14 Things to Know Before Making Kirkland Your Home

Marina Park Sunset

1. Pirates of Kirkland

Lady Washington

Carillon Point Marina in Kirkland has known pirates. The Lady Washington, better known as the HMS Interceptor from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and the Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a centuries old merchant vessel, both tour docks throughout Washington each year. The ships offer dockside tours and a variety of sailing on Lake Washington with crew in period costume during their stay in Kirkland.

2. Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature, Costco

Kirkland's name is known far and wide, but maybe not for the reasons you'd think. Costco uses Kirkland as the namesake of its “Kirkland Signature” store brand. The warehouse chain was previously headquartered in Kirkland. Sorry Kirkland residents, membership still isn't automatic for you.

3. Kirkland Schools the Rest

Kirkland Schools

Kirkland’s schools are the best of Washington’s 20 biggest cities. Sharing a school district with Redmond, Kirkland’s schools scored an average of 8.5 from greatschools.org.

4. Teen Union Building

Teen Union Building

Need a place to vent that teen angst? As long as you're between 13 and 18 the Kirkland Teen Union Building is your spot. KTUB has a youth-run café and store, two stages for live music, a darkroom, recording studio, technology lab, silkscreen station and an art studio. Some of its programs include Burton’s Chill Snowboarding program, a six -week program that uses snowboarding to teach life skills at no cost to participants. It also has a resource center with counselors and career advisors. Membership is free to teens between the ages of 13 and 18.

5. Tech and More Tech

Kirkland Google Campus

Kirkland houses branches of IBM, Google and Microsoft. Choose your side wisely.

6. Car Dependency

Kirkland Commute

Kirkland has a score of 48, meaning that most errands require a car, according to Walkscore.com. Moss Bay, Norkirk and Everest are the most walkable neighborhoods in Kirkland. Workers spend an average of 22.6 minutes on their commute, ranking them 10th for the shortest commute of Washington’s 20 biggest cities.

7. The Little City That Could

Little League Junior Softball World Series

Since 1999 Kirkland has been the home of the Little League Junior Softball World Series held each August at Kirkland's Everest Park.

8. More Family Friendly than Renton, Tacoma and Seattle

Family friendly Kirkland

Estately ranked Washington’s 20 biggest cities by family friendliness and Kirkland came in 7th, beating out Renton (13th), Tacoma (14th), and Seattle (18th).

9. Painting, Pints and Wine

Sip and paint

Thursday Art and Wine Walks are hosted each week at the Kirkland Warehouse Wineries. Each winery, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, and Waving Tree Winery, host different artist in their spaces, and provide, snacks, music and wine. Local business CANVAS! also offers art classes where artists can sip while painting. You can always turn to your brew for inspiration.

10. The Great Outdoors

Juanita Beach Park

Of Washington’s 20 biggest cities Kirkland ranks fourth for most parks per capita. Among the 53 parks and open spaces, places like Juanita Beach Park stand out.

11. Low Crime, Except the Arson

Burning building

According to FBI crime data, Kirkland has the fourth lowest crime per capita of the 20 largest cities in the state, with arson ranking the highest of the city’s crimes (it ranked 12th highest of Washington’s 20 biggest cities).

12. Not the Most Affordable:

Historic House kirkland

About 15 percent of the homes on the market are affordable to residents earning Kirkland's median income of $86,656. The majority of homes cost more than $388,157.

13. Unique Waterfront

Kirkland, Marina Park

Kirkland has the only Eastside downtown frontage on Lake Washington. The waterfront includes a 400 seat performing arts center, beaches and a collection of bronze sculptures.

14. Cheesy Tourism

Kirkland tourism video Kirkland Tourism video still

Kirkland’s tourism video features a child falling from the sky and some impressively sized drinks.

Kirkland Real Estate & Homes for Sale

Kirkland Real Estate & Homes for Sale

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12606 100th Ave NE Unit G134
$217,500 + $329 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
985 sqft
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10008 NE 122nd St Unit R-D
$138,000 + $376 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1 baths
827 sqft
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9805 111th Ave NE
$895,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
3,500 sqft
13,657 lot sqft
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8222 126th Ave NE Unit C-32
$270,000 + $275 HOA /mo.
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0 beds
0 baths
1,073 sqft
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0 days on site
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11103 NE 124th Lane Unit D315
$205,000 + $368 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1 baths
917 sqft
~8 acres
1 days on site
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302 6th Ave
$750,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,340 sqft
5,500 lot sqft
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13721 90th Place NE
$420,000
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3 beds
2 baths
1,180 sqft
7,537 lot sqft
1 days on site
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4405 109th Place NE
$680,000
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4 beds
2.25 baths
2,370 sqft
9,408 lot sqft
1 days on site
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6303 105th Ave NE
$1,600,000
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4 beds
3.5 baths
4,060 sqft
9,486 lot sqft
1 days on site
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725 1st St S Unit 203
$995,000 + $666 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
2 baths
2,102 sqft
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9360 Juanita Dr NE Unit 2A
$359,000 + $369 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
1,004 sqft
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2 days on site
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1685 10th St W
$3,675,000
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4 beds
4 baths
5,124 sqft
11,580 lot sqft
2 days on site
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8210 126th Ave NE Unit B-12
$350,000 + $342 HOA /mo.
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2.5 baths
1,342 sqft
~3 acres
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11102 NE 125th Lane Unit K-136
$225,000 + $382 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
977 sqft
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818 16th Ave W
$774,950
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,440 sqft
8,558 lot sqft
1 days on site
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24 6th St
$1,150,000 + $100 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
3.25 baths
2,890 sqft
4,164 lot sqft
6 days on site
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211 Kirkland Ave Unit 414
$350,000 + $290 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
789 sqft
- lot sqft
4 days on site
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11228 NE 68th St Unit B
$338,000 + $349 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
1,220 sqft
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7 days on site
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10026 NE 127th Place Unit D119
$160,000 + $286 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1 baths
739 sqft
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8 days on site
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10401 NE 130th St
$359,950
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3 beds
1.5 baths
1,240 sqft
15,867 lot sqft
8 days on site
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102 State St S Unit W109
$319,000 + $178 HOA /mo.
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1 beds
1 baths
652 sqft
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8 days on site
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218 8th Ave
$1,250,000
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4 beds
3.25 baths
3,770 sqft
7,200 lot sqft
8 days on site
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11505 NE 104th St
$795,000
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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,750 sqft
16,000 lot sqft
10 days on site
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10151 NE 116th Place
$462,000
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4 beds
1.75 baths
1,700 sqft
7,995 lot sqft
9 days on site
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300 7th Ave S Unit W18
$674,950 + $436 HOA /mo.
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Townhouse
2 beds
2.25 baths
1,442 sqft
~1 acre
11 days on site