This neighborhood was developed as Peter Kirk (after whom Kirkland is named) started his push toward making the city “the Pittsburg of the West.” Originally, the land was platted so that steel workers and executives would live together in the same neighborhood. And although the steel mill was never a success, the neighborhood itself saw prosperity. Several of the original buildings still stand and act as historical landmarks. The houses to the west of Market tend to be of an older style, while to the east of Market, homes reflect the craftsman style that was popular when the area saw a new boom in the 1940s.
Activities and Attractions
One of the most impressive structures in this neighborhood is the Kirkland Arts Center, originally built in 1892 and called the Peter Kirk Building. Today, the Arts Center features local artists’ work in their gallery and offers education classes in crafts such as ceramics, painting, sculpting, and multimedia arts.
Another trend in this business district is the personal beauty/wellness scene. There are spas, hair salons, tattoo parlors, yoga studios, and even an acupuncture clinic. The one thing that is conspicuously absent is any place to eat; for that, you’ll have to head south to downtown or north to Juanita.
There are several parks nearby: Kiwanis and Waverly Parks are small ones along the water that mostly feature picnic benches and grassy knolls. Heritage Park, on the other hand, has more trails, tennis courts, and Heritage Hall, an event space that is available for private events.
Homes in West/East of Market, Kirkland
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Market Street runs north out of downtown Kirkland. The surrounding neighborhood—often divided into two categories ‘west of Market’ and ‘east of Market’—has both historic charm and new construction.