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Old 11-09-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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Hi,

I am seriously considering to move to highland area in a month.
I visited Highland area during weekend and really like the neighbor.
But my only concern is that how the traffic will be during commute hour.
Seems that there is only one way in and out to Highland and it makes me worried little bit...

I can't take a bus and driving alone to commute.

I have to be at work by 9am and have to be back home by 6pm.

Anyone who commute Issaquah highland to bellevue downtown by driving alone can give me some advice?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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I'm guessing about 30 minutes to Bellevue from Issaquah Highlands during commute time. There is another way in/out - through Sammamish - but I doubt that's easier or faster.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:35 PM
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I agree, 20 minutes off hours, 30 during commute times. Pretty easy commute with the Sunset ramp to I90 right down the hill, but two things to watch out for. That 30 MPH speed limit is enforced, with many tickets given out, and on those few snow days don't even think about trying to go to work.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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I live in the Highlands and I drive to Bellevue College each morning. Usually, I drop my son off at school (Grand Ridge) between 8:55-9:05 and I arrive at campus no earlier than 9:20, just to give you an idea. I would imagine driving to downtown, Bellevue, will require another 10-15 minutes. Traffic is rather unpredictable, some days are much worse than others. We live below the school and I've heard it's much worse for the folks who live higher up (you know, around Zeeks). If you have to be home BEFORE 6pm, you might find that easier. Traffic tends to build up, again going up past the elementary school, after 6pm.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Thank you so much everyone for quick and kind responses! It helps me a lot.

Dear Flyingsaucermom,
I think you are the perfect mom to ask couple more questions.

I also have a 1st grade son who is going to attend Grand Ridge if we move there. He needs to attend before/after school care too. Do you know that before after school program is at school spot? or do children need to go another care center?

Since the Hilglands is very compacted community, droping and picking your child by car is not hard? I mean... all parent drop their childern at the same time ... so cars are all lined up and very hard to get out etc...

By the way, How is the Grand Ridge school? It seems pretty good school based on my research...

Thank you so much.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Default about Grand Ridge

Thank you so much everyone for quick and kind responses! It helps me a lot.

Dear Flyingsaucermom,
I think you are the perfect mom to ask couple more questions.

I also have a 1st grade son who is going to attend Grand Ridge if we move there. He needs to attend before/after school care too. Do you know that before after school program is at school spot? or do children need to go another care center?

Since the Hilglands is very compacted community, droping and picking your child by car is not hard? I mean... all parent drop their childern at the same time ... so cars are all lined up and very hard to get out etc...

By the way, How is the Grand Ridge school? It seems pretty good school based on my research...

Thank you so much.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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Yes, tons of young families are moving here (we moved here in February). The school is great, as are many of the Issaquah schools. There is a HUGE problem with overcapacity. For example, the full day kindergarteners are bussed to two other elementary schools. My son is part of this group. I am mostly at home so it has been okay, but it would be harder if I had a normal work week schedule. Undoubtedly, things will change next year. In fact the superintendent is hosting a meeting on the 20th to discuss the problem with Grand Ridge parents. I have heard by rumor that they will be redistricting the Highlands. Supposedly, all the children (all grades) that live below 10th Ave (which includes any new development and Forrest Ridge) will be bused to other schools, specifically, I heard Clark Elementary. This will be upsetting, but absolutely necessary. So if you want your child to attend GR, be sure to rent/buy an existing home. The school offers before/after school program called the Grizzly Club, however each day there are probably a dozen minibus outside the front that take kids to various childcare centers in Issaquah, your standard issues like Children Academy and KinderCare. You are correct about the drop off. It's difficult. It did get a little better this year because there is a new road that opened up behind the school that parents are using, but again, there are a lot of people living up there now. I like where I am living because I avoid most of it (I live off of Katsura).
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks a lot! It is huge help.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Sorry to hijack your thread but flyingsaucermom, is it only the lower homes that might be bussed out? I'm looking at moving up to the top part of IH on NE Harrison Dr, Grand Ridge Dr, etc. I am planning to move out there in early 2014 (so about a year and a half from now) when more of the supporting elements are in place (safeway, movie theaters, etc.).

I like Grand Ridge as the school looks like it has nice facilities and the community overall looks good.

I also like the area a lot but some of those lower streets were a bit tight (one car needs to pull over if another car is coming your way).
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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I think their intention is to send students occupying new development to other schools as opposed to the students in established parts of the community, including the estate homes that you might be interested in. It just makes sense from the district's point of view. It'll be effective, more efficient to reroute the students right on either side of Highlands Dr instead of going up into the neighborhood. I will say that I'm just as happy with Challenger Elementary as I am with Grand Ridge, though, the campus is not nearly as beautiful and shiny new
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