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Located on the eastern shores of Lake Washington is the charming city of Kirkland. Kirkland is an impressive blend of exquisite dining, art galleries, water recreation, and boutique shopping – but it wasn’t always that way. Peter Kirk, the founder of the city, envisioned creating a “Pittsburgh of the West” on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. The city started off as a steel-manufacturing city and later became a shipbuilding city. By 1940 World War II war ships were being produced. The city’s focus and industry is much different now, but its rich history provides an interesting flare to the city that’s abounding with waterfront parks and beaches.

The city is now home to a Google campus and is located relatively close to a number of large companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing. The median age here is 38 years old, making it a hub of professionals with growing families.

The community here is continually growing and expanding. Exciting things are happening currently with the development of Kirkland Urban, a 1,175,000 square feet community-based space that is going to include an expanded QFC and space for retail, restaurants and bars, a movie theater, a health club, and a multi-family residential space. Kirkland Urban’s goal is to support a round-the-clock lifestyle and to encourage interaction, connection, and opportunity. First phase of development is slated for completion in November 2018.

Population: 84,430
Average list price: $699,950
Median sales price: $562,000
Median household income: $92,127
School rating: A-
Colleges/Universities: Northwest University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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