Kirkland may often get overshadowed by its neighbor Seattle, but those who are familiar with the area know that Kirkland is a star entirely of its own. The original base of the Seattle Seahawks boasts a bevy of wonderful waterfront restaurants, an abundance of gorgeous homes, a thriving arts and culture scene, and 54 splendid parks. Between its gorgeous weather and outstanding schools, it’s frequently thought of as one of the most glorious places to live in the Pacific Northwest.
If you’ve witnessed some of its splendors, you may have decided to start scouting out Kirkland homes for sale. Brilliant move, but where do you start? Read on for Kirkland realtor Roman Shulyak’s complete home-buying guide to getting started on your endeavor.
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Explore Kirkland at length
Several of Kirkland’s finest neighborhoods include:
- South Rose Hill
- Lake View
- Moss Bay
Decide on the specifics
Once you’ve given this deliberation, decide on the amount of space you will need to be content. Keep in mind that a home’s amount of storage space and parking availability should factor into this.
Draw up your wish list
There are basic needs, such as a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a garage to keep your vintage Porsche out of the elements. These are the bare minimum requirements that your Kirkland house ought to possess.
Then, there are your wish-list items. These will be subjective, but they are one of the keys to guaranteeing that you will be happy for however long you remain in your home.
Do you want a grand, spa-grade bathroom where you can savor a serene, long bath after a long day of work? Do you want a spacious backyard where you can teach your children to play catch or a wine-tasting room to take advantage of Washington’s 1,000-plus wineries? Or would you prefer a spare room that would allow you to install that home gym and Peloton you’ve been craving? If you have a partner or family, ask for their wish lists as well. You may not be in a position to achieve all of your family’s longings right off the bat, but purchasing a Kirkland home that can accommodate them at some point in the future will help you narrow down your search.
Attend several showings and open houses
True: Buying homes sight unseen increased in the last two years as the housing market shot up to “red hot” status. And yet, if it’s feasible, it may behoove you to attend showings and open houses for the properties your real estate agent discovers. Homes have a soul and an energy that oftentimes must be felt and experienced in person, in real time. Of course, you might find your dream home immediately, but it’s more likely that you won’t discover the home that will suit you best until you’ve toured a handful of available properties.
Ask the necessary questions
Are you searching for a prime piece of Kirkland, WA, real estate? Expert Roman Shulyak is the agent you want on your side as you find the most optimal fit. Reach out to Roman to realize your hope of living, loving, and owning in one of Washington’s greatest cities.
*Header photo courtesy of Roman Shulyak