Located on the northeast side of Lake Washington, Kirkland is located across the lake from Seattle. It's a quiet and safe city, with lots of public parks and easy access to larger mountains. Downtown Kirkland has numerous restaurants and shops along with apartments with a variety of floor plans. However, the city as a whole has a lot of suburban sprawl with strip malls and corporate housing. The cost of living is high, so renters need to check the availability of units within their price range. Some of the top employers in Kirkland include Google, PACCAR’s Kenworth Truck Company, and Astronics (no longer Costco HQ).
King County and Sound Transit provide buses that can take riders from Kirkland to nearby cities including Everett, Renton, Bothell, Bellevue, and Redmond. There are plans to expand the link light rail east to include Kirkland. There's a lot of traffic around the area, but parking isn't too hard to find with free spaces and paid parking lots and garages.
Kirkland has a mild, temperate climate. Winters are rainy and often include a few inches of snow, with an average high around 48°F (8°C). The summers are mostly dry and warm, with average high temperatures around 77°F (25°C).
Top sights and attractions
Located at 25 Lakeshore Plaza on Lake Washington, Marina Park offers a sandy beach, picnic tables, an amphitheater, and a boat launch. The park hosts many events throughout the year including summer concerts and a 4th of July celebration. It's within walking distance of numerous restaurants.