Welcome to Kenmore
Puget Sound’s best-kept secret, Kenmore is a commuter town with a strong business core
Along the northernmost shore of Lake Washington in King County resides the suburban Kenmore community. Close to both Seattle and Bothell, it is a commutable town connected to nearby cities via the Burke-Gilman Trail and State Route 522. One of Kenmore's most significant points of interest is the Kenmore Air Harbor, the largest seaplane-only facility of its kind in the entire United States.
Since it rests in the middle of several bustling cities, Kenmore is formally known as a commuter town or a bedroom suburb. It's an access point leading to many neighboring cities and communities by highway, trail, or even seaplane. While a mostly urban community composed of family-friendly neighborhoods and an award-winning school system, Kenmore is also surrounded by the great outdoors. Considered one of Puget Sound's best-kept secrets, Kenmore is a peaceful, gorgeous place to live.
What to Love
- Award-winning schools
- Family-friendly neighborhoods
- Waterfront views
- Access to Lake Washington
- Easy commute to Seattle
- Strong local businesses
People & Lifestyle
Comprising multiple distinct neighborhoods, Kenmore is home to many families and small-business owners. Among the multitude of communities within the city are the historic Arrowhead, Inglewood, Lower Moorlands, Linwood Heights, Upper Moorlands, and Central Kenmore, which is considered the commercial core. Northlake Terrace is a mixture of residential and commercial, while Northern Kenmore is one of the most scenic neighborhoods, offering views of the Cascade Mountains.
Kenlake Vista, Kenmore Terrace, Uplake Terrace, and Northshore Summit round out the residential suburban areas. In terms of demographics, most residents are employed by local small businesses or Bastyr University. Multi-generational companies like Kenmore Air, Kenmore Camera, and Plywood Supply make up a great deal of the workforce.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The recently renovated and revitalized historic downtown district of Bothell is one of the main places to shop, dine, and be entertained if you're a Kenmore resident. Beyond that, Kenmore is relatively quiet in terms of commercialized businesses, but there are many fantastic restaurants in the area.
Healthy food options include Cafe Hodgepodge, a grounded neighborhood eatery serving fresh ingredients like their caprese appetizers and stuffed hoagies dripping with your choice of meats and veggies. For dessert, you must try their fresh donuts with whipped cream and jelly. Sri Uma Thai is a Thai restaurant that's also vegan-friendly.
Jay's Cafe is a local breakfast hotspot serving pancakes the size of your plate and other comfort foods. The milkshakes are always extra creamy, and kids love their assortment of pancake and waffle flavors.
In celebration of Kenmore's trademark seaplane facility, dine at the modern Seaplane Kitchen & Bar. The aviation-themed restaurant makes everything from scratch and serves elevated pub fare alongside craft beer and cocktails.
Things to Do
Surrounded by wilderness and incredible parks, Kenmore is home to numerous outdoor havens for recreation and family fun. Saint Edwards State Park is one of the most popular. The 316-acre park boasts one of the state's best playgrounds and allows dogs as long as they remain on a leash.
At Saint Edward's, residents can attend the Kenmore Summer Concert Series beginning in July. For five weeks, the park hosts free, diverse concerts on Thursday nights. In the spring, Kenmore hosts an annual egg hunt for families, and on Independence Day, Log Boom Park has hosted a spectacular fireworks display since 2006.
Other local parks include Linwood, Wallace Swamp Creek, and Moorlands. The Burke-Gilman trail system also runs through Kenmore and is excellent for biking and jogging. Creatives will love the Kenmore Art Show. Artists from all over the Pacific Northwest come together to share their creations and exhibit them to the public.
The Northshore School District provides a world-class education to Kenmore, Woodinville, Bothell, and other areas of the Snohomish and King county residencies.
- Inglemoor High School (public, 10-12)
- Kenmore Middle School (public, 7-9)
- Northshore Middle School (public, 6-8)
- Arrowhead Elementary (public, PK-6)
- Lockwood Elementary (public, PK-6)
- Kenmore Elementary (public, PK-6)
- Moorlands Elementary (public, PK-6)
In terms of secondary education, Kenmore is home to Bastyr University, the largest university for natural health, arts, and sciences in the United States. Bastyr is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine and leads the field with cutting-edge research and training.
The Bothell campus of the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College are also nearby.