jQuery Isotope remains the best script to filter and sort elements in various layouts like grids, masonry and responsive layouts. A missing feature is the ability to sort these layouts via a URL hash and you can fill in this blank with the following snippet.
In our example, the Isotope container is '.container' and the isotope items being filtered are denoted by '.item'. A live example of a URL hash being passed to Isotope would be: -
In the client example above Classes are filtered by region when a parameter is passed to Isotope via the URL hash. Here we found it useful to set a delay on the Isotope filter as live Google maps needed to be fully loaded and to do this simply wrap the Isotope URL Filter in a jQuery delay script.