West of Market Community Info –
Kirkland’s historic Market neighborhood is a friendly, walkable community nestled along the shoreline of Lake Washington and adjacent to downtown Kirkland. Its residents enjoy their proximity to the lake and the magnificent views beyond. Waverly Way offers both pedestrian and bicycle routes along the tree-lined street. West of Market offers a prestigious address and yet is so close to the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. The neighborhood’s five parks are within walking distance offering a variety of multi-use recreation opportunities for residents. From the open rolling grasses of Heritage Park to the waterfront beaches at Kiwanis and Waverly Beach Park, the hidden gem of a park at Lake Ave West or the wetland preserve at Juanita Bay Park there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The area surrounding the intersection of Market Street and 7th Avenue is a reminder of Kirkland’s past with its historic buildings from the 1890s as well as street lights and other improvements that reflect its historic character. This area was to be the original downtown of Kirkland and is still a focal point for the City’s history. Well landscaped buffers and architectural treatments provide a smooth transition between Market Street and the homes in the neighborhood. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools.
The West of Market neighborhood is part of the City of Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 people fortunate to have a charming downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington. Kirkland’s proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the rest of the Eastside. It has so much to offer residents and visitors: the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. Over 21,000 trees lining the streets, and are abundant in Kirkland’s parks and private landscapes.