The Eastside of downtown includes public art and a laid back waterfront.
British-born, steel tycoon Peter Kirk's dream of building the "Pittsburg of the West" crashed, but Kirkland is without-a-doubt, much better not being a steel town. With access to great beaches and scores of whimsical public outdoor art, Kirkland has a small and quaint downtown. In addition to the downtown area, there is Juanita to the north that started as a resort town for Seattleites, Totem Lake (a lake named after a shopping mall and not the other way around), Rose Hill and Kingsgate are to the east.
Kirkland is located on the Eastside of Lake Washington. It allows easy access to the 520 highway and other suburbs like Redmond and Bellevue. It is bordered to the west by Lake Washington, to the north by Kenmore and Bothell, to the east by Redmond and to south by Bellevue.
In such a large city, there are more than just a few housing options. There are numerous waterfront condominiums, in addition to single-family homes. As you head further inland, there are wonderful neighborhoods full of post-modern housing to accommodate any family.
Kirkland is part of the well-rated Lake Washington School District with numerous options for children of all ages. The Lake Washington School District also has great online tools to help you and your family find the right school.
landmarks & Scenes
Easy access to Lake Washington makes Kirkland a top spot for people with boats, or those who want fun on the water. The public beaches allow for quick access and you can pop downtown afterwards for a refreshment. In the summer, some restaurants put tables outside for people watching.
Food & Drink:
Café Juanita has long been a destination for Northern Italian cuisine. Furthermore, Brown Bag Restaurant serves huge portions, or hop over to Trellis Restaurant for some afternoon tea. VoVina is a wine and vodka tasting bar but you can go lowbrow to Tiki Joes Wet Bar.
Of course you'll find Costco here - especially since their house brand 'Kirkland' was named after the area. Downtown you'll find lots of independent shops, but you can find the usual chain retailers for all of your daily needs.
Enjoy Kirkland Summerfest on the beach, art and wine walks, or shows at the Kirkland Performance Center. You'll also find kids' summer concerts with summer evening concerts for adults.
Sports & Outdoors
There are over 40 parks to play in and explore – including volleyball, dodgeball and softball leagues. Juanita Beach has an enclosed swimming area on Lake Washington, beach volleyball, tennis courts and horseshoe pits. Try O.O. Denny Park Creek trail to find old growth Douglas fir trees.
Arts & Culture:
The Kirkland Art Center offers classes for all ages. Roxy Movie Theater at Totem Lake shows Bollywood movies, with chai, samosas, and popcorn, while Parkplace Cinemas will have all the current movies playing.
Check out the trails and wetlands with the help of a park ranger. Rent a paddleboard to SUP (stand up paddling), a kayak, or have your kids take a Lego inspired engineering class at Play Well TEKnologies. See if you can find the over two-dozen eccentric outdoor sculptures in downtown Kirkland!