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In King County, about a dozen miles from the core of Seattle, are a collection of active, affluent bedroom communities that offer waterfront lifestyles, small-town charm, upscale shops, wineries, craft breweries, restaurants, golf courses, historic and scenic rail lines, local and state parks and trails, and an abundance of recreation. This area is known as Northshore.
One of the things that the Northshore communities share in common is great respect for public, private, and higher education. The communities’ public education systems share the highly-acclaimed, award-winning Northshore School District.
The Northshore School District produces some of the highest GPA averages, earning its place among one of Washington’s best school districts. Residents of the Northshore communities value education, helping build the foundations for ample extra-curricular and athletic activities.
The areas of Northshore are also peppered with highly reputable parochial and secular private schools.
Hugging Lake Washington’s northern shores the city of Bothell, a waterfront community that consistently earns its place among the top twenty places to live. The area offers many shopping destinations, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, craft breweries, art, entertainment, parks, trails, recreation, and puts on various festivals and special events.
The city is also home to the University of Washington-Bothell, and Cascade Community College.
Bothell’s location, sandwiched between Bellevue to the east, and Seattle to the west, allows easy access to Lake Washington’s east side and west side.
Bothell spans approximately 14 miles, straddling the King County and Snohomish County lines, and is home to about 46,657 residents. The median annual household income in Bothell is roughly $96,012, significantly higher than the Washington median household income of about $70,979.
In Bothell, the stately homes, neatly tucked in a blanket of mature, colorful trees, hold median values of about $522,712, also above the state’s median home values of around $339,000.
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Kenmore, Washington is an active waterfront community teaming with activity on Lake Washington, featuring picturesque marinas, waterside parks, and the country’s largest commercial sea-plane only passenger facility of its kind, Kenmore Air Harbor.
The area is full of activities and entertainment in addition to water sports, including the Englewood Golf Club, the Burke-Gilman Trail, a slew of shops, restaurants, and craft breweries, and Saint Edward State Park.
St. Edward State Park is a breath-taking former seminary turned modern-day state park spanning 326 acres, including 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along Lake Washington. For recreation, St. Edward State Park offers water activities like boating, freshwater fishing, swimming, water skiing, and watercraft fun.
There, there are also areas for mountain biking, bicycling, hiking, and equestrian trails. And, there’s a big toy playground for the little ones to enjoy.
Kenmore is also home to Bastyr University, an alternative medicine university with programs that include Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition, midwifery, psychology, and more.
Woodinville spans 6.17 square miles in Washington’s 98028 zip code and is home to about 22,867 residents.
Kenmore’s annual median household income is about $103,309, and median home values are around $598,809.
Woodinville is often referred to as Washington’s wine country, featuring grapes harvested from the state’s eastern portion. The community is nestled amidst densely wooded areas along the Sammamish River.
Woodinville is proud of its proximity to higher education within a short distance from Cascadia Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the University of Washington at Bothell, and Bellevue Community College.
But the community knows how to have fun, too! Engage in a wine tasting tour, exploring the area’s 100 plus wineries, visit the distilleries, enjoy a hot air balloon ride to float over the scenic valley, or pamper yourself at Willow’s Lodge award-winning resort.
Approximately 11,997 residents are enjoying the relaxed lifestyle offered by Woodinville. Woodinville’s annual median household income is about $109,456, and median home values are around $690,050.
The affluent lifestyles in Northshore offer beautiful views, lush landscapes, and an endless selection of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone, year-round.
Community members appreciate and support the spectacular school system that has earned a remarkable reputation as one of the state’s best districts. And, there are several options for public and private higher education in and around Northshore.
When not working hard or studying hard, residents living in the Northshore area play hard, enjoying hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, water sports, shopping, dining, wine-tasting, and more.
When you’re looking for a comfortable lifestyle with the benefits of waterfront living, consider moving to Northshore.