Just east of Seattle, Kirkland’s abundance of charming shops and outdoor space offers residents a little room to breath from the cosmopolitan craziness that is Seattle. Kirkland boasts a number of local parks to take in the sunshine, various “mom and pop” restaurants that are absolutely delicious, and a community full of friendly people. The up-and-coming city of Kirkland is home to 88,000 happy residents across all ages and demographics!
(photo from ExploreKirkland)
Located on the northwest edge of Kirkland, resident Leigh Anne Lynch characterizes Kirkland as the epitome of “family-oriented fun.” With two kids of her own, she describes a quintessential afternoon as “driving kids to lots of activities” but notes that Kirkland’s convenience factor to a variety of resources like restaurants, shopping and entertainment makes it a piece of cake. And with the addition of Kirkland Urban, an open-air shopping center which will open in fall 2019, Kirkland’s shopping experiences are unlimited.
An extremely family friendly town, Kirkland exhibits a high-performing school district complete with 29 elementary schools, seven middle schools and four high schools. The Lake Washington School District is supported by nearly 15,000 volunteers annually as well as a team of extraordinary teachers and dedicated parents.
After school or work, enjoy Kirkland’s array of charismatic restaurants. The abundance of different foods and aesthetic backdrops will have you completely forgetting about Seattle’s restaurant scene and instead raving about how delicious Kirkland is! Explore all the hidden gems that Kirkland’s food industry has to offer.
Kirkland is also the place to be to shop until you drop! In addition to the upcoming Kirkland Urban that has been spurring a lot of excitement, downtown Kirkland features a bounty of delightful shops. There are all kinds of stores to look around in, including plenty of outdoors-y shops to prepare you for whatever adventure is calling your name.
(photo from KirklandUrban.com)
Joy Corbin, a resident of the Finn Hill neighborhood, states that the amazing access to local parks is her favorite thing about living in Kirkland. She explains that “not too far from [her] house you can find places to: day hike, mountain bike, leisurely bike a scenic trail, launch your kayak or SUP, play at the beach, or have your dog play at the dog park.” The boundless options for hiking, walking and biking as well as the variety of water activities bustling about will have you trying all kinds of new and fun things!
The party doesn’t stop when the sun goes down though! Downtown Kirkland has ample bars and fun places to get your groove on. Plus it’s a mere five minute walk to Lake Washington if you want to soak in some views before your night draws to a close. The summers are a hotspot for various daytime and nighttime activities such as community concerts featuring a plethora of food trucks.
(photo from KirklandWA.gov)
From afar Kirkland may seem like a typical suburban area, but you just can’t beat the proximity to and stunning views of Lake Washington. Homes go super quickly in the up-and-coming city of Kirkland, with an average list price of $1.1 million and an average size of about 2,730 sq. ft. The median home value and household income in Kirkland are both above average, while the unemployment rate is below average. These statistics indicate a thriving community that sets their sights high! Because the real estate market is changing so quickly, you want to make sure you have the right representation to guide you through the process.
For an endless list of reasons that is sure to fit into each and every lifestyle, living in Kirkland is exceptional for the families and residents that call it home.