Growing up for 4 years around Kirkland Washington gave me even more of an appreciation for the Pacific Northwest. I was raised in Port Angeles but when I went to Northwest University at 18 my entire world changed. I existed between Bellevue and Kirkland for 4 years while attending school and would make the monthly trip back to the Olympic Peninsula over the Kingston or Bainbridge Island ferry.
As much as those ferry rides and long waits sometime aggravated me, I learned to have that appreciation of the area in which I lived. Looking back now, I miss the smell of the Puget Sound, the seagulls following the ferry and the simultaneous view of the mountains and the water.
Kirkland Washington is a great place to live not only for the view but the centrally located suburbs all around the larger cities of Bellevue and Seattle. These bigger towns are great for holiday shopping, major industrial companies and great jobs but living in the Kirkland real estate area is really where it's at.
A short 10 minutes from Kirkland to Bellevue is all commuters have to deal with and a quick jaunt across Lake Washington is what Seattle workers would face should they choose to live in Kirkland. As with any major metropolitan city there is some traffic issues and the government officials are always trying to alleviate that issue. I think it's the on-going debate on what to do. But depending on what time of day you travel, there are breaks in the traffic making the trek across the pond a beautiful one.
Kirkland itself has a wide variety of neighborhoods. There are several distinct communities in the Kirkland area from Rose Hill to the east to Downtown and Central right on the water. Whatever you are looking for, you can usually find what you need in a price range you feel comfortable with. Kirkland often is home to some of the more elite members of the Puget Sound offering homes in the millions. But it's also counter-acted with some lovely neighborhood homes in the low $300s as well. These homes are close to schools, dozens of parks and every amenity one could want.
Kirkland has great dining and shopping plus a local theater playing all the latest showings. Right on the water is some great shopping spots such as Sur La Table and home decor boutiques. There is also the famous Seattle's Best Coffee right down on the water. This came in handy on those late studying nights.
The Kirkland waterfront is something every one should see. Starting from Carillon Point and the great dining such as the Beach Cafe and Starbucks. (When I lived there I worked as a valet for the point and there was the fabulous restaurant, Cucina Cucina. We used to sit and just indulge on their rosemary olive flat bread!) Now other restaurants have made their mark on Carillon Point which is also home to the hotel and marina.
Speaking of Marina, Kirkland offers the Yacht Club right on the water in south Kirkland. This unique and exclusive club offers great dining and some of the best yachts in the area.
Kirkland is a wonderful place to call home. If you are in the market for Kirkland homes or condos, feel free to contact the experts in this department. Hallmark Realty of Kirkland specialized in residential, commercial, land and condos in Kirkland. 425-822-1241 or email them at: email@example.com