Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: Kirkland

Kirkland is located just north of Bellevue, and is the only city on the Eastside with a lakefront downtown district. A relatively affluent city, Kirkland is home to beautiful waterfront estates and numerous luxury condos. Kirkland is a popular neighborhood for families, thanks to its small-town atmosphere and high level of community engagement.


Kirkland, once nicknamed the ‘Pittsburgh of the West’ by Steel Works businessman Peter Kirk, never became a steel industry hub, but got its start as a ship-building and wool-milling center. Kirkland was home to the first wool production center in Washington, and made products for Alaska gold rush prospectors and for the U.S. military during World War I. Ferries were constructed here in the early 1920’s, and more than 25 US Navy warships were built in what is now Carillon Point.

Points of Interest

Kirkland’s vibrant waterfront retail district is a picturesque shopping and dining destination, and its lakefront boulevards are perfect for afternoon strolls by the marina. Nearby Juanita Bay Park offers access to trails and wetlands; and Juanita Beach is a popular destination for families, thanks to its swimming area, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and ball fields. Easy access to the Cascade Mountains and foothills makes this a great neighborhood for outdoors enthusiasts.