The Revival Of Totem Lake

Dated: 01/09/2018

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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 (just 48 for a Walk Score and 44 for a Transit Score) requiring a car for most errands, that could change quickly with the new development of The Village at Totem Lake which is being built where there old mall once stood. 

The brand new development is a re-designed mixed use lifestyle center that offers about 400,000 square feet of retail and theater space and approximately 850 luxury rental units. A variety of shops are already open at The Village including Nordstrom Rack, Trader Joe’s, Ross, Auto Zone as well as a couple of banks. Whole Foods, the Cycle Bar, MOD Pizza, Chipotle, AT@T and Verizon and a new movie theater will be opening soon. Located right by the 405 freeway, it will be an excellent location to catch a bus to other locations. Further down is the established Kingsgate Park and Ride lot as well.

Totem Lake also has plenty of other shopping centers and dining options nearby, so most car trips will be fairly short and local.

Totem Lake is considered by to be “extremely livable” with super high scores of A+ for both amenities and crime, B+ for housing, a solid B for education and weather and a slight dip of B- for employment. The only low score was given in the area of cost of living which scored an F.

As for the area’s schools, says that Juanita High School (10601 NE 132nd) is “far above” the state average in the area of college and career readiness. The high school also scores high in the area of test scores. Juanita Elementary School (9635 NE 132nd) and Kamiakin Junior High School (14111 132nd Ave. NE) are both ranked fairly high when it comes to test scores.

Local parks include the beautiful McAuliffe Park (10824 NE 116th St.) that feature historic landmarks that date back to the late 1800’s. The park includes a 40-foot tall windmill, well-maintained ponds and fountains, a playground, forested areas as well as an open lawn area, picnic tables and more. The Juanita Bay Park (2201 Market St.) is an urban wildlife habitat with interpretive trails and boardwalks, wetlands, a creek and open lawn areas. The park is complete with picnic tables, benches, restrooms and more. Forbes Creek Park (11615 NE 106th Lane) features tennis courts, a basketball court, a children’s play area and plenty of space for picnics. Many of the area’s parks feature great trails to hike, bike and run along and dog lovers will appreciate Jasper’s Dog Park (11225 NE 120th St.,) which provides off-leash fun for Fido. The only downside here is that the park does not have its own parking.

Local favorite restaurant choices include Ken Zaburo Sushi Bar & Asian Grill (12413 NE 124th St.) where the owners aim to make guest feel like part of the family enjoying a variety of Chinese and Thai dishes. The Santa Fe Mexican Grill (12709 NE 124th St.) offers up a large menu of food and beverage option with reasonable prices to match. The Lucky 7 Sports Bar & Restaurant (12715 NE 124th St.) has been a favorite of locals since 1989. The bar features 20 different beers on tap, billiard tables and large screen TVs to watch the big game.

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Troy Anderson

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