About Kirkland

The Basics

Kirkland is a suburb of Seattle on the Eastside, just to the north of Bellevue and Highway 520. It's the original home to Costco and currently the home to Google's campus. The population was 48,787 at the 2010 census, which made it the 9th largest city in King County and the 20th largest city in the state. Effective June 1, 2011, Kirkland added approximately 33,000 residents by annexation, making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in the state.

Kirkland feels a bit like a beach town, the sea on one side, hills covered in condos and vacation homes on the other, art galleries and interesting shops everywhere you look – Replace the ocean for Lake Washington and that scene is largely reminiscent of downtown Kirkland.

Downtown Kirkland and it's surrounding neighborhoods are full of million dollar plus properties with some of the best views on the Eastside. Farther north and east the city becomes more financially accessible with smaller, more reasonably priced homes (minus the views). It has a friendly, carefree feeling and a nice sense of community. You may run into your neighbors walking their dogs on the boardwalk, sitting at a café on Lake Street, or buying local produce at the farmers market.

The area around the downtown core consists of a group of neighborhoods. To the south is Houghton; to the north, on the east side of Market Street is “East of Market” and on the west side of Market Street is, you guessed it, “West of Market”; finally, to the northeast is “The Highlands”. All of these neighborhoods really make up the core of Kirkland, the bullseye in the dartboard of a very large city. You will find an eclectic mix of home styles here, from Craftsman to Italianate to Modern – some weird, some very cool. If you are looking for a condo, Kirkland is chock-full of those too. From large, new complexes with lots of amenities to smaller complexes with a more intimate community.

To the east of this core are the neighborhoods of Rose Hill, Totem Lake and Kingsgate. These areas are comprised mainly of single family homes and suburban strip malls. The neighborhoods of Juanita, Finn Hill and Holmes Point are found to the north. Also mainly single family homes but her you can find spectacular views and waterfront properties.

Kirkland Area Neighorhoods

Houghton                                   Rose Hill                            Downtown

East of Market                            Bridle Trails                        Juanita

West of Market                           Totem Lake                        Holmes Point

Highlands                                   Kingsgate                          Finn Hill

The Schools

Kirkland is served by Lake Washington School District, one of the largest in the state. It has 31 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 8 high schools. These include the International Community School, ranked #39 on Newsweek’s 2014 America’s Best High Schools, and several “choice schools” which are small, built around themes or areas of interest and use innovative approaches to education.


Kirkland has a busy downtown core with several good restaurants, consignment shops, a small community theater and many sidewalk cafes. Trellis at the Heathman Hotel is known for its farm fresh, local ingredients. Cactus has fantastic Southwestern grub. Milagro Cantina has a great outdoor eating area as does Purple Cafe. For a special night, head up to Cafe Juanita where award winning chef Holly Smith creates some of the most amazing meals we have ever eaten. For the young or young at heart, the bar scene in Kirkland is thriving, with Wilde Rover, Hector’s, and The Lodge providing a steady stream of drinks, music and dancing to the 20 and 30-something crowd that play beach volleyball and cruise Lake Street on warm summer days.

Kirkland’s location is part of what makes it a much desired area. Google has a growing campus in Kirkland; the city is 10 minutes to Bellevue, 15 to Seattle, 15 to Microsoft. Throw in the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop on Lake Street and you have an outstanding place to live.


Kirkland is the boating capital of the Eastside. The two main marina's in Kirkland are at Carillon Point near the Houghton neighborhood and Marina Park, which is a public marina and in the downtown area. Kirkland also just completed the Cross-Kirkland Corridor, part of the Rails to Trails project that converted railroad tracks to a walk/bike path.


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