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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6401 Lake WA Blvd NE Unit 30
$280,000 + $256 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
718 sqft
~3/4 acre
0 days on site
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11711 NE 48th Place
$875,000 + $29 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
3.25 baths
3,130 sqft
12,750 lot sqft
3 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
3 days on site
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4909 102nd Lane NE
$799,000 + $730 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
3 beds
2.5 baths
2,190 sqft
2,658 lot sqft
3 days on site
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9625 NE 121st Lane
$275,000 + $285 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.5 baths
1,088 sqft
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3 days on site
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5527 116th Ave NE
$437,500
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3 beds
1.5 baths
1,630 sqft
~1/2 acre
3 days on site
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511 7th Ave Unit 2
$549,950 + $518 HOA /mo.
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Sat Oct 18th 1pm-4pm

Condo
2 beds
2.25 baths
1,551 sqft
~1 acre
1 days on site
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6703 117th AVE NE (L-D)
$909,950
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,044 sqft
8,991 lot sqft
5 days on site
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916 3rd Ave Unit A306
$259,500 + $196 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1 baths
824 sqft
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5 days on site
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431 8th Ave W
$2,499,000
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5 beds
4.5 baths
4,850 sqft
8,588 lot sqft
5 days on site
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6225 Lake Washington Blvd NE Unit 206
$325,000 + $279 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
744 sqft
- lot sqft
0 days on site
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12426 NE 73rd St
$475,000
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3 beds
1.75 baths
1,290 sqft
8,580 lot sqft
5 days on site
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11414 124th Ave NE
$950,000
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0 beds
1 baths
1,200 sqft
9,580 lot sqft
6 days on site
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11110 NE 41st Dr Unit 49
$588,000 + $511 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2 baths
1,360 sqft
- lot sqft
7 days on site
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$2,250,000
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3 beds
2.25 baths
2,750 sqft
10,611 lot sqft
7 days on site
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733 Lake St S Unit 301
$365,000 + $391 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
792 sqft
- lot sqft
7 days on site
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12305 NE 84th Lane
$875,000 + $187 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
3.5 baths
2,895 sqft
2,895 lot sqft
9 days on site
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8543 132nd Ave NE
$1,099,990
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5 beds
4 baths
3,353 sqft
7,356 lot sqft
9 days on site
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11318 101st Pl NE
$299,950 + $320 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
2 beds
2.5 baths
1,365 sqft
- lot sqft
10 days on site
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11618 100th Ave NE Unit C211
$234,000 + $366 HOA /mo.
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Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,016 sqft
~3 acres
4 days on site
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12717 NE 116th St Unit D202
$175,000 + $199 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1 baths
880 sqft
- lot sqft
6 days on site
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820 1st St
$1,448,000
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4 beds
3.5 baths
3,087 sqft
6,349 lot sqft
10 days on site
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430 4th Ave Unit 430
$299,950 + $332 HOA /mo.
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Condo
1 beds
1 baths
1,081 sqft
- lot sqft
8 days on site
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10003 NE 123rd St Unit AD
$129,900 + $376 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
3 beds
1 baths
1,300 sqft
- lot sqft
11 days on site
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320 5th Ave Unit 201
$524,950 + $250 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2.5 baths
1,354 sqft
- lot sqft
11 days on site