That said, I'd like to ask a follow-up:
Are there 'polished' neighborhoods (i.e. not rundown, well-manicured, nice looking shopping centers, not a lot of vacant shops, etc)?
Thank you in advance for your answers and for your patience with my existing impressions (I'm here to find the truth).
There are some nice houses, a nice mix of apartments, some condos, good commercial, great access to services and medical care . . . what's wrong with it, again?
Kingsgate is in the Lake Washington school district, sports a Kirkland address, is a somewhat affordable price range, is close to Evergreen Hospital and surrounding medical facilities.
So that you can get some free information, go to http://www.buyandsellseattlerealestate.com , search the 98034 zip code, which is the zip code for the Kingsgate area and you can see properties for sale. Click on the Market Insider tab and you will be able to see demographics, school reports, market statistics, and crime statistics. This may be all you need to make your own decision about the desirability of the Kingsgate area.
You can also drive through the area and get our own feel for it.
Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions after you view the reports.
If you need more information feel free to contact me at any time.
Best of luck!
Why? I lived in Kingsgate many years ago and enjoyed it. Good shopping nearby, I love the Pizza Bank. The commute may be an issue depending on where you want to go, but it's really not much worse than many other places.
The schools are good, so I guess I don't understand your question.
Home prices in Kingsgate are lower than many parts of Kirkland, so it could be a great place. I guess it will depend on what you are looking for.