Located along the north eastern coastline of Lake Washington, the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, and Kirkland comprise this area of King County. The area is just 5 miles north of Bellevue and a 10 mile drive from downtown Seattle. Kirkland is home to a Google engineering center and an extensive park system comprising 25% of the city's waterfront along Lake Washington. Kids may attend either the Lake Washington or Northshore school district - both top performing districts in Washington.
Major highways offer Seattle and Bellevue access.
Several bus routes provide access within the area and to major downtown areas; however, more bus options exist near Bothell and Kirkland, whereas the routes serving Kenmore are fewer. I-405 runs directly through the area (north to south), with State Route 522 and 520 bordering the north and south, respectively. Morning drive commutes to downtown Bellevue are quick at 15 minutes, with drives to Seattle clocking in at 40 minutes.
Visit one of the four nearby library branches.
Offering more than 4.1 million items, including books, newspapers, audio and videotapes, CDs, DVDs and online resources, the King County Library system is a wealth of information and fun. All branches have free public Wi-Fi. The Kirkland and Kenmore branches are newly renovated with windows for natural light.
Head Start options available via school districts.
ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Head Start are early learning programs that help children under age 5 build skills that will get them ready for kindergarten, prepare them to excel in school and be successful as adults. Head Start programs are offered through the Lake Washington (at Bell Elementary) and Northshore (at Kenmore Elementary) School Districts.
Attend a top-ranked district: Lake Washington or Northshore.
Lake Washington and Northshore public schools are ranked among the top five performing districts in Washington. There are a variety of elementary, middle and high school options depending on where you may live. Talk with your Family Navigator to find out more about the specific schools in the area.
Major grocery stores, plus an outdoor summer market.
Kenmore, Kirkland and Bothell have a number of major grocery options, including Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, QFC, Safeway and Trader Joe's. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the Juanita Friday Market is open during the summer. The area is also served by the Kenmore Food Bank and Hopelink's Kirkland/Northshore Food Bank and Emergency Services.
Waterfront parks, trails and recreation activities for kids.
25% of the shoreline along Kirkland is dedicated to parks, offering lots of opportunity to enjoy the water. Kirkland also has two community centers with an array of recreation activities for all ages, including a drop-in "indoor playground" for young kids. The area is also home to St. Edwards State Park - 316 acres with lots of field space, playgrounds and picnic areas. The Burke-Gilman trails is a 27-mile paved pedestrian path that connects to Seattle and the Sammamish river trail.