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Population: 85,000

Location: Most downtown businesses are located within the rectangle bordered by Marina Park and the waterfront to the west; Central Way to the north; 6th Street to the east; and Kirkland Avenue and Kirkland Way to the south.

Why people move to this neighborhood: Downtown Kirkland is a clean, vibrant center with plenty of restaurants, galleries, performance venues and businesses. It’s close to Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue, with a calm waterfront and park along Lake Washington.

Distance from downtown Seattle: 14 miles, 20 minutes by car without traffic

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School district: Lake Washington School District

Major employers: Google, Nintendo, Microsoft

Walk score (out of 100) : 89

Transit score (out of 100) : 50

Bike score (out of 100) : N/A

Recreation: The city’s commercial core has plenty of greenery, including the waterfront Marina Park and more central Peter Kirk Park. The Kirkland Parkplace shopping mall is next to Peter Kirk Park.

Historical facts: The city is named after Peter Kirk, a wealthy steel tycoon who envisioned a “Pittsburgh of the West.” Kirk, along with a few other Seattle businessmen, built the Moss Bay Iron and Steel Works on the eastern shore of Lake Washington in 1880, though the mill was unsuccessful and never actually produced any steel, according to the city’s website.

Zillow Home Value Index (as of October 2015) : $1,330,100

Zillow Rent Index (as of October 2015) : $4,015

The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. The Zillow Rent Index is the monthly median rent Zestimate.
 Sources: 2014 Census estimate; walkscore.com; Zillow