Located on the shore of Lake Washington a stone’s throw from Seattle, Kirkland offers the conveniences of a big city with the personal feel of a small town. Kirkland became the first city on the Eastside in 1888 and eventually became incorporated in 1905. In the early 1900s, Kirkland was the transportation center of the Eastside with ferries transporting commuters and goods. The ferries ran continuously from Marina Park's city dock to Seattle 18 hours a day. The opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940 signaled the end of the lake ferries. Today, Kirkland is a community of over 80,000 people with the region's only downtown on the waterfront. Kirkland prides itself on its strong sense of community, features unique neighborhoods and places a strong emphasis on maintaining a highly desirable quality of life for its residents. Kirkland takes great pride in its 13 neighborhoods, each of which possesses a distinct identity.
Houghton, Everest, Evergreen Hill, Finn Hill, Highlands, Juanita, Lakeview, Market. Moss Bay, Norkirk, North and South Rose Hill, Bridle Trials, Totem Lak
Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront destination with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining and boutique shopping. Located on the shores of Lake Washington just east of Seattle, no other city in the Puget Sound region has as many waterfront parks and beaches as Kirkland. Kirkland is home to award-winning hotels, wineries and restaurants and hosts a dynamic repertoire of events spanning art openings and performances to athletic events, wine festivals and outdoor concerts. From adventure and outdoor activities to shopping, strolling and sipping Washington wine with a water view, come explore all Kirkland has to offer.