logging or mining towns. They evolved into dairy and berry farming communities in the years prior to World War II. The post-war boom provided substantial growth for these cities, as they became commuter towns for Seattle.
Today, the Eastside has the best of both worlds: from shopping to nature trails. There is a hip and emerging downtown scene (Bellevue); countless miles of hiking, biking and adventure activities, not to mention a wine country region (Woodinville) that rivals Napa Valley.
A major business and technology hub – the Eastside is also home to many large high-tech, biotech and medical corporations, as well as video game and interactive media companies. Many local magnates, including Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer and John Stanton live in the more exclusive communities of the Eastside.