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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500 Kirkland Ave Unit B-2
$524,950 + $275 HOA /mo.
Open House

Sun Sep 21st 1pm-4pm

Townhouse
2 beds
1.5 baths
1,156 sqft
- lot sqft
3 days on site
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1927 5th St
$815,000
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Sat Sep 20th 12pm-4pm

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4 beds
2.75 baths
2,860 sqft
9,159 lot sqft
0 days on site
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11515 Ohde Ave
$1,535,950
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5 beds
4 baths
4,494 sqft
12,487 lot sqft
2 days on site
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11225 NE 53rd St
$599,950
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2 beds
1.75 baths
1,312 sqft
8,500 lot sqft
1 days on site
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846 Kirkland Way (L-3)
$1,299,000
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4 beds
3.5 baths
2,933 sqft
3,922 lot sqft
3 days on site
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11630 100th Ave NE Unit B319
$325,000 + $428 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,135 sqft
- lot sqft
2 days on site
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8248 126th Ave NE Unit C302
$239,950 + $321 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1 baths
830 sqft
- lot sqft
3 days on site
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11421 NE 87th St.
$909,950
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4 beds
2.75 baths
2,812 sqft
3,150 lot sqft
2 days on site
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12515 109th Ct. NE
$170,000 + $266 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
656 sqft
- lot sqft
3 days on site
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11102 NE 125th Lane Unit K-136
$232,000 + $382 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
2 baths
977 sqft
- lot sqft
6 days on site
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4224 105th Ave NE
$699,900
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4 beds
2.75 baths
2,080 sqft
9,190 lot sqft
6 days on site
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11505 NE 104th St
$849,000
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4 beds
2.5 baths
2,750 sqft
16,000 lot sqft
6 days on site
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1830 Market St
$925,000 + $340 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
3 beds
2.5 baths
2,879 sqft
~3/4 acre
4 days on site
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1830 Market St
$925,000 + $340 HOA /mo.
Townhouse
3 beds
2.5 baths
2,879 sqft
- lot sqft
6 days on site
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11630 100th Ave NE Unit B319
$325,000 + $428 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,135 sqft
- lot sqft
4 days on site
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11810 NE 73rd St
$825,000
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3 beds
2.25 baths
2,520 sqft
7,975 lot sqft
7 days on site
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12128 NE 106th Place (L-2)
$909,950 + $60 HOA /mo.
House
4 beds
2.75 baths
3,105 sqft
7,205 lot sqft
7 days on site
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6713 117th AVE NE (L-B)
$914,950
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,077 sqft
8,770 lot sqft
1 days on site
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1290 3rd St
$1,149,000
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Sat Sep 13th 1pm-4pm

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4 beds
3.75 baths
3,250 sqft
9,889 lot sqft
2 days on site
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15 21st Place
$1,225,000
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Sat Sep 13th 1pm-4pm

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4 beds
3.25 baths
3,206 sqft
8,000 lot sqft
1 days on site
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11632 100th Ave NE Unit B220
$274,950 + $403 HOA /mo.
Condo
2 beds
1.75 baths
1,135 sqft
~3 acres
5 days on site
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1029 3rd St
$1,250,000
House
5 beds
3.5 baths
3,400 sqft
7,800 lot sqft
5 days on site
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12127 NE 106th Place (L-15)
$949,950 + $60 HOA /mo.
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4 beds
2.75 baths
3,044 sqft
7,203 lot sqft
1 days on site
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9824 NE 116th St
$525,000
Open House

Sun Sep 14th 1pm-4pm

House
3 beds
2.5 baths
1,919 sqft
1,587 lot sqft
2 days on site
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11114 NE 125th Lane Unit G 324
$189,950 + $350 HOA /mo.
Condo
1 beds
1 baths
838 sqft
- lot sqft
6 days on site