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Old 11-11-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I''m considering a move to the Seattle area and have started to narrow down to the Issaquah area. If you live in the area, what do you think of Issaquah?

What neighborhoods would you consider in Issaquah? I'm looking for neighborhoods that are family-friendly with other kids of elementary school age and opportunities to play in parks and get out on bikes. We would like to have a reasonable sized flat yard. We've been looking at the South Lake Sammamish areas around South Cove and Klahanie on the Plateau. Issaquah Highlands seems too densely packed. Any feedback on specific elementary and middle schools? Ideal school would have a more community-oriented environment.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Klahanie would be a great choice, as would any place in Sammamish, but with the Klahanie location you are closer to the freeway access and prices are a little better. The development has really nice parks, trails, and member swimming pools. The schools are all good. All of the above apply also to South Cove, but it's going to be a lot more expensive, less of a family feel
but even better access to I90 without steep hills.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Klahanie, Pine Lake area (Stoneledge, Pinelake Estates, Pennington, Autumn Meadows, etc...any of the neighborhoods up and down Pine Lake Rd, 212th, 20th St), Beaver Lake area (Pine Hill, The Laurels, any neighborhoods surrounding the lake)...all would be great. Not sure what your budget is but I also like High Country and Tibbetts Station. You cannot go wrong with the schools on the Plateau in those areas. They are all fantastic and are very community oriented with involved parents. You can find the school feeder patterns for elementary and middle school on the Issaquah School District website.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:40 PM
 
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Klahanie would be a great choice, as would any place in Sammamish, but with the Klahanie location you are closer to the freeway access and prices are a little better. The development has really nice parks, trails, and member swimming pools. The schools are all good. All of the above apply also to South Cove, but it's going to be a lot more expensive, less of a family feel
but even better access to I90 without steep hills.
Would you say that South Cove now has fewer kids?
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:56 PM
 
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Would you say that South Cove now has fewer kids?
South Cove has plenty of kids, and is noted for it's family friendliness.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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I agree on South Cove. IRA is that Sunset Elementary? If so, I think the matriculation pattern is then to Pacific Cascade MS and Issaquah HS. All great schools. You'd be fine there.

http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/docum...0.pdf?dord=197
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. Any reason to choose one over the other (Klahanie or South Cove)?
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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I don't think so. They do matriculate to different schools but generally all Issaquah Schools are very good. Both are older neighborhoods and can have houses that have been kept up and houses that haven't. South Cove is closer to the city so any commute in would be a bit less but Klahanie has its own shopping center with a few restaurants that you could walk to or bike to. Also has a year around pool which is a rarity out here. We looked there (our second choice house was in Klahanie) but ended up in the Pine Lake area which we love. Nothing wrong with Klahanie though. You might also consider The Trossachs. A newer version of Klahanie.

Is there a reason you are limiting yourself to those two areas? Have you seen them?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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I don't think so. They do matriculate to different schools but generally all Issaquah Schools are very good. Both are older neighborhoods and can have houses that have been kept up and houses that haven't. South Cove is closer to the city so any commute in would be a bit less but Klahanie has its own shopping center with a few restaurants that you could walk to or bike to. Also has a year around pool which is a rarity out here. We looked there (our second choice house was in Klahanie) but ended up in the Pine Lake area which we love. Nothing wrong with Klahanie though. You might also consider The Trossachs. A newer version of Klahanie.

Is there a reason you are limiting yourself to those two areas? Have you seen them?
I've seen houses to buy in both neighborhoods. We also looked into the Highlands but didn't like the congested feeling of the Highlands or the small lots. Any other neighborhoods that you think we should consider? Are The Trossachs in Issaquah or Sammamish? We're looking for a community with a strong sense of community and families with younger kids.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:25 AM
 
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I've seen houses to buy in both neighborhoods. We also looked into the Highlands but didn't like the congested feeling of the Highlands or the small lots. Any other neighborhoods that you think we should consider? Are The Trossachs in Issaquah or Sammamish? We're looking for a community with a strong sense of community and families with younger kids.
The Trossachs are in the southeast corner of Sammamish, with Issaquah schools.
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