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Evergreen Hill - one of the BEST neighborhoods in Kirkland

Kirkland, WA has two zip codes (98033 and 98034) and 13 official neighborhoods. Evergreen Hill neighborhood in zip code 98034. Zip code 98034 is located north and east of Lake Washington, or Kirkland's downtown (which is in zip 98033 and has more expensive housing).

Evergreen Hill is a popular neighborhood for home buyers who can afford to buy a home in the median price range of $876K. If this price doesn't match your budget, expand your search to include homes in popular neighborhoods around Evergreen Hill.

You can see down the map of all 13 Kirkland's neighborhoods. Evergreen Hill encompasses both Kingsgate and Northeast Kirkland, which can be separate neighborhoods.

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Let's talk about local parks.

Like the Evergreen state, Kingsgate has a lot of closed and open parks. In Kingsgate, particularly, there are Kingsgate 3$4 parks that are for residents only. Another park in this area, open to the public, is 132nd Square Park, that is under renovation as of this writing and should reopen in spring 2023. New Park will have stormwater facility installed, multi-use synthetic turf field with lighting, new restroom, expanded parking with drop-off zone, new playground, walking trail and picnic shelters.

Kingsgate library

In Kingsgate is located my favorite building in this part of Kirkland, and that is Kingsgate Library! Another library is located in Downtown Kirkland. Across the Kingsgate library is Kingsgate Plaza with lots of shops, restaurants and Sno-King Arena (someone mentioned skating ;)).

Kingsgate is big enough to have two elementary schools and one middle school. That tells you how many families populate it! 124th Avenue runs north through south of the neighborhood, with eastern part belonging to John Muir Elementary School, and west part belongs to Robert Frost Elementary School (if you happen to have a child who needs special education, or Learning Center how it's called here, Frost has it, and even if you belong to Muir, your child will be bused to Frost). Right across the street from John Muir Elementary School is Kamiakin Middle School.

There is a hospital here in Evergreen Hill, but not just any hospital. EvergreenHealth in Kirkland had been recognized by healthcare company Healthgrades as one of America's finest hospitals. This is the third year in a row that EvergreenHealth has received this recognition, placing it once again in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the U.S.

EvergreenHealth Hospital

Just across the hospital, there is Totem Lake Transit Center. It features six bus bays with sheltered passenger waiting areas and bus layover space. Metro routes 230, 236, 238, 291 and 935 serve the transit center.

What's coming new in this area? WSDOT and their contractor construct a new on-ramp to I-405 at NE 132nd Street in Kirkland. Project is expected to be completed by November 2023. Travelers will have the option to access I-405 at NE 132nd Street, rather than traveling to the heavily congested NE 124th or 160th Street interchanges.

I-405 interchange project

Now, let's talk about housing and cost of living here. As you can see on the image below, Kirkland's 98034 zip code is way more affordable than zip code 98033. Kirkland as whole ended 2022 year with $1,150,250 median price (98033 $1,695,000; 98034 $950,000). If we split all this homes into single-family (houses) and condos (apartments) we'll get that median price for houses in Kirkland was $1,463,000 and condos $580,000. Zip code 98033 had median price for houses $2,122,950 while for condos was $838,500. Zip code 98034, where our Evergreen Hill is, had median price for houses $1,227,500 and $500,000. Months of supply is around 1 month which indicates a strong market. How many days a property sits on the market before going into a contract to purchase is another indicator of the market activity. Median days on the market in all Kirkland areas is 6 days, and average days on market is around 20. That's a very strong market, still, despite housing activity slowing down, high mortgage rates and big inflation (as of this writing, January 2023).

Overall, cost of living in Kirkland is above national average (US average is 100, and Kirkland is 179), not to mention that housing prices are three times more expensive than US average (329.5). The only two expenses lower than national average are health and utility costs.

Average RENT in Kirkland by bedroom size:

  • studio $1,597

  • 1-bedroom $1,661

  • 2-bedrooms $1.951

  • 3-bedrooms $2,669

  • 4-bedroom $3,136

Cost of living in Kirkland, WA is 35.7% higher than national average. Kirkland prices increased 2.8% in 2023 from a year ago, most in the transportation, food and health sectors.

On the other hand, Evergreen Hill neighborhood is much more affordable in terms of housing costs than, for example, downtown Kirkland.

Follow Evergreen Hill Neighborhood Association on Facebook if interested or living there.

Evergreen Hill Neighborhood is one of a kind for many reasons including its location, amenities and activities. Adjacent to the gorgeous wine country of Woodinville, Kingsgate serves as a bridge between the cities of Woodinville and Kirkland.

Marina Zaric, real estate broker

If I did not cover some topic here, and you still have some questions about the area, don't hesitate to contact me.


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