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Kirkland homes and Lifestyle
Kirkland homes are located in several distinct neighborhoods. 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.
The over 100-year-old city includes the annexed neighborhoods of Houghton (1968) and North Rose Hill (1988) to the east and Totem Lake (1974) and South Juanita (1988) further north. With the additional annexation of Finn Hill, Kingsgate and North Juanita, effective June 1, 2011, the city of Kirkland has doubled in size.
Named after Peter Kirk, this “Sausalito of the North” has grown from 400 in 1905 to more than 80,000 residents. The number of Kirkland homes has increased accordingly.
A leisurely walk around downtown and along Washington Boulevard from Moss Bay to Carillon Point shows Kirkland at its best: restaurants, galleries, specialty shops, parks, and playgrounds. No other Seattle eastside city offers more lake front and more varied views across Lake Washington toward Seattle and the Olympic Mountains beyond. These views contribute to the value of real estate. Kirkland’s lakefront condos and some view homes located west and east of Market Street and on the hills of Houghton remain hot properties even in cooler real estate markets.
The old steel mills, wool mills, and shipbuilding industry have given way to the service business and high-tech. Most notable is the Google Campus in Kirkland, just a few miles west of its more established competitor in Redmond.
The Woodmark at Carillon Point, a luxury lakeside hotel, yacht club, now has competition. The Heathman which calls itself a “luxury boutique hotel” pampers guests in the very center of downtown Kirkland right across from the Kirkland library and the 12 acres named in honor of the town’s founder: Peter Kirk Park.
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