Kirkland, Washington
Real Estate and Community Information

Kirkland, The city of Kirkland is located in King County, Washington. The community also occupies the 98033 zip code. The population is 85,763 residents, according to the 2014 United States Census.

The city boasts a shoreline along Lake Washington and the downtown area boasts art galleries, restaurants, beaches and a 400 seat performing arts center. Residents and visitors will be able to admire a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.

For more information about the city, visit http://www.ci.kirkland.wa.us

History

The area occupied by the city was settled by Native Americans with English settlers arriving in the late 1860’s and began building homes where the Houghton neighborhood is now. As the population of the community increased a number of farming, logging and boat building communities were established. In the late 1800’s, an English gentleman seeking to expand his steel business relocated to the area after hearing about iron deposits in the area. He also found limestone deposits in the area, an ingredient necessary to the steel smelting process and a number of coalmines in the area. Being a forward thinking individual, he realized if a community were built near the water, it would serve as a freshwater port, as well as support prospective mills. The gentleman was not an American citizen and not qualified to purchase property so he partnered with the owner of the local newspaper and buy the necessary real estate. The partnership purchased thousands of acres in what is now downtown Kirkland and they began the construction of a new steel mill. Housing began to emerge for employees of the steel mill. The steel mill was completed , but due to financial issues, no steel was ever produced.

A ferry service was formed in 1900 and operated until 1940 when the Lake Washington floating bridge was constructed. The area became a prime location for woolen mills and eventually ship building and the population continued to grow.

Kirkland was incorporated in 1905, and the city began to annex several of the surrounding unincorporated communities to form the city it is today. The city has become relatively affluent with technology firms located nearby.

Education

The city is served by the Lake Washington School District and provides public school education for children from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The district operates 23 schools within the district and includes elementary, junior high schools and high schools.

The school district is highly rated by students, teachers, parents and educational professionals. The district also boasts several award winning schools. The district is considered one of the top districts in the state.

There are several private schools in the area and the surrounding community providing an alternative to public school education.

Residents interested in higher education will find several colleges and universities conveniently located and include Northwest University, Lake Washington Technical College and Bastyr University. The schools provide a variety of programs and degrees and prepare students for careers in the professional, business and technical fields.

Real Estate

Available real estate includes single family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Many of the homes are priced in the moderate to expensive range. Home buyers will find a variety of homes in a variety of architectural styles. Homes are located in very desirable neighborhoods each with a supporting lifestyle. Undeveloped lots suitable for residential development are also available for the ambitious home builder.

For people who would rather rent than buy a home, or who like to test drive the area before purchasing a home will find a variety of rental properties available. Renters will current market rate rents in single and multi-family homes, apartment complexes and condominiums and townhouses.

Anyone interested in Kirkland real estate should contact Seattle Lifestyles. The team is experienced in the real estate industry and stay on the forefront of the real estate market and the current trends. Their goal is help each client find the right home to fit their needs and budget.

Happy couple sitting in field Parks and Recreation

The city Parks and Community Services department operates and maintains many neighborhood and waterfront parks for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy. The waterfront parks are connected by a paved walking trail that is open from dawn to dusk. Amenities in the parks include playgrounds and tot lots, sports courts and fields, walking paths and beaches. The department also offers a variety of programs for residents of all ages and they include team sports leagues, swimming lessons and community events. The city also operates several indoor and outdoor facilities available for rent. The facilities are ideal for family and neighborhood celebrations and community gatherings.

In 2006, Kirkland also adopted the Complete Street Ordinance where bicycle and pedestrian facilities are addressed as part of road construction and improvement projects. In 2009, the city passed the Active Transportation Plan that specifically targets pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian improvements.

Attractions, Activities and Events

The city and the surrounding area provide a variety of things to do and events that are designed to bring the community together. Residents and visitors of all ages will find attractions and activities that are not only fun and entertaining, but educational as well. Things to do include historic tours, museums a variety of waterfront activities, family fun centers, art and cultural galleries, family fun centers, children play centers and community classes and workshops. Residents will also find boating, bowling health and beauty spas and bicycling.

Events include seasonal and holiday celebrations, charitable runs, walk and bicycle rides and a variety of performing arts events.
 

To find the perfect home for you, contact Seattle Lifestyles today!

Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin
Manager