About Redmond

Redmond has come a long way since the early days when logging and agriculture were the primary industries. Now known worldwide as a center for high technology, Redmond has retained its values and charm by remaining a community that prides itself for its high quality of life with safe neighborhoods, good schools and a healthy economic base. Redmond's early history was marked by the building of lumber and shingle mills, the coming to town of a rail line, and a thriving economy. From our heritage of logging and farming, to today's position of being one of the world's leading high technology centers, Redmond has become a destination where people not only want to live and work, but visit and enjoy.

Redmond Trivia

Q: Who was Redmond’s most famous artist?

A: It was the legendary woodcarver and sculptor Dudley Carter, who lived and worked for many years out of a home and Haida-style carving studio and longhouse on land by the Bellevue-Redmond Road that later became part of the Microsoft campus. In his later years, he lived and worked as a King County Artist-in-Residence on property next to the Sammamish River at the Leary Way bridge, where some of his larger works can be seen still by RiverWalk users.

Q: What’s the smallest city park in Redmond’s history and where is it located?

A: Flagpole Plaza, at .11 acres, is the smallest park and is located in the center of what old-timers call the Town Square, which is really a triangle where 164th Avenue NE meets Redmond Way.

Q: What local citizen became world-famous for his accomplishment and what was it?

A: In 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to climb Mt. Everest. He was given a tickertape parade down Redmond Way and was designated honorary Mayor of Redmond.

Q: What popular TV series of the earl ‘90’s was filmed in Redmond and where was the soundstage located?

A: The series was called Northern Exposure and the soundstage was located near a business park in southeast Redmond.

Notable Residents

  • John Archer, actor.
  • Andrew James Allen, actor.
  • Karan Brar, for Chirag Gupta in Diary of a Wimpy Kids, Rodrick Rules and Ravi Ross in Jessie.
  • Carrie Brownstein, guitarist and vocalist for Sleater-Kinney.
  • James Doohan, actor, famous for playing Scotty in the television series Star Trek.
  • Jeff Cirillo, former third baseman for several Major League Baseball teams.
  • Daniel Dociu, concept artist and video game art director.
  • Nick Downing, retired professional soccer player.
  • Grant Goodeve, actor/singer/show host. Starred in the 1970s hit series "Eight is Enough".
  • Blake Lewis, runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol and music producer/performer.
  • Shannon O'Donnell, former NBC 11/Bay Area now KOMO 4 weather anchor.
  • Lu Sheng-yen, founder of the True Buddha School.
  • Adora Svitak, child prodigy, Poet, writer.
  • Steve Wiebe, two time Donkey Kong world record holder, and was featured in The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
  • Sandra Eisert, art director, photographer.
  • Henry Hill, former mobster, lived in Redmond in the late 1980s.

Filmed In Redmond

  • Northern Exposure (1990)
  • Bustin' Loose (1981)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
  • Why It's a Good Thing (2003)