Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront community with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining and boutique shopping. Home to the only downtown on Lake Washington, Kirkland also has the most guest moorage on Lake Washington, and has more waterfront parks and beaches than any other city in the Puget Sound region.
Kirkland is sophisticated with award winning wineries, restaurants and a diverse repertoire of events, yet it maintains a small town feel removed from the big city living. In 2014, Money Magazine ranked Kirkland the #5 best place to live in America.
The city is home to a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as high tech, aerospace and medical technology companies. Google, Go Daddy, Astronics, INRIX, and iSoftStone all have offices in Kirkland.
As well as nurturing businesses, downtown Kirkland welcomes new residents with a range of housing options. Condominiums, many new and with prime views, populate downtown and the waterfront. Near downtown, neighborhoods such as Rose Hill offer older homes.
Bridle Trails, in southeast Kirkland, surrounds a 482 acre wooded preserve and features homes on large lots. Three hundred properties here stable horses. At the opposite end of the city in Totem Lake are Evergreen Hospital, several wine tasting rooms, a contemporary art gallery, the Public Safety Building, and one of the region’s most prosperous auto retail hubs.
Juanita, in northwest Kirkland, boasts Juanita Village, an award winning mixed use community. Single family homes, condos and apartments are found in nearby established pocket and beach communities around popular Juanita Beach Park.
Dining options abound in Kirkland, from bakeries and cafes to fine restaurants featuring sought after chefs. Committed to local sourcing of food, the city supports two seasonal farmers markets located at Juanita Beach and downtown. Shopping options are equally varied and include fine art galleries, stylish furniture and decorative arts stores, designer consignment shops, specialty boutiques, and bridal shops.
Kirkland is known for its dynamic arts scene. Outdoor public art graces city parks and streets. The highly regarded Kirkland Performance Center presents a range of national and international entertainment. Kirkland Arts Center, one of the region’s few community based arts centers, offers a hugely popular annual artist studio tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Other special events include Kirkland Uncorked, Summerfest and the arrival of the Tall Ships. For more activities and events, visit explorekirkland.com.