Welcome to Kirkland
Community-centered waterfront suburb with an abundance of parks
Located north of Bellevue, Kirkland was once famous for being the "hub of the eastside.” Popular with commuters thanks to its ferry system, it made it easy for people to travel to and from Seattle. The ferries are no longer in use, but Kirkland’s reputation still stands, and many residents continue making their regular commute to Seattle while enjoying the quieter, family-friendly way of life in Kirkland.
Famous for its waterfront views and hip downtown area, Kirkland might be a big place, but the tight-knit community gives it a smaller, more intimate feel. Residents frequently gather for special events and philanthropic projects. Over the years, Kirkland has developed into a happening spot, drawing in a wide variety of businesses, restaurants, and attractions.
What to Love
- Waterfront views
- Excellent schools
- Lots of parks and trails
- Great wineries
People & Lifestyle
Kirkland attracts a diverse array of residents, partly because it offers 13 diverse neighborhoods, each with a distinctive vibe. Residents can live in a place that best represents their ideal environment. Younger people tend to flock to the Market neighborhood because it's close to Kirkland's downtown area and nightlife, while families and the older crowd like the more secluded neighborhoods with multiple parks.
North Rose Hill is the largest of the districts, while Lakeview offers the best views of Lake Washington. Juanita resides on the beach and has the most well-developed community with multiple restaurants and small businesses. Additional neighborhoods include Finn Hill, Everest, Highlands, Norkirk, Houghton, and South Rose Hill.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
One of the best things about living in Kirkland is its proximity to dozens of top-tier restaurants. Whether you prefer dining by the waterfront, kid-friendly or dog-friendly atmospheres, cozy coffee shops, or intimate bars and pubs, Kirkland has something for everyone.
Waterfront eateries like the Woodmark Hotel's recently revamped Beach Café and Anthony's HomePort serve fresh seafood and seasonal dishes while you enjoy the scenic view. Feast and Cafe Juanita are great French and Italian fine-dining options, while the Flatstick Pub serves craft beers in a relaxed environment where dogs are welcome!
After dinner, stroll down the waterfront in the walkable downtown area home to dozens of shops.
Another benefit to living in Kirkland is its abundance of wine-themed shops like The Grape Choice and its proximity to several fruitful wineries home to ripe, verdant vineyards. Schedule a tour or visit the Columbia and Mark Ryan Wineries in neighboring Woodinville Wine Country.
For shopping, residents frequent Kirkland Urban, an open-air shopping center with a mixture of retailers, restaurants, and a movie theater.
Things to Do
Kirkland's waterfront is one of its main attractions, which is why there are so many water-related recreational activities available to residents. Cruises, parasailing, surfing, and paddle surfing are all popular pastimes in Kirkland.
Argosy Cruises take guests out on glittering Lake Washington to learn about its fascinating history and view some of the immaculate estates perched right on the water in Kirkland and Bellevue.
As parks make up 25% of the area in Kirkland, there are dozens throughout the town. Juanita Beach and Juanita Bay Park are two of the most popular. Bird-watchers enjoy the abundance of untouched wilderness, and nature-lovers can observe the preserved wetlands at Juanita Bay. Runners like to walk and jog on the many trails meandering through the sprawling acres.
Since Kirkland is a family-friendly town, there are plenty of places hosting activities geared toward children, like the Pump It Up Play Area. Host a party there, and your kid will be the talk of their friend group! Elsewhere, FrogLegs Culinary Academy is a fun, ingenious way to cultivate a passion for cooking in your child or teen. Adults are welcome to join in and take classes, too!
Kirkland is serviced by the Lake Washington School District alongside Redmond, Woodinville, and several other neighboring communities. Highlights include:
- Juanita High School (public, 9-12)
- Lake Washington High School (public, 9-12)
- Eastside Preparatory School (private, 5-12)
- Puget Sound Adventist Academy (private, 9-12)
- Environmental and Adventure Jr. High School (public, 6-8)
- International Community School (public, 6-12)
- B.E.S.T. High School (public, 9-12)