Debra Sinick

Who Are Burke and Farrar and What Affect Did They Have on Kirkland Real Estate?

In Kirkland WA, Kirkland, WA Real Estate on April 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Name of developers of Kirkland, Wa

Burke & Farrars

Matt McCauley posted an article on Kirkland Views about Kirkland’s Heritage Park. In this post, Matt also mentions two people who had a big impact on eastside growth and development, Burke and Farrar.  The names caught my attention.  As a Realtor, I’ve seen the names Burke and Farrar pop up all over the map, literally.  Burke and Farrar owned a development company and platted hundreds of acres of the eastside.   The legal name of many of these neighborhoods is as Matt states:

….the plat name would be ‘Burke & Farrar’s Kirkland Addition to the City of Seattle Division No. XX’

Most people refer to their neighborhoods by the more widely known popular names, such as the Kirkland Highlands or Rose Hill. The legal name of a neighborhood is not something most of us think about or even know. But if you live in the Highlands, the legal name for your property may include the above description.  If your home is in a newer section of the Highlands, the lots were more  likely redrawn and given new legal names and descriptions.  But if your home is on a lot that was platted during the first part of the 20th century, it may have the above  included in the legal description.

Some of the neighborhoods with this legal description are not even in Kirkland, but in cities, such as Redmond.    When I list a home, some of my clients will ask me why their neighborhood, which may not be in Kirkland, has  “Kirkland” in the legal description.  Burke and Farrar had a far reaching impact on the first big wave of eastside growth.

I wrote a post a couple of years ago about some of Kirkland’s history and the two men who had a great impact on it, Burke and Farrar.

If you’re curious about the legal description for your property, you can check it out at the King County assessor’s website or feel free to contact me.


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