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
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