Kirkland: quite possibly the most desirable place to live on Seattle’s Eastside
— Named after Peter Kirk, this “Sausalito of the North” has grown from 400 in 1905 to more than 80,000 residents. Today, the over 100 year old city includes several annexed neighborhoods. They include Houghton (1968) and North Rose Hill (1988) to the east and Totem Lake (1974) and South Juanita (1988) further north. With the annexation of Finn Hill, Kingsgate and North Juanita, effective June 1, 2011, the city has doubled in size.
In the shadow of the much larger city of Bellevue to the south, Kirkland has remained a “town” despite an explosive growth spurt. During the last two decades of the 20th century and the recent annexations, Kirkland’s population increased by about 33,000. [Read more…]