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Kirkland

Set on the shores of Lake Washington, Kirkland is a Pacific Northwest beach town. Kirkland maintains 25% of the beachfront area as public parks, which means that all residents have easy access to the lake. Juanita Beach Park is a popular waterfront spot, with a seasonal swimming area and a weekly summer farmers market. There are also plenty of waterfront restaurants and it’s possible to cruise in your boat to dinner, docking at Carillon Point before hopping on land for your reservation. Kirkland is one of the Eastside’s more walkable towns—you can stroll between Carillon Point and downtown on the Lake View Walk, stretching 1.2 miles along the water and dotted with public art sculptures. Cyclists have the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a 5.75 mile-rail trail that connects eight city neighborhoods. And if you’re an equestrian, there’s Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre park that’s been horse heaven for decades.

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Living in Greater Seattle

The splendid natural geography of the Seattle suburbs, which are surrounded by lakes, mountains, and fog-covered evergreens, defines the scenic string of towns that form Greater Seattle. The cities across Lake Washington are collectively known as the Eastside and mainly located in King County, while the North Country encompasses the towns in Snohomish County. There’s a deep concentration of tech companies in the region and many of these cities serve as economic hubs in their own right, including Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, outposts of Amazon and Facebook in Bellevue, and a new Google campus in Kirkland. Each town has a distinct personality and there’s a perfect Seattle suburb for almost everyone, whether you prefer an apartment in an urban core, a lakefront estate, or a rural farmhouse. Locals love to embrace the outdoors, with plentiful hiking, biking, swimming, and boating opportunities wherever you go.