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
Inglewood Finn Hill
Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the Inglewood-Finn Hill neighborhood has one of the higher rankings found on AreaVibes.com with a A+ for amenities, an A- for housing (the median home value is 65% higher here than in Washington), an A for crime (crimes are 38% lower here than in Washington), a B+ for Education (11% higher than Washington) and a B for employment (the median household income is 50% higher than Washington). The only negative school given to the neighborhood is an F for the cost of living as it is more expensive to live here (36% higher) than other places in Washington.
Inglewood-Finn Hill is a great place for families. The International Community School (11133 Ne 65th St, Kirkland WA, 98033) is the #1 ranked school in Kirkland and #5 out of 2427 in Washington state. This is followed by Northstar Middle School (10903 NE 53rd St, Kirkland WA, 98033) is ranked #2 in Kirkland and #7 in the state and Discovery School (12801 84th Ne, Kirkland WA, 98034) is ranked #3 in Kirkland and #56 for the state. In fact, many of the schools in Kirkland are ranked high. Giving points from 1 to 10, GreatSchools.org ranks many of the Kirkland schools with a 9 or 10. In addition, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology is also located in Kirkland, Cascadia Community College the University of Washington Bothell Campus is about three miles away. Other nearby colleges include the main University of Washington Seattle campus, the Seattle, Shoreline and Edmonds community colleges.
Inglewood-Finn Hill is considered a car-dependent neighborhood according to Walkscore.com. Out of a possible 100 points, it scored just 20 and the transit score is 21 meaning that most of all errands will require the use of a car.
Local parks in this neighborhood include the O.O. Denny Park and the 220-acre multi-use Big Finn Hill Park. The grounds offer ballfields, a play area, picnic shelter and trails that wind through the forest. This is very popular with mountain bikers and dog walkers. The trails also connect to the one from Saint Edwards State Park where it is not unheard of to spot sightings of deer, owls, hawks and eagles.
According to City-Data.com, this neighborhood is home to some 2,000 restaurants. Some of the most popular include Sluggers, the Original Sports Bar (12506 NE 144th St., Kirkland, WA 98034). While sports enthusiasts will feel at home here with the restaurants four big screens and 23 TVs, it is also a welcome respite for those just wanting a comfortable place to dine and relax.
Plaza Garcia Family Mexican (12108 Juanita Dr. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034) prides themselves for customizing each meal served to each individual who comes through their doors.
Those who enjoy traditional Italian food will want to visit Café Juanita (9702 NE 120th Pl., Kirkland, WA 98034) Chef Holly Smith showcases her love and cuisine from Northern Italy using the freshest Pacific Northwest ingredients. The menu here changes frequently as well and the meals are paired with a comparable wine program.
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