Along the Eastside’s “Gold Coast”, Yarrow Point is a half crescent peninsula thumbing into the pristine blue waters of Lake Washington between Cozy Cove and Yarrow Bay. Tucked into this wooded, watery setting along with its fellow “Point Cities” the city of Yarrow Point is among the most affluent communities in the nation.
Until the 1880s, it remained forested and unspoiled, only visited by blue heron, foraging deer, and frequent mists. William Easter filed the first homestead claim in 1886 and began to harvest timber. Leigh S. J. Hunt, owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, bought most of the peninsula in 1888 and on its northern shoreline built a large estate he named “Yarrow” after a poem by William Wordsworth. By the turn of the century ancient forests had made room for strawberry, vegetable, and holly farms.
One hundred years later, Yarrow Point is a residential town of a little more than 400 homes and 1,000 citizens on 231 acres. Residents, who grew weary of county zoning policies, successfully led the drive for incorporation in 1959. Conserving the peninsula’s wetlands and woods has been a key focus. The Weatherill Nature Preserve is evidence of this focus with its 16 acres of woods and wetlands donated by the granddaughters of early Seattle businessman, Jacob Furth.
The children of Yarrow Point are fortunate to be able to attend one of the finest school districts in the nation in Bellevue Schools. All four of the public high schools as well as the 6-12 International School are ranked by Newsweek in the top 1% of the Nation’s schools because of their excellent academics and Advanced Placement test taking. Bellevue Community College, City University and proximity to the world class University of Washington are the foundation of the higher education opportunity in the community.
The very best of the Northwest Metroplex is available to Yarrow Point citizens. Neighboring Bellevue has a symphony orchestra, opera company and several museums as well as a world class convention center, developing performing arts center, and many fairs festivals and events. Numerous fine restaurants and clubs offer choices for entertainment and recreation. Local churches offer the opportunity for a vibrant spiritual life and community volunteer options are available. Five minutes away, Bellevue Square mall with its over 200 Stores and more than 1.2 million square feet of retail, restaurants and office space, attracts over 16 million visitors annually and helps to make shopping one of the most popular activities. Overlake Hospital is the core of the medical district on the eastern edge of downtown and has grown into one of the largest and highest rated medical complexes in the northwestern U.S.
With the fourth highest per capita income per household in Washington State, housing is upper class. The median family income is over $125,000 a year.