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Kirkland, WA   98033, 98034, 98083


Beginning in 1871, homesteaders in the present Kirkland area were spread over at least three different shoreline communities that eventually were combined into today’s City.  The effects of wealth hit the area in 1888 when Peter Kirk began implementing plans for a town with a steel mill and supporting businesses.  Although the mill was eventually completed, it never became operational.

Topography had always made travel on the Eastside difficult for early pioneers.  Even though it was easy to see across Lake Washington, getting to Seattle for commerce was always a challenge.  Eventually, ferries of all different sorts were built to make the trip.  One even went north past Kirkland, up the Squak Slough (Sammamish River) to Squak Lake (Lake Sammamish) and on to Monohon (near Issaquah).  Ferries would continue to serve Eastside communities like Kirkland until their phase out beginning after the first Lake Washington Bridge was constructed in 1940.  Kirkland saw its last ferry in 1950.

Nevertheless, the economy was gradually expanding from logging, farming and small boat building, when the first woolen mill in the state began Kirkland operations in 1892.  Regional building further benefited Kirkland when in 1917 the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle was opened to Puget Sound.  Kirkland’s boat building industry was rapidly developed to help with WWI and grew steadily in preparation for WWII.

Kirkland was incorporated in 1905, reflecting its importance at the time along the eastern shore of Lake Washington.  In contrast, neighboring Bellevue that today is a high-rise business city, was still farming strawberries, and wasn’t incorporated until 1953.

A notable, historic event occurred on May 27 and 28, 1933 in today’s Juanita neighborhood when members of perhaps as many as 20 or more regional Indian tribes joined with the Kirkland American Legion Post to re-enact the signing of the 1855 Point Elliot Treaty between area tribes and Gov. Stevens, Governor of the Washington Territory.  The ceremony originally occurred at Mukilteo in 1855.  Incredibly, many of the direct descendants of the Indian co-signers assumed the signing roles of their ancestors.

The area of Houghton, now a Kirkland neighborhood, was the site of the Lake Washington Shipyard, employing 8,000 workers during the Second World War, who repaired vessels and built ships for the U.S. Navy.  Kirkland and the rest of Washington State played a disproportionately large role in the production of WWII equipment and supplies.  After the war, the state became a place where neighbors were often from somewhere else.

My family was also from somewhere else, and when my folks built a home in the Kingsgate neighborhood in 1967, I-405 was no more than a two lane street that led somewhere far out into the boondocks.  Those were the days of Ernst and Pay N Save in the Totem Lake Mall.

My own kids were raised in that same great home, too.  They had the well-deserved good fortune to see their sports efforts reach fullest fruition when their teams from Juanita High School won several football and baseball State Championships.  My boys soon took playing in the Kingdome in easy stride, and I’m proud to say each has gone on to make major contributions in their own spheres as adults.  My daughter graduated from Juanita High School as well and has achieved professional milestones for herself in the service industry.  The Lake Washington school system certainly provided great preparation for that generation.

Since then, modern day Kirkland has grown by leaps and bounds through a series of neighboring community annexations that increased City population by some 62,619 residents.  The City now has a total count of some 80,000 folks. 

Kirkland has developed a downtown aura often compared to Sausalito, California --- souls who live life with a Jimmy Buffet vacation attitude of no cares, no worries, and lots of time and toys for leisure play.  Residents are mainly youthful, well educated, and with many working in the computing and high tech industries. 

In town, hillside view properties are valued at a premium, and much like neighboring city Clyde Hill, Kirkland has experienced the replacement of older structures with larger, modern residences.  New homes are planned to suit varied tastes, and often with a craftsman or cape cod design influence.

The City has prioritized investments in its parks, art and entertainment, pedestrian friendly areas, and maintenance of historic structures.  Of course, locals will be quick to mention as well that in 1982, Kirkland’s National Little League Baseball team won the Little League World Series!

If you come to play in Kirkland, there’s a good chance you’ll want to stay.  It’s a great place to work and a really great place to live.


Useful Links and Local Features

City of Kirkland

Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Kirkland Downtown Association

Thinking of Moving Here?

Heritage Hall, NW Corner of Market St. & Lake Ave W
Peter Kirk Building, 620 Market St
Kirkland Woman’s Club, 407 First St

Kirkland, WA – Neighborhood Scout

This Is Kirkland – KirklandTelevision

Experience Kirkland for Yourself - KirklandTelevision

Welcome to Kirkland, Washington – Elena Seroff

City Skinny – Living in Kirkland – Coldwell Banker

Kirkland Community Video – Coldwell Banker3

Kirkland Works – City Council Goals – KirklandTelevision

Kirkland Works – Economic Development – KirklandTelevision

Kirkland Works – A Vision for Generations:  Building and Maintaining Kirkland - KirklandTelevision

Kirkland State of the City Address February 25th 2015 - KirklandTelevision

Summer in Kirkland - Imadmedia

Waterfront and Downtown – Paul Deutsch

On Lake Washington in September – Mark Cardon

Goat Hill, Juanita Beach, and Kirkland Highlights – Natalias Homes

Moss Bay Neighborhood – Joe and Jason Realty Group

Kirkland Performance Center

Lake Washington School District – Schools That Inspire Success

Juanita High School

Lake Washington High School

Northwest University

Northwest University – Promo Video 2009

Northwest University – Carry the Call


Virginia Mason Kirkland Medical Center

Settler’s Landing Park – Phil Leng

Juanita Bay Park – Phil Leng

Waverly Beach Park – Phil Leng

Juanita Beach Park – Jabrennanlandarch

Totem Lake Park – Phil Leng

Marina Park – Kirkland’s Own Marina – Phil Leng

Marina Park During the Kirkland Uncorked Wine Festival, July 16, 2010 – Christian Schafleitner

Houghton Beach Park – Phil Leng

Kingsgate Park – Phil Leng

Kirkland Farmers Market

Wednesday Farmer’s Market, Kirkland, WA - TheMeadowGolden

Kirkland Summerfest - August 7-8, 2015

Willkommen to Oktoberfest in Kirkland – September 25-27, 2015

Go Pro at Juanita Bay – JimStringfellow

4th of July Parade – Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club

Sailing Lake Washington from Kirkland, Onboard the Tall Ship “Lady Washington” – 8/30/12 – Marianne Sp

Sunset Over Lake Washington from Kirkland – Stigmud

Boys & Girls Clubs – Kirkland Club

Evergreen Academy™ Preschool – Learning Based on the Montessori Method

Sno-King Ice Arenas – Kirkland

TechCity Bowl – Premier Bowling Center

Kirkland Lake Tour - ArgosyCruises

Lee Johnson Chevrolet – Integrity Since 1933

PCC Natural Markets

Laughs Comedy Spot

Lucky 7 Bar & Grill

George's Greek Restaurant - Lawrence Taplin

Welcome to Hector’s – Timeless Comfort Food

Café Juanita – Celebrating the Foods of Northern Italy

Anthony’s Homeport – Kirkland

Olive Garden – Italian Kitchen

Outback – Kirkland

VRBO – Vacation Rentals by Owner

The Heathman Hotel

“Dog Friendly” Heathman Hotel – Kirkland - 4th Avenue Media

Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa

Woodmark Hotel and Spa, A Kirkland Wedding Video – Jeremy Almeda

Woodmark Hotel Wedding Trailer - Red Box Pictures

Kirkland Real Estate – Zillow

Know What’s Below, Call Before You Dig

Pest Control and Extermination Services for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Bee, Wasp, Hornet and Yellow Jacket Nest Removal for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Beaver, Otter, Mt. Beaver and Raccoon Trapping for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Shockwave™ Mole Control, Removal and Extermination for Kirkland – Trey Shelton

Tree Removal, Topping, and Thinning – Mike Green

Real Estate Services – Lynette Thomas

Real Estate Services – Stephen Macdonald

Real Estate Services – Beth Billington

Real Estate Services – Julie Hutton

Real Estate Services – John Fiala

Real Estate Services – Bryan Loveless

Real Estate Services – Charlotte Kossow

Real Estate Services – Christi Irwin

Real Estate Services – Eric & Renee Reese

Real Estate Services – Debbie Walter

Strategies for Negotiating Inspections – Mike Winkler & E J Bowlds (As a General Contractor, Trey Performs Specific Issue and Pest Control Related Work to Seller|Buyer Complete Satisfaction)

Air Duct Cleaning

Roofing Services

Drainage and Structural Services

Home Inspections – Mark Daughtry

Precision Turf Equipment – Dan Robinson

Handicraftsman Services  - Roger McColley

Professional Painting Services – Matt Elam and PJ Clarke

Irrigation, Lighting, Backflow Device Testing, Service & Repairs – Dave Sheldon

Fasteners, Tools, Maintenance & Shop Supplies

Fireplace Heating Products

Woodworking Power Tools, Bits & Hand Tools

Premium Cedar, Exotic Hardwoods, Custom Milling

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Monroe

Home Improvement & Outdoor Equipment – Snohomish

Household Maintenance Products & Materials, Hardware & Supplies

Paint & Decorating | Wood Finishes | Expert Tint Matching

Premium Quality Paints – The Professional Painters Paint Store

Earl’s Lakeview Barber Shop – Traditional Old School Shop with Mounts on the Wall, Sports Memorabilia & Outdoors Conversation in Kirkland – Five Stars

Kirkland Transmission – Transmissions, Fuel Injectors, & Trustworthy Service (Tony Helps Keep My Trucks On the Road ~ Trey)

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