Kirkland

Kirkland
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Kirkland, a community of over 84,000 people, is fortunate to have a vibrant downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington.  Its proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside.  Kirkland has so much to offer residents and visitors:  the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. The charm of Kirkland, combined with readily available urban amenities, makes Kirkland an excellent city to reside in. Kirkland was named one of the Best Overall Neighborhoods by Seattle Magazine. Check out our Kirkland video.

Kirkland’s economy features a robust mix of corporate headquarters, light industrial, small business and tech which support 37,000 jobs. It’s innovative atmosphere, along with several commercial districts in Downtown, Carillon Point, the new Kirkland Urban, and the Village at Totem Lake have enticed internationally recognized companies like Google and Inrix to the city. The luxurious Heathman Hotel in the downtown core and The Woodmark Hotel at the water’s edge on Carillon Point are scrumptious places to unwind.

Thirteen distinct residential neighborhood areas, each with its own unique character, make up the City of Kirkland. Each neighborhood possesses a healthy, active neighborhood association. Kirkland enjoys numerous city parks, open markets and community events. The tree canopy throughout the City of Kirkland encompasses over 21,000 trees lining the city’s streets.  Kirkland’s neighborhoods include Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, Lakeview, Market, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Rose Hill, and Totem Lake. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Kirkland community.


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Kirkland-Lakeview

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The Lakeview neighborhood, located in the southwest section of Kirkland, is nestled next to Lake Washington, offering some of the most magical lake views on the Eastside. Residents will enjoy spending time outdoors. They can put their kayaks into the lake at Houghton Beach Park, fish at Marsh, jog or walk on the local trails and sidewalks that connect parks, or shoot hoops at Terrace Park. The walk to Downtown Kirkland is a beautiful stroll from Carillion Point toward the Marina. The Lakeview Neighborhood Association is an active group with a Meetup webpage, email communication and bi monthly meetings to engage neighbors and provide information.

Numerous city parks, open markets and community events add to the quality of life residents have grown to enjoy. The ambiance of a small waterfront town, combined with readily available urban amenities such as alfresco restaurants, makes Kirkland an excellent city to reside in! The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. The Lakeview neighborhood is home to Carillon Point and the luxurious Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa.

Kirkland’s neighborhoods include Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, LakeviewMarket, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Rose Hill, and Totem Lake. These 13 distinct residential neighborhoods possess active neighborhood associations, each with its own unique character that adds to the small town feel of Kirkland.


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Kirkland Parks and Open Spaces

Kirkland Parks and Open Spaces

City of Kirkland Parks and Trails Overview

Bridle Trails State Park  Sometimes called “the wilderness in the city,” this day use park is a popular Seattle area destination. The 482 acre park is known for its riding trails, summer weekend horse shows, and music events. Bridle Trails Park Foundations’ annual Party in the Park is a community favorite. A state Discover Pass is required for parking on site. Features include 28 Miles of horse and hiking trails, a 1.6-mile-long self-guided interpretive trail, and a picnic area

Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail  The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) interim trail is a ten-foot-wide, 5.75-mile crushed gravel trail that runs from the South Kirkland Park & Ride, at the City’s southern boundary, north through the Totem Lake Business District. It’s part of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor, which runs from Renton to Snohomish. The Kirkland trail opened in early 2015 and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bike riders. It connects users to schools, parks, eight of the city’s 13 neighborhoods, two of its major transportation hubs, and three business districts. The CKC embodies Kirkland’s vision of being a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.

Marina Park, located at 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Marina Park is open year round. Its downtown Kirkland locale, close to restaurants and shops, make it a popular destination. The park features a sandy beach, lawn and picnic tables and memorial benches, restrooms, outdoor sculptures (Puddle jumpers, the Home Coming, Bicentennial Fountain), and stunning Lake Washington and Seattle views. Its open-air pavilion is center stage for summer concerts and special events like the city’s Independence Day Celebration and Kirkland Uncorked, Summer Concert Series and Summerfest. The Marina Park dock has moorage with 60+ slips, a tour dock and boat-launch.

Peter Kirk Park is most known for its lit up Lee Johnson field, Peter Kirk Park offers something for everyone. Located in the core of Kirkland, the park is adjacent to the Kirkland Transit Center, performing arts center, library, teen center, and community center. Wireless internet access, children’s playground, skate court, basketball court, tennis courts, pathways, picnic tables, benches, open lawn areas, Peter Kirk pool (seasonal), public art, restrooms, and a parking garage are some of its many features.

Heritage Park is an icon on Market Street in Kirkland, Heritage Hall is on the historic landmarks registry and its adjacent park grounds offer interpretive displays, trails, open lawn areas, tennis courts, benches, and small climbing rocks.

Houghton Beach Park, located at 5811 Lake Washington Boulevard, is open year round. The park is nestled between Carillon Point and downtown Kirkland along Lake Washington Boulevard. In addition to providing perfect respite for joggers, Houghton Beach is also a pleasurable walking destination from downtown Kirkland with its world-class views of Seattle and Lake Washington. Its popular with sports enthusiasts as it features a swimming beach, kayak put-in and beach volleyball court.  The 75 foot dock is perfect for fishing. This park includes 900 lineal feet of waterfront and sandy beach for those who want to splash in the water, or swim, on hot summer days. Other park amenities: picnic tables, a playground, benches, grassy area and public restrooms. 

Waverly Beach Park is a waterfront park with an enclosed swimming area and public boat dock, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, children’s playground, open lawn area, enclosed swimming area, and a windsurfing area with stunning Seattle views..

Juanita Beach Park includes a public beach with enclosed swimming area and seasonal life guards on duty, picnic tables, children’s playground, public dock, beach volleyball, seasonal restrooms, outdoor showers, and changing rooms, lighted tennis courts, little league ball fields, access to Juanita Creek, open lawn areas, and horseshoe pits.

Marsh Park, located at 6605 Lake Washington Blvd NE, is a fine lakeside park accessible via sidewalk and includes a small parking area and ample street parking.  Visitors can picnic, fish, sunbath, take dip in the lake – or just drink in the view of the sparkling lake vista, with Seattle and Olympic Mountains beyond, as the sun sets.  The 4+ acre park includes public restrooms, benches, picnic tables, a dock, grassy areas, chess tables and 575 lineal feet of shoreline.

Terrace Park, located in the northeast corner of the Lakeview neighborhood, is a simple park with a basketball layup court, playground, benches and a spacious grassy area for Frisbee, a flag football game or to play with your dog. There is ample parking at the park, and it’s easy to assess on foot as well.

Yarrow Bay Wetlands, located at NE Points Dr & 101st Way NE, encompasses Evergreen Point, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point as they meet up with Lake Washington.  The wetlands is over 70 acres and best explored by canoe or kayak. Put your watercraft into the lake at Houghton Beach and paddle south to reach the wetlands.  There’s a channel accessible from the lake that will allow you to paddle in and explore. The interpretive trail that accompanies the wetlands skirts apartments and condo – while it has interpretive signage and benches along the way it’s a short walk that only takes about 10 minutes.

Lake Washington

Lake Washington

Lake Washington (map) is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.

The Burke-Gilman Trail, Matthews Beach Park, Warren G. Magnuson Park, University of Washington Husky Stadium, the Washington Arboretum, and Seward Park are just a few of the Seattle-side attractions along Lake Washington. A few of the public features along the east side of the lake includes Kenmore air harbor, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland Marina, Carillon Point, Enetai Park, the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Centered in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside is Mercer Island.

The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County (see map).

The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.

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Lake Washington School District

Lake Washington School District

Lake Washington School District serves approximately 29,000 students at 31 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and 9 high schools. Its footprint covers 76 square miles and is the public school district for the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, and portions of Sammamish, Bothell and Woodinville.

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