There was time when the Totem Lake Mall was a thriving shopping center. Those days are gone and so is the mall. Although currently Totem Lake have rather average scores from Walkscore.com (just 48
North Rose Hill
North Rose Hill has approximately 7,600 residents and has been ranked the #1 “best neighborhood” in Kirkland, Washington by StreetAdvisor.com. According to them, the area is “clean and green” has a lack of traffic and can be characterized for its peace and quiet. The neighborhood has “walk score” of 44 and “transit score” of 35 from WalkScore.com who says that most errands will require the use of a car although some public transportation is available as well.
Area Vibes gives North Rose Hill gives the area a “livability” score of 77 which includes an A+ score for amenities, A+ score for crime, A score for housing, B score for weather, B score for education and a B score for employment. The only downside is that are received an “F” for the cost of living.
GreatSchools.com ranks the Rose Hill Elementary School a rating of 8* and the middle school a rating of 9* which are above average. (*out of 10) The neighborhood is home to the North Rose Hill Woodland Park (9930 124th Avenue NE) which features a beautiful children’s playground, pathway, an open lawn area, picnic tables, interpretive displays, boardwalks, wetland, forested areas and a picnic shelter.
The Juanita Friday Market is nearby (9703 NE Juanita Drive, 98034) and placed nicely on the shores of Lake Washington. The market is open from June to September from 3:00-7:00 p.m. each Friday. Here you’ll find a nice variety of fresh and delicious local produce, flowers, hot prepared meals, live music, handmade crafts and other products all created and produced in Washington State.
The local’s favorite restaurants include the southwest kitchen and bar known as Cactus (121 Park Lane - http://www.cactusrestaurants.com/location/kirkland/), The Mexican restaurant Tres Hermanos (12821 NE 85th St. - http://www.tres-hermanos-wa.hub.biz/), Canyons Gastropub (15740 Redmond Way in Redmond), Royal India (9714 NE Juanita Dr. - http://royalindiacuisine.com/) and Tommy Thai Restaurant (8516 122nd Ave. NE - http://tommythaikirkland.com/)
Nearby cities include: Highlands, Totem Lake, South Rose Hill, Everest, Norkirk, South Juanita and Moss Bay.
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