GET TO KNOW Kenmore
At the northern end of Lake Washington lies the suburb of Kenmore, a locale much loved for its views and easy access to Seattle and the east side of the lake. It's a small city, settled in the early 1900s and incorporated in 1998. During the last census in 2010, its population was just over 20,000 and is now around 23,000. That's not a huge leap, but it reflects the steady growth one finds throughout the region. A mix of bedroom community and one-time country retreat. Kenmore's port, which is one of the only freshwater industrial ports left on Lake Washington is at its core as is the home of Kenmore Air. That said, the majority of residents are still commuters. Residents also have access to ample green spaces and public facilities, and the crown jewel of this is Saint Edward State Park.
WHERE TO SHOP
Snapdoodle Toys: Not just a toy shop, but a place for creative exploration that also offers educational camps for kids in summer.
WHERE TO CHILL
The Hangar at Town Square: An openly designed public venue for relaxation and performance in the heart of downtown, with Diva Espresso serving up coffee inside.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Saint Edward State Park: 326 acres of sprawling parkland, including boat launches for Lake Washington and superb trails.
WHERE TO EAT
The Local 104: A cozy, casual pizza spot with a wood-fired oven and 30 taps for the beer fans.
WHERE TO DRINK
Seaplane Kitchen and Bar: Enjoy local spirits, wines, and beers, high-quality diner eats and pizza, and delish housemade sodas and shrubs.
LIVE IN Kenmore
$365 kCondo Avg.
$723 kSingle Family Avg.
$2 Bedroom Rent