Founded in 1880s and officially incorporated 1905. Was to be the "Pittsburgh of the West" but the Panic of 1893 dashed that dream. The city now boasts some of the most sought after real estate in the Seattle area. Location, just north of Bellevue, just west of Redmond, and just east of Seattle. Downtown Kirkland dosn't have the tall skyscrapers of Bellevue, but it does boast some of the most interesting buildings on the East-Side.