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Kirkland is THE place to LIVE

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I love living and working in Kirkland. In Kirkland the waterfront is breathtaking year-round, the parks provide a water-color visual, and the charming, family friendly downtown Marina Park asks to be explored. Kirkland is centrally located about 5 minutes from Bellevue and 15 minutes east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington. From any of it's many beaches you can see world famous landmarks (Space Needle and Seattle skyline) and Husky Stadium. Sleepless in Seattle houseboats are only a quick 5 minute boatride away. Kirkland is laid back and welcoming of all peoples.

Whether you're a life-long resident or looking live here a few years, any time lived in Kirkland is time well lived. Small shops, world class art galleries and delicious restaurants are all here. Enjoy Kirkland, where life is truly enjoyed.


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Population in July 2010: 49,556. Population change since 2000: +7.8%

Males: 23,624   (48.7%)
Females: 24,932   (51.3%)
Median resident age:   36.1 years
Washington median age:   35.3 years

Zip codes: 98033, 98034, 98083.

Kirkland Zip Code Map

Estimated median household income in 2010: $76,437 (it was $60,332 in 2000)






Estimated per capita income in 2010: $43,676

Kirkland city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $388,219 (it was $266,400 in 2000)







Kirkland's History


In 1886, Peter Kirk auctioned off his property and manor in England and headed to America to make a fortune. He ended up the Pacific NW. Enchanted by the water, he found Seattle and Lake Washington. It was the perfect place to build a steel town to support a mill - calling it the "Pittsburgh of the West".

The mill eventually went under but the city survived tough times by becoming a ship building town with the construction of ferries. Kirkland was the first city on the "Eastside" in 1888 and was incorporated in 1905.





Kirkland is ALL Parks - most of them on the water and Kirkland residents use them year round.

Juanita Bay Park
2201 Market Street
Open all year, dawn to dusk
Find out more

Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza
Open all year
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Peter Kirk Park
202 Third Street
Park area open all year
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Houghton Beach Park
5811 Lake Washington Boulevard
Open all year, dawn to dusk
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David E. Brink Park
555 Lake Street South
Open all year, dawn to dusk
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Kirkland Skate Court
Peter Kirk Park
202 3rd Street
Fine out more



Beyond the outdoor life, the essence in Kirkland lies with the city’s many cafés, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Northwest seafood, little wonder, is prevalent, with preparations as varied as the chefs, who herald from all over the world. The opportunies to dine al fresco with lake views seem endless.

Here are a few of my faves:

Beach Cafe
1170 Carillon Point
(425) 889-0303

Anthony's Restaurant $$$
Pacific NW Seafood
135 Lake Street South
(425) 822-0225

Cactus Restaurant $$
Southwest cuisine
121 Park Lane
(425) 893-9799

Caffe Rococo
Coffee roaster and café
136 Park Lane
(425) 803-9081

The Original Pancake House
130 Parkplace Center
(425) 827-7575

Purple Café and Wine Bar $$–$$$
American and Mediterranean cuisine
323 Parkplace Center 
(425) 828-3772

Rikki Rikki
442 Parkplace Center
(425) 828-0707


The Lay of the Land: Town Map

Kirkland consists of several neighborhoods; ranging from Redmond on the eastside running west to the waterfront. Rose Hill, Downtown, West of Market, East of Market, Houghton, Juanita and Bridle Trails are all lovely neighborhoods and within seconds of main arterials, beaches, shopping, and schools

Kirkland Map.pdf

West of Market Brochure.pdf

Neighborhood Boundary Map. pdf

Kirkland has a very strong sense of community. Here is a link to all Neighborhood Services in Kirkland:

Kirkland Neighborhoods and Services




The Lake Washingtin School District and community work hand in hand to educate children. Lake Washington School District is fortunate to have strong community support in many forms, including volunteer participation, partnerships and funding.

See How Kirkland Schools Rate at

Click Here to access the Lake Washington School District website which services Kirkland.  

Lake Washington School District Map. pdf

OR access school information (such as WASL scores, teacher ratings, classroom size and more) for a specific property by searching via the HBM website on the Search for Homes page on this site.  


Favorite Kirkland Links and Info

Of course I may be biased but I'm pretty fond of The Real Kirkland blog for the Kirkland Reporter.

But since I think I should list some resources that I'm not personally responsible for, here are the best of the best for Kirkland!

City Data:

Kirkland Reporter Newspaper:

Official City Website:


News and Events: