Kirkland Real Estate Market
Kirkland Community Summary
Kirkland is located along the picturesque shores of Lake Washington and offers home buyers a wide range of housing options, from affordable condos, to multi-million dollar luxury estates.
Depending on the type of home or condo, the Kirkland housing market can be fast-paced compared to other Seattle Eastside communities - primarily due to the close proximity to downtown Seattle, and of course, the influence of Lake Washington.
Now, with nearly 100,000 people calling Kirkland home, housing and real estate opportunities here are plentiful - though demand is always high, hence the higher home prices and typically shorter days on market. Single-family homes and condos occupy most of the marketplace, but a number of desirable townhome developments also round out the Kirkland real estate market.
Kirkland Condos & Single Family Homes
Home buyers who appreciate downtown Kirkland's walkability, and those who wish to stay close to the gorgeous shores of Lake Washington will find a nice mix of condos in Kirkland which offer ample living space, and some high-end modern interior finishes. Kirkland single-family homes encompass much of the city's interior, as well most of the Inglewood-Finn Hill and Juanita parts of town, while the Juanita Bay area is home to some of the largest and most spectacular waterfront homes in Kirkland.
Living in Kirkland
Kirkland has an ideal location only 11 miles from downtown Seattle and just north of the sprawling Bellevue area, and has consistently been a popular place to call home. Once referred to as the "hub of the Eastside" because of its previous network of ferry systems, Kirkland's unique history and the charming, yet trendy vibe of downtown have certainly caught the attention of home buyers from all over the world. A plethora of lakefront beaches and parks and public outdoor spaces allow residents to fully enjoy the beautiful scenic landscape which helps shape this one-of-a-kind suburban community.
As of 2013, Kirkland's population was approximately 85,000 residents, making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12 largest city in Washington state. The Kirkland area wasn't always this large. In fact, it wasn't until 2011 that Finn Hill, Juanita, and Kingsgate were annexed into the city, adding roughly 33,000 more residents and approximately 7 square miles to the Kirkland city boundaries.
Kirkland Parks and Attractions
Kirkland attractions in include a vibrant business and downtown district along Central Way, a number of very impressive art galleries, and the Kirkland Performance Center which plays host to a number of symphonic shows, concerts, musicals, films, and all sorts of other live entertainment.
There's no shortage of public park spaces and beaches around this part of the Eastside, which of course helps drive up the real estate prices in the Kirkland community as a whole. Big Finn Hill Park, Juanita Woodlands Park, and Juanita Bay Park are among the largest parks in the area, while Heritage Park, Marina Park, and Peter Kirk Park all help make downtown Kirkland a beautiful and picturesque community that's hard not to love.
For home buyers with school-aged children, Kirkland is in the Lake Washington School District, which is home to an astounding 23 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, and 10 high schools, according to GreatSchools.org.
Kirkland Photo Credits: Jason Goecke (Kirkland Lakefront), Bret VA (Kirkland Park), Brett VA (Downtown Kirkland) via Flickr.com.