Plan ahead for 2017 park-and-ride closures

Plan ahead for 2017 park-and-ride closures

The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will close on May 30, 2017 and the park-and-ride lots at the Overlake Transit Center will be closed on May 1, 2017. Bus and shuttle service will remain open.

New park-and-ride options are now available

In advance of the closure of South Bellevue Park-and-Ride, Sound Transit has opened five new leased park-and-ride lots, expanded two leased lots and identified existing lots with parking availability. Find more information about park-and-ride options during East Link construction on the Sound Transit:

Park & Ride options during East Link construction

East Link replacement parking interactive map

Construction in South Bellevue and Redmond

East Link construction will kick off in south Bellevue soon and in Redmond as early as spring 2017. During construction, the South Bellevue and Overlake Transit Center park-and-ride sites will be used to stage equipment and materials to build the light rail track, stations and parking garages.

South Bellevue Park-and-Ride to close: construction schedule coming soon

The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closed for approximately five years during construction. ST Express buses 550, 555 and 556, and Metro buses 241 and 249 will continue to serve Bellevue Way Southeast next to the closed park-and-ride during construction. The future South Bellevue Station will include bus and paratransit transfer facilities and a 1,500-stall parking garage.

Overlake Transit Center Park-and-Ride to close May 1

The Overlake Transit Center Park-and-Ride will be closed for up to six years during construction. Transit will continue to serve the Overlake Transit Center while the park-and-ride is closed. The future Redmond Technology Center Station will include bus, paratransit and Microsoft Connector service transfer facilities, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across SR 520 and a 320-stall parking garage.

Which Seattle-Eastside neighborhood should you live in?

Which Seattle-Eastside neighborhood should you live in?

Ballard hip, West Seattle views, Mercer Island charm, or Kirkland connectivity? Introducing an easy way to research and compare neighborhoods throughout Seattle and the Eastside—including maps, photos, parks, school rankings, statistical data, links and more. Liveonguides.com was developed to provide easy one-click access to tools, allowing consumers to discover the many communities within the Seattle-Eastside area” says the company’s owner Julie Barrows. The website shares many relevant links to great resources that locals know, but others might not—all assembled in one easy to access place.

Featured Community: Woodinville

Featured Community: Woodinville

The city of Woodinville is located in northeastern King County and southeast Snohomish County. It is most known for its Wine Country region that has now expanded to include local distilleries and breweries. From the notable Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to small boutique wineries scattered around the valley and “Warehouse” District located in north Woodinville, Woodinville offers visitors to taste celebrated, awarded wines, some of which are only available directly at the wineries. Wine tours, chef-inspired paired wine dinners, fundraisers, and local outdoor concerts are among the many Wine Country events hosted annually.It’s up there

Woodinville is a charming mix of residential areas located in 7 distinct geographical neighborhoods, light industrial areas, Tourist District, and retail-centric Town Center.  Woodinville is a convenient home-base, with its easy access to highways and transportation, for anyone seeking to explore the Puget Sound region. Located East of Seattle and North of Kirkland, the Woodinville community enjoys the advantages and convenience of being near several major metropolitan centers while maintaining the livability of all that is great about small town life. Both the Northshore School District and Lake Washington School District serve the residents of Woodinville in award winning style.

Residents of Woodinville come by their love of everything green naturally, and are passionate about the city’s environment and its beautiful woodland landscape. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the rugged beauty of the Olympics and Mount Rainier, Woodinville is committed to preserving its natural beauty. The climate is ideal for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Woodinville enjoys vast amounts of open space, city parks, multi-purpose fields, playgrounds, walking, biking, hiking and running trails, a skateboard park, tennis and basketball courts open all year long. The surrounding area offers lakes, rolling hills and mountains for the outdoor enthusiast. No matter what your passion is, you won’t have to go far to enjoy hot air ballooning, equestrian trails, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and wildlife watching adventures.

Molbaks Nursery, the largest and most comprehensive nursery in the Greater Puget Sound Region, draws garden enthusiasts throughout the state of Washington. Two of the most highly rated restaurants in the Northwest – The Herbfarm and The Barking Frog—are conveniently located in Woodinville. Over 100 wineries are located in, or near, Woodinville, including Chateau St. Michelle.  The popular summer concert series at St. Michelle’s amphitheater brings internationally renowned music acts to Woodinville.

An active calendar of small-town festivals, celebrations, and events occur throughout the year in Woodinville. Residents enjoy the Summer Concert Series at DeYoung Park and Cottage Lake Park. The Harvest Happening and The Great Pumpkin Hunt is a seasonal festival in late October. The Woodinville Lights Festival is a month-long celebration in December.  In the spring, the family-friendly annual Basset Bash parade and All Fools’ Day celebration is enjoyed by young and old. The population of Woodinville, per the 2010 Census, is approximately 11,000 residents.

Featured Community: Green Lake

Featured Community: Green Lake

Green Lake is a neighborhood in north central Seattle, Washington (map). Green Lake, the namesake lake of the Green Lake neighborhood, is a freshwater lake in north central Seattle, within Green Lake Park. Its boundaries are Interstate 5 to the east, beyond which lie Roosevelt and Maple Leaf; N 85th Street to the north; Aurora Avenue N (State Route 99) to the west, beyond which lies Phinney Ridge; and N 50th Street and Woodland Park to the south, beyond which lies Wallingford. It has a hip culture with many trendy restaurants and entertainment venues.iStock_000020097988_Full

Its main thoroughfares are the circumferential road around the lake, known at different points as East Green Lake Way N, East Green Lake Drive N, West Green Lake Drive N, Aurora Avenue N, and West Green Lake Way N; N 65th, N 71st, and N 80th Streets (east- and westbound); Wallingford Avenue N and 1st, 5th, Latona, and Woodlawn Avenues NE (generally north- and southbound but following the contours of the shoreline at some points); Green Lake Drive N and NE Ravenna Boulevard (northwest- and southeast-bound); and Winona Avenue N (northeast- and southwest-bound).

There is an extensive variety of housing types in Green Lake. Since 1995, the neighborhood has undergone significant redevelopment. Many houses have been completely remodeled and enlarged, often with the addition of another floor. This is a consequence of Green Lake’s easy access to Downtown via both Interstate 5 and Aurora Avenue N.iStock_000013652213_Large

The Green Lake Library, a Carnegie library that occupies 5,000 square feet is part of the Seattle Public Library system. Green Lake is home to Green Lake Elementary School in the Seattle School District, Bishop Blanchet High School, and Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s Green Lake Small Craft Center (GLSCC). GLSCC is the site of both Green Lake Crew, a public rowing program, and the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club.

There is a well-utilized 2.8-mile path around the lake for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming.

Featured Community: South Seattle

Featured Community: South Seattle

Neighborhoods in the Southeast District of Seattle include Brighton, Columbia City, Dunlap, Genesee, Hillman City, Lakewood, Mount Baker, New Holly, North Rainier, Othello, Pritchard Beach, Rainier Valley, Rainier Vista and Seward Park. (map) The district operates its own Southeast Seattle website, and coupled with the Rainier Valley Post and South Seattle Emerald, residents are always in the know about local happenings and community information.

South Seattle offers an affordable option for residents looking for close proximity to Downtown Seattle. It’s area restaurants offer a vast array of international cuisines and local ambiance. South Seattle is part of the Seattle School District. The Southeast Seattle Education Coalition provides guidance and direction. For those seeking to advance their education, South Seattle College offers many career tracks.

There are many active associations providing vision, leadership and opportunity throughout the region. The Columbia City Business AssociationMLK Business AssociationRainier Chamber of CommerceRainier Beach Moving Forward

Featured Community: Sammamish

Featured Community: Sammamish
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One of the fastest growing communities on the Eastside, the City of Sammamish enjoys a tranquil setting surrounded by natural beauty. Home to 40,000 people, the residential community is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, with Redmond to the north and Issaquah to the south. Sammamish incorporated as a city in August 1999. Since then the city has been busy building new roads, designing parks and creating other community infrastructure.

Historically an area of timber and agricultural activities, Sammamish now boasts many of the finest residential areas in the Puget Sound region set in an environment of green spaces, including wetlands and community parks. The area has long been considered to be excellent for families – as evidenced by the substantial number of people under 18, the excellent school systems (Issaquah and Lake Washington School Districts) and the emphasis on organized youth activities.

A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues dot the nature landscape of the city.

Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place. Accordingly, the city’s Comprehensive Plan is intended to:

  • Maintain a small-town atmosphere and suburban character so that new development will complement Sammamish’s existing character as well as allow for diversity and creativity;
  • Provide a family friendly, kid safe community;
  • Encourage community gathering spaces which invite human presence, arouse curiosity, pique interest and allow for the interaction of people;
  • Establish a unique sense of place for visitors and residents;
  • Respect the character and integrity of existing neighborhoods;
  • Preserve trees and green ways by encouraging the preservation or development of large areas of greenery which provide a visual impact as opposed to creating small areas of unusable residue;
  • Protect and enhance streams, wetlands and wildlife corridors;
  • Maintain a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and future urban development;
  • Create a safe and interesting network of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding;
  • Establish a park and recreation system that meets the high standards of the community;
  • Provide accessible, quality government service and encourage active, involved citizens;
  • Develop civic and cultural opportunities and experiences.

Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in Washington, and one of the major recreational lakes—with high use by fishermen, boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and picnickers. The freshwater lake is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 105 feet and a surface area of 8 square miles. It lies east of Bellevue and west of the Sammamish Plateau, and stretches from Issaquah in the south to Redmond in the north. There are popular State and County parks along the shore including Marymoor Park at the lake’s north end, Lake Sammamish State Park at its south end and East Lake Sammamish Trail. Lake Sammamish State Park boasts 6,858 feet of waterfront along its 512 acres. The parks day-use facilities including an active boat launch, picnic tables and shelters, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, and softball and soccer fields.

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Seward Park covers 300 acres and is located in southeast Seattle in the neighborhood of the same name (map). The park occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a forested peninsula and former island that juts into Lake Washington. It contains one of the last surviving tracts of old-growth forest within the city of Seattle. The park is named for former U.S. Secretary of State William Seward. Columbia City and surrounds, located just west of Seward Park, offers a variety of local restaurants.

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By Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons

One approaches the park from the north by Lake Washington Boulevard S, from the south by Seward Park Avenue S., or from the west by S Orcas Street. The main parking lot and a tennis court are located in the southwest corner. The most commonly used trail is a car-free loop around the park. It is flat and 2.4 miles long. The perimeter trail was repaved in 2007. Other trails run through the interior, including a few car-accessible roads that lead to amenities including an amphitheater and picnic area. Seward Park features numerous small beaches, the largest one on its southwest side, as well as a playground and an arts center. Both Seward Park and Beacon Hill are part of the Seattle School District.

Beacon Hill, in south Seattle (map), is comprised of four areas: North Beacon Hill, Mid-Beacon Hill, Holly Park and South Beacon Hill. It’s a neighborhood where professional people and blue collar workers still live side-by-side. Rather than being divisive, the economic diversity of Beacon Hill has brought the residents together, as they strive to keep the feel of the community intact. Still considered an affordable place to buy a home, the houses possess unique character. In North Beacon Hill area, there are nice examples of the Seattle Box style home and quality Craftsman-style bungalows. The Pacific Medical Center, also located in North Beacon Hill, is an Art Deco style building that used to serve as Amazon’s world headquarters and has been a national landmark since 1979. The Seattle Light Rail has a stop at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, which has upped neighborhood’s appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. The distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades are enjoyed throughout the whole Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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By Lumpytrout via Wikimedia Commons

One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park.  Its golf club, which was home course for professional golfer Fred Couples during his teens, is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. Other sports which can be played at the park include lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. Starting in 2012, a permaculture project called Beacon Food Forest will be housed on a 7 acre plot adjacent to the southwest corner of the park.

Van Asselt Community Center is located on S. Myrtle Street. It offers children and teen programs, drop in sport activities, fitness classes, art classes and other programs to benefit local residents. The facilities, remodeled in 2007, include a gym, dividable multipurpose room, teen room, childcare and kitchen. On the grounds, there is a wading pool, playground equipment and outdoor basketball hoops.

The Beacon Hill Blog, which is maintained by Wendi Dunlap (who also has managed the Beacon Hill email list since 1999) offers timely neighborhood information, neighborhood photos and an events calendar.

Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The station is 150 feet under Lander Street and the average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.

Featured Community: Renton

Featured Community: Renton

Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a city that offers spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, is also an abundance source of natural beauty. Residents enjoy a unique quality of life and a strong sense of community. With a mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods, innovative design, well-placed transit access points, safe pedestrian areas and abundant parks, the city offers something for everyone. It’s Renton School District is thriving–with many newly built or newly remodeled schools.

Renton is home to an accomplished technical college, and is within driving distance of several regional universities and community colleges. Renton is also homebase to the Valley Medical Center, the largest non-profit medical provider between Seattle and Tacoma. VMC services include medical, surgical, and 24-hour emergency care, along with specialized treatment in cardiology, oncology, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neurology, and pediatrics.

The City of Renton offers 29+ parks and trails to explore. The most popular is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. This 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers team sports and individual activities. In addition, within the city there is an 18-hole golf course, a skate park, community center, a neighborhood center, senior center, two libraries, and a history museum.

The Renton community supports a vibrant array of public and private arts and entertainment, including three performing arts theatres, the Renton City Concert Band and Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center is a compelling venue to catch a performance by well-known regional groups and international artists. It’s newer developments, such as the Landing, along with traditional standbys, provide savvy restaurant, entertainment, and shopping options.

Featured Community: West Seattle

Featured Community: West Seattle

West Seattle is aptly named—it represents all of the city located west of the Duwamish River. (map)  It’s the birth place of Seattle, being the first place settlers established themselves. West Seattle is comprised of over a dozen neighborhoods, including Alki Point, Junction, Fauntleroy, Admiral, High Point, Beach Drive, Delridge, Fairmount Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Park, Puget Ridge, Sunset, Arbor Heights, Arroyo Heights, Seola Beach and Westwood.  West Seattle also includes the Alki beachfront, Lincoln Park, Schmitz Preserve Park, and four-mile trail running the length of Longfellow Creek. The gorgeous views from West Seattle of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, along with the Cascade and Olympic mountains, have contributed to residents’ love for the area and make this a favorite Puget Sound destination.140 West Seattle1

Probably best known of all the neighborhoods is Alki Point, thanks to its immensely popular beach.  Alki Beach is a large strip of sandy beach chock full of driftwood, seashells, and fire pits. Low tides offer extraordinary opportunities to explore tide pools of Puget Sound marine life. In addition, a nice, flat bike and pedestrian trail runs the length of the beach—people who use this trail are treated to the most amazing views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and Olympic mountains. Every year, as part of Seafair, the Denny Party landing on Alki is reenacted.

The Junction is considered the heart of downtown West Seattle.  This is the site of the year-round West Seattle Farmers Market, which has been running since 1999. The Junction is where West Seattleites connect—there are shops, restaurants, coffee places, local services and best of all, Free Parking!  The Junction derives its name from two streetcar lines which crossed at the junction of California and Alaska streets starting in 1907. Today, 275 area businesses call the Junction home and buses have replaced the streetcars.  The Junction’s “walk all ways” pedestrian crossing system, which was established in 1952, has become a West Seattle icon— it’s “where people from all walks of life can walk all ways, together as neighbors.” 140 West Seattle3

West Seattle’s transportation options include 2 different ferry runs.  In the Fauntleroy neighborhood, Washington State Ferries travel to Vashon Island and on to Southworth, located on the Kitsap Peninsula. At Seacrest Park, residents can board the King County Water Taxi. In about 10 minutes, the Water Taxi delivers riders to Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront.  The Water Taxi is a good option for commuting to down town.  Bicycles are allowed onto the taxi free of charge, and several bus routes stop at Seacrest Park, including two free Metro DART shuttles.140 West Seattle2

The award-winning West Seattle Blog is the place to go to find out the latest happenings in West Seattle.  A pioneer in the hyper-local blog movement, resident-creators Tracy Record and Patrick Sand have decades-long experience in news reporting and advertising.  Their love for everything West Seattle, along with copious amounts of news tips from other residents, has made West Seattle Blog interesting to follow. A recent KUOW story featured West Seattle life in nice detail.

Featured Community: Medina and Clyde Hill

Featured Community: Medina and Clyde Hill

The city of Medina, located on the shores of Lake Washington, is a a residential community of 2,970 people, made famous by high-profile residents Bill and Melinda Gates of Microsoft fame and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. It offers security and sanctuary, along with lakeside Pacific Northwest beauty. The per-capita income of Medina is the 3rd highest in Washington State and the 49th highest in the U.S.  The prestigious Overlake Golf & Country Club is nestled along the eastern boarder of Medina. Its Arthur Vernon Macan-designed, 18-hole golf course has hosted many regional amateur and professional championships. Because of its size, the city is part of the Bellevue School District. Two private schools are located in Medina, Bellevue Christian School‘s Medina Campus and St. Thomas School.

Clyde Hill is known for its park-like grounds, spectacular views and serene setting located just east of Medina and south of Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. About 3,000 people call Clyde Hill home. Based on per capita income, Clyde Hill ranks 4th of 522 areas in the state of Washington and was listed as the most affluent town in Washington State. The majority of Clyde Hill is zoned for single-family use with the exception of two commercially zoned areas: a gas station and a coffee shop. In addition to a small government zone, the City is home to four schools: two public schools – Clyde Hill Elementary and Chinook Middle School; and two private schools: Bellevue Christian School‘s Clyde Hill Campus and Sacred Heart School. The City’s minimum lot size is 20,000 square feet, although many smaller lots exist which pre-date the incorporation of the City.

Local residents of Medina, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point enjoy first rate shopping and top-notch restaurants in the nearby city of Bellevue‘s downtown core.

Featured Community: Capitol Hill

Featured Community: Capitol Hill

Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Historians say realtor and land speculator James A. Moore, who was credited with the platting of the Capitol Hill, named it after a similarly named site in Denver. But others say the name stuck after a real estate firm offered space on the hill as part of a proposal to place the area’s capital in Seattle. Whichever the case, by 1908 Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill had become Seattle’s most fashionable districts. Wealthy bankers, shipping executives and other newly rich called it home. Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center, and Broadway — the neighborhood’s main drag — serves as its focal point. Broadway is best known for its assortment of radical shops and tattoo parlors. The street has been featured in Hollywood’s “Singles,” where angst-ridden twentysomethings fall in — and out — of movie love, and rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot immortalized its nightlife in his song about a “posse on Broadway.”

Capitol Hill is a unique counter-culture area. Music and art are prominent cornerstones of the community, with clubs, theatres, restaurants, bookstores and galleries found all throughout the neighborhood.  Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) schedules showing at the Harvard Exit and Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill. Public art displays are also found throughout the neighborhood– a couple of community favorites include the bronze dance steps set into the sidewalk and the Jimi Hendrix statue. Martial arts star Bruce Lee, and his son Brandon Lee, are buried in the Lake View Cemetery north of Volunteer Park, which is a draw to their fans. Starbucks uses this hip, vibrant neighborhood as one of their test markets for new products and café décor.

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By Joe Mabel, via Wikimedia Commons
The home styles within the Capitol Hill neighborhood are about as diverse as the residents, although there has been a trend in tearing down old homes to make way for condos. This trend has been quite unfortunate, due to how rich Capitol Hill is with architecturally significant buildings and homes.  You’ll find mansions with Victorian and Craftsman accents. There are Fredrick Anhalt designed apartments, with Tudor influences and central courtyards. The Seattle Box style home can also be found throughout the neighborhood. The two blocks on 14th Avenue E, toward the south entrance of Volunteer Park, is dubbed Millionaire’s Row—this little area contains fairly intact groupings of early 20th Century Seattle homes, many with lovely vistas.  The well-preserved Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is located on the west slope of Capital Hill, and is also mainly residential in nature. The early 1900 homes in built Harvard-Belmont Landmark District housed Seattle’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen. Back in 1980, Harvard-Belmont residents initiated and received the designation as a preservation district.

Volunteer Park_park and town hall docDuring the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning — Seattle Central Community College and the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts. Seattle University is on First Hill, but many of its students, faculty and staff work and play on Capitol Hill. The neighborhood (map) is bounded by Fuhrman Avenue East on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, East Pike Street on the south and 24th Avenue East. Seattle School District serves the needs of its younger residents.

The Capitol Hill section of the Seattle Light Rail system is slated to open during 2016. The underground station will be located between Broadway and East John Street, beneath Nagle Place. It’s projected that once in service, this station will see 14,000 boarding each day. It’s conveniently will be located to serve Seattle Central Community College students, Group Health Medical Center employees and patients, along with other Capitol Hill area employers.

 

 

Featured Community: Woodridge Neighborhood (located in Bellevue, WA)

Featured Community: Woodridge Neighborhood (located in Bellevue, WA)

The Woodridge neighborhood located in the City of Bellevue is a primarily residential area located just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405. It includes some multifamily, office and light industrial development along Richards Road. Woodridge is characterized by quiet streets and comfortable homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Much of the community’s daily life revolves around Woodridge Elementary School, at the top of the hill.Best friends

Norwood Village, built on Woodridge Hill by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, adds historical and architectural significance to the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views. By varying home design and creatively placing homes on lots to maximize views, developers managed to avoid the uniform look of tract housing – and the project was praised in 1952 editions of home and garden magazines. Local parks include Bannerwood Ballfield Park, Kelsey Creek Park, Norwood Village Park, and  Woodridge Water Tower Park.

Bellevue’s schools are consistently rated among the best in the country. Student enrollment is approximately 19,000 students, divided among 28 schools. The school district employs approximately 2,000 people, which includes 1,100 teachers. Out of those teachers, 380 are National Board Certified – more than another other district in Washington State– and over 75% hold a Master’s Degree. The school district’s curriculum is connected across all grades, is anchored to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at high school level, and the college prep track is the default curriculum.

Bellevue is the Eastside’s high-tech and retail hub; its business roster includes Microsoft, PACCAR, Expdedia and Puget Sound Energy.  More than 140,000 jobs are located in Bellevue, which means that more people work within the city than reside in it. In 2008, Fortune Small Business Magazine rated Bellevue as the #1 city to live and start a business in. Its skyline is graced with gleaming high-rises. Bellevue’s downtown core provides office space for thousands of professionals as well as condominiums and apartments for people who want to live in an urban setting.

While downtown is bustling with retail, restaurants and business, the city of Bellevue also retains a small-town ambiance. Thriving neighborhoods with healthy green belts, a vast network of green spaces, along with many recreational facilities available within the city, highlights the beautiful attributes of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, every year since 1992, The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Bellevue a “Tree City.” Bellevue covers 31+ square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. The city is also short drive from the Cascade Mountains.

Featured Community: Issaquah

Featured Community: Issaquah
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Issaquah, named in 2011 as one of the “Best Towns” in the U.S. by Outside Magazine, is a terrific place to live and conduct business. It is a community of 30,000+ residents, and is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle. Issaquah is a city dedicated to local traditions, hometown values, and award-winning neighborhoods. With one of Washington State’s top school districts, a series of thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene…Issaquah has it all!

Also known as the “Trailhead City,” Issaquah is in a prime location to explore the best of the great northwest because the city is centered within the “Issaquah Alps” (Cougar, Squak and Tiger Mountains). The lure of the clean mountain air and beautiful scenery attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and even paragliders to Issaquah. Check out the city’s map portal for an overview of its parks and facilities.

The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors. Every October, more than 150,000 people also travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.lake-sammamish-istock_000043626338_double

Issaquah Highlands is an award winning community where all new homes meet Built Green™ standards and are certified ENERGY STAR® or equivalent. The tree-lined streets and trails connect community parks with 1,400 acres of permanently preserved open space. Talus features four hundred contiguous acres of protected open space that form one of the final links in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.  Talus also contains a planned business center with 500,000 square feet of commercial office space, and 50,000 square feet of retail and common facilities. Timber Ridge at Talus, a state-of- the-art life care services community has spectacular views and first class service.

Because of its proximity to Bellevue and Seattle, Issaquah is a prime business location.  The city currently contains a mix of high tech firms, retail headquarters and small businesses. Microsoft Corporation and Siemens Medical Systems have offices located in Issaquah. Costco’s international headquarters is within the city, located at Pickering Place—a wonderful center that blends the charm of a historic dairy farm with professional space, retail, restaurants and entertainment. In addition, state-of-the-art medical treatment facilities are located in the city, including Swedish Medical Center Issaquah.

Featured Community: Madison Park

Featured Community: Madison Park

The Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, located south of the 520 bridge (map), is a neighborhood of stunning homes and condos, many with gorgeous views of the lake and Mount Rainer. Madison Park could be considered an urban center retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area. Madison Park is part of the Seattle School District.

The upscale commercial district is both a draw to the neighborhood and greatly treasured by those who live nearby. Residents often express that everything they need is conveniently located within the Madison Park neighborhood, so they don’t need to leave the peace and tranquility of the community! Many of it’s coveted local restaurants draw people from all over the region.

The park, from which the neighborhood derives its name, is a well-maintained green space that leads to a sandy beach on the shores of Lake Washington. The 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum is also a neighborhood draw. In fact, the Arboretum is considered one of the finest public gardens nation-wide; it features a botanical garden with plants native to the PNW and a formal Japanese garden.

Seattle’s Central District is an extremely diverse area broken into distinct micro-neighborhoods. The borders of the Central District (often called the CD by locals) include the I-5 corridor on the west side, the Beacon Hill neighborhood to the south, Lake Washington to the east and the north side is defined by Portage Bay and the Arboretum. There are a total of 24 micro-neighborhoods within Central Seattle, spread over a pentagon shaped area. Below are overviews of five of the CD’s micro-neighborhoods, from different sections of the 5 edges of Central Seattle.
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Mercer Island Private Clubs and Recreation Facilities

Mercer Island Private Clubs and Recreation Facilities

In addition to the many public parks and recreation amenities, Mercer Island is home to several well-known private clubs and recreation facilities. Here is a quick run down on four popular venues.

Mercer Island Beach Club | 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-3125
The Mercer Island Beach Club is located along the water at the SE tip of the Island. Known for its beautiful waterfront facilities with spectacular Mt Rainier and lake views, MIBC members enjoy swimming, aquatic sports, tennis, fitness, and social activities.
AQUATICS: 8-lane competition pool; diving board; seasonally covered activity pool; and lazy river.
TENNIS: Six hard-surface tennis courts and one regulation-size pickleball court; full-time tennis pro; lessons, tourneys, and social matches; seating area to watch and dine.
FITNESS: 2,200sf fitness facility; state-of-the-art cardio and free weight equipment; locker rooms for men, women, boys, and girls, plus lounge; group fitness classes and personal trainers.
WATERFRONT: Sandy beach for kids of all ages; lifeguarded swim dock with water slide; six moorage docks with 74 boat slips; kayak and day sailor racks.
GROUNDS: 7.5-acre property with expansive lawns; two levels of view decks with picnic tables; six communal grills with sink and prep area, plus nearby fire pit; children’s outdoor play structure.
CLUBHOUSE: party room with expansive outdoor deck; large prep kitchen and bar window; Wave Café and seating area, serving light meals and snacks.
Mercer Island Country Club | 8700 SE 71st Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-5600
The Mercer Island Country Club is located at the south end of the Island. Probably most known for its tennis facilities and tournaments, MICC also boasts swim, fitness and social activities.
TENNIS: 7 indoor courts and 8 outdoor courts; 7 pros; extensive tennis programs; USTA and women’s cup teams; MICC annual tournament; men’s night competitive program; women’s flights and monthly mixed-doubles nights. Classes for juniors with members competing in USTA and the Junior Eastside Tennis League.
AQUATICS: 8-lane, 25-yard pool with a spring diving board is covered about half the year to allow year-round use; swimming, diving and water polo teams; swim lessons, stroke clinics, lifeguarding classes and in-the-water social events.
FITNESS: Weight room and fitness studio feature state-of-the-art machines including LeMond spin bikes and TRX equipment. Six personal trainers and 13 instructors offer a wide range of classes for preschoolers through seniors.
SOCIAL: MICC’s offerings also include lounge areas, a child-care center, pro shop, outdoor BBQ and play equipment.
Stroum Jewish Community Center | 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040 | 206-232-7115
The Stroum Jewish Community Center on the east side of Mercer Island offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone from newborns to seniors. The J on Mercer Island is home to an Early Childhood School, a newly remodeled state-of-the-art auditorium, an upgraded Fitness Center, an indoor pool, and more. Membership to the SJCC is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, or national origin. We welcome everyone – you don’t have to be Jewish to join.
FITNESS: State-of-the-art HOIST strength equipment and Octane cardio machines in a 2,000 square-foot fitness center; highly qualified personal trainers; sports leagues; indoor running track; racquetball courts; drop in gym; more than 40 fitness classes for SJCC members.
AQUATICS: 25-yard indoor swimming pool with a 2 1/2-foot-deep preschool instructional area, adult lap lanes, and a certified lifeguard on duty at all times.
CULTURAL ARTS:  Newly renovated auditorium makes the J an even better artistic home for our community. In addition to the popular Seattle Jewish Film Festival, they offer a wider variety of arts programs, including concerts, theater performances, and lectures, so the greater Seattle community can come together to explore, enjoy, and engage in art.
Mercerwood Shore Club | 4150 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-1622
Mercerwood Shore Club is a relaxed, easy to access club located on the eastern shores of the Island in a spectacular waterfront setting. Since 1953, the club has been bringing families together to enjoy an endless variety of programs and activities for all ages.
AQUATICS: 25-meter pool with diving board for year-round use (enclosed in a heated bubble during the winter months); full variety of swimming programs for all ages; accomplished summer sports programs and coaching; Mercerwood Swim Team and Water Polo teams; competitive swimming, diving and water polo teams for kids ages 5 and up.
WATERFRONT: MSC enjoys over 500 feet of Lake Washington waterfront with a large grass picnic area, built in BBQs, fire pits, sandy beach, playground, swimming area, and boat launch with 36 moorage slips, offering moorage from April through October. There is also a private boat ramp adjacent to the dock and storage is available for paddle boards, kayaks, day sailers, and other personal watercraft.
TENNIS: Play tennis with a beautiful view of Lake Washington on the club’s four well-maintained outdoor tennis courts; courtside viewing and social area.
CLUBHOUSE: A new 6000 sq. ft. year-round club house features lounge areas, multi-purpose room, weight room, cardio studio, hot tub and wading pool for toddlers.

Navigating your way through the neighborhoods of the Eastside

Navigating your way through the neighborhoods of the Eastside

Navigating your way through the cities that make up the Eastside? Our guide to Eastside neighborhoods puts great resources at your fingertips. Click on each city to check out local amenities, restaurants, and schools for each neighborhood. Here’s a Google map overview to find your way around.

Bellevue
Duvall-Carnation
Issaquah
Kirkland
Medina and Clyde Hill
Hunts Point and Yarrow Point
Mercer Island
Redmond
Renton
Sammamish
Woodinville

The skinny on Seattle Neighborhoods

The skinny on Seattle Neighborhoods

Want the scoop on Seattle neighborhoods? Click to check out local amenities, restaurants, and schools for each neighborhood in one easy place.

Ballard
Belltown
Broadmoor
Capitol Hill
Downtown
Freemont
Green Lake
Laurelhurst
Madison Park
Madrona-Leschi
Magnolia
North Seattle-Shoreline
Queen Anne
Seward Park
South Seattle
Wallingford
West Seattle

Featured Community: Magnolia

Featured Community: Magnolia

The location of the Magnolia neighborhood (map) in Seattle feels like a secluded island. Three bridges give you access to Magnolia, just west of Queen Anne, north of Downtown, and south of the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. This unique part of Seattle is on a natural peninsula, and the lack of major city thoroughfares through the neighborhood helps Magnolia retain in friendly quaint, atmosphere. Magnolia is part of the Seattle School District.

Along West McGraw Street is the main shopping area and the Magnolia trees that give this area its name. The naming was actually a mistake. Captain Vancouver recorded the Madrona trees that dot the bluffs near the water as being Magnolia trees when he was journeying on the Puget Sound. Being situated near the water means that there is abundant natural beauty in this area. Magnolia homes are famous for being among the most expensive, and many have incredible views. Owners of Magnolia homes love the park at the south end of the neighborhoods. Anyone can come here, though, and use the picnic tables and tennis courts.

120605-A-DT641-002The largest park in the city can be found in this area of Seattle. Owners of Magnolia homes often go to the 534-acre Discovery Park. Here, you
can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the shoreline of Discovery Park faces the southwest, so this is a great place to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. While it has only been here since 1973, Discovery Park is now an important part of the area. Fort Lawton is still within the boundaries of the park, and this is where some military families are housed.

Another landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisade restaurant. As you walk up the steps of this Magnolia restaurant, you will realize that you’re in for a real treat. There is an all you can eat pancake and tropical fruit buffet, but it is great for lunch and dinner as well. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular Magnolia restaurant in the area. In addition the Palisade, there are many tasty local restaurants in the Magnolia area to chose from.

Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. Lighthouse at sunset, Seattle, WashingtonWhile only three bridges connect it, this area of Seattle is an inextricable part of Seattle life. From a fine Magnolia restaurant to the hours of fun at Discovery Park, Magnolia will show you a taste of the good life in the Pacific Northwest.

The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep up-to-date on all things Magnolia. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce located at 3214 West McGraw Street Suite #301B Seattle, Washington 98199. Queen Anne & Magnolia News is another terrific resource for local news and information. The Magnolia Community Center is located at 2550 34th Ave W, 98199. Currently they are open 1 pm to 9 pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, closed Sunday. Magnolia Playfield stretches for several city blocks and includes or is adjacent to Magnolia Community Center, Blaine Elementary School and Mounger Pool. The playfields are well used for football, softball and soccer.

Featured Community: Woodinville

Featured Community: Woodinville

The city of Woodinville is located in northeastern King County and southeast Snohomish County. It is most known for its Wine Country region that has now expanded to include local distilleries and breweries. From the notable Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to small boutique wineries scattered around the valley and “Warehouse” District located in north Woodinville, Woodinville offers visitors to taste celebrated, awarded wines, some of which are only available directly at the wineries. Wine tours, chef-inspired paired wine dinners, fundraisers, and local outdoor concerts are among the many Wine Country events hosted annually.It’s up there

Woodinville is a charming mix of residential areas located in 7 distinct geographical neighborhoods, light industrial areas, Tourist District, and retail-centric Town Center.  Woodinville is a convenient home-base, with its easy access to highways and transportation, for anyone seeking to explore the Puget Sound region. Located East of Seattle and North of Kirkland, the Woodinville community enjoys the advantages and convenience of being near several major metropolitan centers while maintaining the livability of all that is great about small town life. Both the Northshore School District and Lake Washington School District serve the residents of Woodinville in award winning style.

Residents of Woodinville come by their love of everything green naturally, and are passionate about the city’s environment and its beautiful woodland landscape. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the rugged beauty of the Olympics and Mount Rainier, Woodinville is committed to preserving its natural beauty. The climate is ideal for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Woodinville enjoys vast amounts of open space, city parks, multi-purpose fields, playgrounds, walking, biking, hiking and running trails, a skateboard park, tennis and basketball courts open all year long. The surrounding area offers lakes, rolling hills and mountains for the outdoor enthusiast. No matter what your passion is, you won’t have to go far to enjoy hot air ballooning, equestrian trails, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and wildlife watching adventures.

Molbaks Nursery, the largest and most comprehensive nursery in the Greater Puget Sound Region, draws garden enthusiasts throughout the state of Washington. Two of the most highly rated restaurants in the Northwest – The Herbfarm and The Barking Frog—are conveniently located in Woodinville. Over 100 wineries are located in, or near, Woodinville, including Chateau St. Michelle.  The popular summer concert series at St. Michelle’s amphitheater brings internationally renowned music acts to Woodinville.

An active calendar of small-town festivals, celebrations, and events occur throughout the year in Woodinville. Residents enjoy the Summer Concert Series at DeYoung Park and Cottage Lake Park. The Harvest Happening and The Great Pumpkin Hunt is a seasonal festival in late October. The Woodinville Lights Festival is a month-long celebration in December.  In the spring, the family-friendly annual Basset Bash parade and All Fools’ Day celebration is enjoyed by young and old. The population of Woodinville, per the 2010 Census, is approximately 11,000 residents.

Handy Local Utility Contacts

Handy Local Utility Contacts

Handy Local Utility Contacts (PDF)
 
Electric & Gas
PUGET SOUND ENERGY   425-454-2000
SEATTLE CITY LIGHT   206-684-3000
SNOHOMISH PUD   425-783-1000

Cable, Internet & Phone
COMCAST/XFINITY   877-824-2288
FRONTIER   800-921-8101
CENTURYLINK   877-299-0946
DIRECTV   866-810-7892
WAVE INTERNET   866-928-3123

Water, Sewer & Garbage
CITY OF BELLEVUE   425-452-6932
CITY OF ISSAQUAH   425-837-3070
CITY OF KIRKLAND   425-587-3150
CITY OF MERCER ISLAND   206-275-7783
CITY OF REDMOND   425-556-2152
CITY OF RENTON   425-430-6852
NE SAMMAMISH WATER AND SEWER   425-868-1144
NORTHSHORE UTILITY DISTRICT    425-398-4400
SAMMAMISH PLATEAU WATER AND SEWER   425-392-6256
REPUBLIC SERVICES   206-682-9730
SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES   206-684-3000
SNOHOMISH PUD   425-783-1000
WASTE MANAGEMENT   800-592-9995
WOODINVILLE WATER   425-487-4100

Heating Oil Tank Insurance
PLIA INSURANCE   800-822-3905

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Featured Community: Ballard

Featured Community: Ballard

Ballard has become one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle…especially for first-time homeowners. The close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home and construction is booming to accommodate the growth this Seattle neighborhood is experiencing.

Ballard is located in the northwestern part of Seattle, Washington. To the north it is bounded by Crown Hill, (N.W. 85th Street); to the east by Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Fremont (along 8th Avenue N.W.); to the south by the Lake Washington Ship Canal; and to the west by Puget Sound’s Shilshole Bay. The neighborhood’s landmarks include the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (known locally as the “Ballard Locks”), the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Shilshole Bay Marina, and Golden Gardens Park. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfares running north-south are Seaview, 32nd, 24th, Leary, 15th, and 8th Avenues N.W.; East-west traffic is carried by N.W. Leary Way and N.W. 85th, 80th, 65th, and Market Streets (east- and westbound). The Ballard Bridge carries 15th Avenue over Salmon Bay to the Interbay neighborhood, and the Salmon Bay Bridge carries the BNSF Railway tracks across the bay, west of the Ballard Locks.

Ballard enjoys a healthy microbrew industry, and contains several industrial brew pubs. The district is home to local tasting rooms, trendy restaurants and new multi-use buildings that include both residential and retail. In Ballard, the sidewalks are bustling with people walking their pets, strolling down the street window shopping and groups of people meeting up for a meal. Ballard Avenue, a nationally registered historic district, hales back to the area’s blue collar roots. Visitors are treated to plaques lining the avenue that tell this district’s story. Ballard Avenue now contains shops, restaurants, boutiques and features an active nightlife. The year-round Ballard Farmers Market also calls this avenue home. Ballard’s Market Street, on the other hand, is the neighborhood’s modern business district. It also contains shops and restaurants (many with sidewalk cafes), the Majestic Bay movie theater and urban green spaces. The monthly Second Saturday ArtWalks is an event showcasing the wares of local artists being sold at galleries, studios and shops that line Market Street.

Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront. Fisherman’s Terminal is home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal also offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard locks, officially named the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, were built in 1916. The Ballard locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound— this is a 26-foot grade change. A popular tourist destination, the Ballard locks contain a salmon fish ladder that is fun to visit when the fish are moving from the Puget Sound back to freshwater. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage space for 1,500 recreational boats, plus a boat ramp and sailing schools. The marina includes a waterfront promenade, which features fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens, a popular beachfront park.

The neighborhood’s Nordic Heritage Museum is internationally acclaimed, and features both historic and fine art exhibits. In addition, musical performances, children’s activities and other cultural events are held at the museum. Ballard’s Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge is still going strong after 100+ years old— Sons and Daughters of Norway lodges work to promote the history, culture, and language of Norway. Ballard’s Scandinavian culture is also celebrated annually on May 17th, when the neighborhood celebrates Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day). Syttende Mai includes a parade, possibly the largest one outside Norway, and is highly anticipated every year.

Ballard-Locks-iStock_000020098186_FullThe Hiram M. Chittenden Locks located in Ballard provide a link for boats between the saltwater of the Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal connecting to Lake Union and Lake Washington. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, often called the Ballard Locks, link salty Puget Sound with the fresh waters of Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay and Lake Washington. Both tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through. Pass a sunny day watching boats of all shapes and sizes come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound.

Stop by the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. Glass panels make it possible to view the fish as they navigate their way through the ladder, adjusting to different levels of salt each step of the way. Occasionally, a clever sea lion will hang out, waiting for his next meal. For the historically-minded among you, the locks’ official name is, “Hiram M. Chittenden Locks,” and was built in 1911 so that coal and timber could be easily transported by boat.

Seattle‘s “Hidden Treasure” – The beauty of Greenwood is in its contrasts. It’s a kind of old-fangled neighborhood with a trendy edge, a place where coffee shops mix with espresso bars, where young families live among senior citizens. In Greenwood, it is still possible to buy a little bungalow on a quiet street without breaking the bank, or open a small business with little more than a dream and watch it thrive in the shadow of chains and superstores. This is a community that comes together for block parties and tree plantings, for holiday caroling and Seafair parades, a neighborhood that is redefining itself as a destination for arts and antique hounds who patronize the growing number of shops, galleries and cafes along the main drags.

The local Chamber of Commerce is not far off in dubbing Greenwood “Seattle’s hidden treasure.” It sits just north of Phinney Ridge and the Woodland Park Zoo, and though it has its own flavor and identity, Greenwood’s commercial district overlaps Phinney’s and the two communities do much of their neighborhood planning together. The intersection of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue is the heart of the neighborhood, the place where banners are strung to highlight special events, such as the Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk in May, or the Greenwood Classic Car & Rod Show in June. Many of the brick storefronts look as they did in the 1920s.  They are occupied by an eclectic mix of merchants, selling everything from antiques and collectibles to comic books and clothes. The upper floors frequently are leased out as apartments.

Most everything is within walking distance, and there is easy access to Metro.  There is a city library near the center of town, a post office, even a mini city hall.  “Hey, how many neighborhoods have their own city hall?” asks community organizer Patty Fong. “It makes you feel like you’re somebody.” Greenwood’s proximity to downtown Seattle (about 15 minutes by car), to Green Lake (a short bicycle ride), to supermarkets (it has two) and a variety of restaurants (Japanese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian, Greek and Chinese) contributes to its growing popularity.

Greenwood Elementary School, long a fixture in the community, lies a few blocks west of the commercial district, at the corner of Northwest 80th and Third Avenue Northwest (Part of the Seattle School District). It is a stately brick building, graced by broad oak trees and ivy that dates to 1905 and still attracts grateful students from bygone days. The school, which has about 300 students, continues to enjoy widespread support from the community, with local seniors coming daily to read to kindergarten students and parents teaming up with teachers to help in the classroom.

An interesting mix of architecture can be found here — from brick ramblers and old Tudors to 1950s-style split-levels and small frame bungalows. They have pretty gardens and window boxes brimming with colors of the season: purple and pink petunias, cherry red geraniums, royal blue lobelia and bright yellow pansies. Portions of this article from SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.

Back to school? Check out the latest school reports here!

Back to school? Check out the latest school reports here!

We’ve compiled school district info and ratings for schools throughout the greater Seattle-Eastside region in one place to make your research easier. Click here for links to each school district. You can also use this site to see which schools serve which neighborhoods…and which neighborhoods are part of which school districts. We’ve made all of the connections for you to make analysis a breeze.

 

Featured Community: Kirkland

Featured Community: Kirkland
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Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 people, is fortunate to have a vibrant downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington.  Its proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside.  Kirkland has so much to offer residents and visitors:  the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. The charm of Kirkland, combined with readily available urban amenities, makes Kirkland an excellent city to reside in. In fact, 87% of residents polled rated Kirkland a good or excellent place to live.  Kirkland was also named one of the Best Overall Neighborhoods by Seattle Magazine in 2008 and 2009. Check out our Kirkland video.

Kirkland’s economy features a robust mix of corporate headquarters, light industrial, small business and manufacturing. High-tech and home-based businesses are also on the rise in Kirkland. It’s innovative and positive atmosphere, along with several commercial districts like Downtown, Carillon Point and Totem Lake, has enticed internationally recognized companies like Google, Allyis,Nintendo and Inrix to set up shop within the city. In the downtown core, the Heathman Hotel is a scrumptious place to unwind in luxury.

Thirteen distinct residential neighborhood areas, each with its own unique character, make up theCity of Kirkland. Each neighborhood possesses a healthy, active neighborhood association.  Throughout the city, its small town feel, sense of history and its residents’ strong appreciation for quality of life is visible. Kirkland enjoys numerous city parks, open markets and community events. The tree canopy throughout the City of Kirkland encompasses over 21,000 trees lining the city’s streets.  Trees are abundantly located in Kirkland’s parks and private landscapes.  The city’s urban forest enhances the natural Pacific Northwest beauty which is a strong facet of Kirkland’s identity.Kirkland’s neighborhoods include Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, Lakeview, Market, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Rose Hill, and Totem Lake.