The neighborhood of Juanita is situated in northern Kirkland. It’s bordered on the west by Lake Washington, the east by I-405, the north by Finn Hill and Bothell and the south by Forbes Creek. Its population is about 13,000 people.
Juanita serves as a bedroom community for Seattle and other Eastside cities such as Bellevue and Redmond. Most commuters use I-405 or take advantage of multiple park-n-rides and have commutes of about 25 minutes one way. Its prime location and amenities make it very desirable. In 2013, the median market time was only 10 days.
While there are several parks in the area, the heart and soul of the neighborhood is Juanita Beach, especially in summer. There is an enclosed swimming area, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic Little League fields and more. On Friday evenings, you can also find a farmers market, loaded with fresh fruits & veggies.
Within walking distance of the park are several small restaurants and businesses in Juanita village. This includes perennial fish & chips favorite, Spuds and restaurants representing a variety of cuisines from around the world. Or if you wish, you can visit Café Juanita, who’s chef Holly Smith was victorious on an episode of “Iron Chef America.”
Housing in Juanita is a mix of apartments or condos and single family homes. In 2013, 37% of home sales were condominiums. The median condo was 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, 1016 square feet and sold for $185,000. Prices ranged from $70,000-$580,000. The most expensive condo was almost 1800 square feet and is on the water.
Of single family homes sold in Juanita in 2013, the median home was 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2085 Square feet and sold for $449,000. Prices ranged from $195,000 for a small fixer, to $2.3 million for a modern home with 5500 square feet and 75 feet of waterfront.