Just northeast of the Emerald City on the shores of Lake Washington, Kirkland has become a popular hub for those frequently commuting to and from the city who desire a bit more room to grow and prosper. One of the region's largest suburban communities features lakefront boulevards, easy accessibility to nature, an impressive wine culture, and a strong local economy. Modern, lakefront estates inspired by cozy mountain cabins are abundant in this evergreen paradise on the lake.
Once called “the hub of the east side,” Kirkland was home to an extensive ferry system that transported locals to and from downtown Seattle. Today, the ferries have gone, but downtown is an easy 10-mile drive away. Many parts of the community remain untouched, just as they were centuries ago. Extensive preservation efforts interestingly led to downtown being the last neighborhood to undergo development, but you’ll find all the amenities you need are within close reach.
Despite its expansive parameters, Kirkland is a friendly community that hosts several local get-togethers throughout the year. Over the years, nationally recognized brands, highly rated restaurants, luxurious day spas, and delicious bakeries have set up shop within the town, making drives to interior Seattle not always necessary. Several parks and beaches, such as Juanita Bay Park and Waverly Beach Park, are popular places for swimming, birdwatching, and picnicking on the shores of Lake Washington. Simply put, Kirkland residents enjoy their lives without any sacrifices.
Encompassed by lush evergreen trees, Cafe Juanita is located in a restored home on the banks of Juanita Creek. Award-winning northern Italian cuisine such as foie gras, grilled octopus, and braised rabbit are some favorite dishes among locals, served in an inviting atmosphere featuring an open kitchen. Kirkland’s finest Italian staple has claimed a regular spot on Eater’s list of 38 Essential Restaurants in Seattle for several seasons.
Positioned on Kirkland’s picturesque waterfront, BeachHouse Bar + Grill is proud to serve traditional Pacific Northwest cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. Their daily happy hour and weekend brunch are particularly popular among residents, featuring seafood staples such as fish and chips, crabcakes, and their house burger piled high with garlic herb cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and secret house sauce.
A popular Seattle name is found in Anthony’s HomePort. Situated on the scenic eastern shore of Lake Washington, Anthony’s boasts a few locations throughout the greater Seattle area, ranging from to-go walk-ups to proper sit-down eateries. Award-winning clam chowder, popular surf-and-turf pairings, and other seasonal Northwest specialties are served with panoramic views as the sweeping background, accompanied by an equally impressive drink list.
Wilde Rover is a comforting, traditional Irish pub for shepherd’s pie and Guinness in the heart of Kirkland. The perfect spot to warm up on those sometimes-chilly Seattle evenings since 2006, Wilde Rover offers a sense of the “old country” with modern pleasures such as live music, a weekend brunch, and a perfectly walkable location within downtown Kirkland near Lake Washington.
Kirkland boasts endless acres of untouched greenspace, allowing residents close proximity to a number of parks and beaches. The waterfront Heritage Park spans across 10 acres, is located adjacent to downtown, and features tennis courts, vast grassy fields, a play area, and a very popular mile-long lakeside trail. Just up shore, Waverly Beach Park is a favorite spot to enjoy picnics and swimming, thanks to nearly 500 lineal feet of Lake Washington shoreline. As summer temperatures cool down, the autumn season ushers in the annual Oktoberfest celebration, an authentic German celebration. One of Seattle’s best festivals boasts traditional sausages, brews, music, and is a wonderful tribute to one of the world’s most popular happenings. Throughout the year, several wine festivals commemorate Washington state’s storied wine culture. Kirkland Uncorked and Sip Kirkland are just a few of Kirkland’s best appreciations of cabernet, merlot, and traditional vino accompaniments.
One of Seattle’s largest suburbs also hosts several of the state’s top-performing educational campuses. Just a few wonderful opportunities await at:
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