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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221 5th Ave S Unit E102
$740,000 + $578 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
1,440 sqft
~3 acres
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10009 NE 123 St Unit B
$139,900 + $377 HOA /mo.
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1 baths
856 sqft
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620 17th Ave
$800,000 + $6 HOA /mo.
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3 beds
2.5 baths
2,420 sqft
7,200 lot sqft
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$1,995,000
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3 beds
2.25 baths
2,750 sqft
10,611 lot sqft
0 days on site
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4605 Lake Washington Blvd NE Unit 301
$2,500,000 + $989 HOA /mo.
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2.75 baths
2,666 sqft
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12615 NE 119th St Unit E1
$170,000 + $358 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1 baths
949 sqft
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11580 NE 91st St
$1,049,000
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5 beds
2.5 baths
3,600 sqft
10,800 lot sqft
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11103 NE 124th Lane Unit C210
$222,600 + $368 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
976 sqft
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11801 100th Ave NE Unit A305
$278,800 + $258 HOA /mo.
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1.5 baths
859 sqft
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10913 NE 48th Street
$625,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,030 sqft
8,574 lot sqft
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10020 NE 120th St Unit C2
$245,000 + $325 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.5 baths
1,050 sqft
~2 acres
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10815 101st Place NE
$1,189,000
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5 beds
4.25 baths
4,800 sqft
~1/2 acre
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201 Lake Ave W
$2,629,856
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3 beds
1 baths
2,160 sqft
~3/4 acre
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12424 109th Ct NE Unit D102
$149,500 + $333 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
938 sqft
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12611 109th Ct NE Unit J304
$205,000 + $334 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
2 baths
938 sqft
~9 acres
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6225 Lake Washington Blvd NE Unit 310
$719,000 + $573 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,089 sqft
~3/4 acre
5 days on site
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1240 4th St W
$899,900
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,526 sqft
3,943 lot sqft
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12044 100th Ave NE Unit H101
$228,750 + $316 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1 baths
1,009 sqft
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916 3rd Ave Unit A-108
$288,000 + $196 HOA /mo.
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1 baths
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12026 NE 73rd St
$999,950
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4 beds
3 baths
3,376 sqft
7,454 lot sqft
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11219 NE 116th Place
$760,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
3,220 sqft
8,379 lot sqft
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10141 NE 64th St
$1,398,850
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4 beds
3 baths
3,239 sqft
3,998 lot sqft
6 days on site
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11007 126th Ave NE
$519,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,650 sqft
12,491 lot sqft
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10024 NE 120th St Unit D4
$214,900 + $325 HOA /mo.
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2 beds
1.5 baths
1,050 sqft
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820 1st St
$1,375,000
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4 beds
3.5 baths
3,087 sqft
6,349 lot sqft
7 days on site