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Overview of Kenmore

Located on the northern shore of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a beautiful city with many inviting attractions. Family Circle Magazine named Kenmore as one of the 10 best towns for families, which is a testament to the city’s safe environment and highly-acclaimed school district. The city is home to a number of state and local parks with scenic nature trails and deep-rooted history. With more than 20,000 residents, Kenmore maintains a strong sense of community and a relaxed atmosphere. Look for Kenmore apartments for rent, and find a high quality of life on Lake Washington.

Living in Kenmore, WA

Kenmore was founded by John and Annie McMasters in 1901 and named after their hometown of Kenmore, Ontario. The couple leased land from Watson Squire to build a shingle mill on Lake Washington. Most access in and out of the city came by water, until the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway brought improved connections to Seattle and other nearby cities. During the Prohibition era, Kenmore became an important part of the Seattle Jazz scene with its acclaimed restaurants and substantial illegal alcohol industry.

World War II drastically transformed downtown Kenmore, as the city’s proximity to Seattle led to post-war housing developments. This continued for several decades, resulting in a downtown revitalization in the mid-20th century. Kenmore was officially incorporated as a city in 1998, and today is one of Seattle’s most popular bedroom communities.

Kenmore Work and Study

Kenmore is home to Bastyr University, which is the largest university for natural health, arts and sciences in the United States. The globally respected degree programs combine a multidisciplinary curriculum with cutting-edge research and clinical training. More than 1,000 students come to Bastyr each year to study naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, whole food nutrition, herbal sciences, exercise science, psychology and midwifery. The university runs research studies in the areas of oncology, neurology and detoxification, among others, which invite students to gain hands-on experience in their field. Bastyr University is joined by a number of other educational opportunities in the greater Seattle area.

For those seeking work, Kenmore boasts an independent economic core fueled by special trade contracting and durable goods as the city has one of the largest industrial ports on Lake Washington. Kenmore is home to many large companies including Kenmore Ready-Mix Pacific Topsoils, Michael Homchick Stoneworks, Plywood Supply, Alaska General Seafoods, The James G. Murphy Company and the Rinker Materials’ Kenmore manufacturing plant. Many people take advantage of these lucrative local opportunities and work in various business and office positions. Kenmore is also home to the headquarters of Kenmore Air, a regional seaplane airline that offers scheduled and chartered flights from Lake Washington. Local residents work in jobs to support the airfield and regional transportation.

Rentals in Kenmore, WA and Cost of Living

Life on Lake Washington is very desirable, which unfortunately drives rent prices up in Kenmore. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics the average apartment here costs $1,054 a month, which is $150 more than the Washington state average. Everyday living expenses are also relatively pricey in Kenmore. The city received a cost of living index of 113.1, which is above the national average of 100, according to city-data.com. Despite the costs, the scenic views and peaceful lifestyle of the Northwest keep Kenmore apartments in high demand.

Kenmore Attractions and Special Events

Kenmore has many attractions tailored to the city’s unique culture. The Arts of Kenmore is a nonprofit organization that works to promote community enrichment through the arts. They sponsor a number of musical, visual and other performances throughout the year at the Northshore Performing Arts Center that Kenmore families can enjoy together. The Kenmore History Walk is another local favorite, inviting visitors to explore the past, present and future of Kenmore’s rich heritage through Log Boom Park.

Kenmore residents are also passionate about maintaining the natural beauty of their environment, and host events such as Beautify Kenmore to clean local parks, and a recycling event where residents can properly dispose of waste products.

To find a Kenmore apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

King Arthurs Court - Seattle, WA 98125
11

Seattle, WA 98125

$1150 - $1600

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seattle, WA (Lake City, North Seattle...)


$1150 - $1600

80 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Corbella at Juanita Bay - Kirkland, WA 98034
14

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1485 - $1745

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Kirkland, WA (South Juanita)


$1485 - $1745

169 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Emerson Apartments - Kirkland, WA 98034
16

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1325 - $2126

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (Totem Lake)


$1325 - $2126

207 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Evergreen Heights Apartments - Kirkland, WA 98034
15

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1476 - $2315

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (Totem Lake)


$1476 - $2315

200 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ballinger Commons - Shoreline, WA 98133
15
(201)

Shoreline, WA 98133

$1213 - $2180

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Shoreline, WA (Shoreline)

(201)

$1213 - $2180

485 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ascent Apartment Homes - Kirkland, WA 98034
12

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1467 - $2203

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (Firloch, North Rose Hill)


$1467 - $2203

90 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Slater 116 - Kirkland, WA 98033
20

Kirkland, WA 98033

$1459 - $2322

1 Bed 1 Bath

Kirkland, WA (Firloch, North Rose Hill)


$1459 - $2322

108 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

Linden Highlands - Shoreline, WA 98133
21

Shoreline, WA 98133

$850 - $1200

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Shoreline, WA (Shoreline)


$850 - $1200

82 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Montebello Apartments - Kirkland, WA 98034
16

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1711 - $2772

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (Firloch, North Rose Hill)


$1711 - $2772

248 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aspen Creek - Kirkland, WA 98033
38

Kirkland, WA 98033

$1695 - $2395

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (North Rose Hill)


$1695 - $2395

149 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chelsea At Juanita Village - Kirkland, WA 98034
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(2)

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1300 - $2595

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (South Juanita)

(2)

$1300 - $2595

196 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ondine at Juanita Bay - Kirkland, WA 98034
19

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1399 - $1885

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (South Juanita)


$1399 - $1885

102 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Starboard Apartments - Kirkland, WA 98034
17

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1496 - $1843

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Kirkland, WA (South Juanita)


$1496 - $1843

80 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Arbor Village Apartments - Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
52
(3)

Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

$1129 - $2109

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mountlake Terrace, WA (Gateway)

(3)

$1129 - $2109

123 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Campbell Run - Woodinville, WA 98072
27
(8)

Woodinville, WA 98072

$1280 - $1885

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Woodinville, WA (Town Center)

(8)

$1280 - $1885

360 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Willows Court - Seattle, WA 98125
16

Seattle, WA 98125

$1100 - $1600

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seattle, WA (Lake City, North Seattle...)


$1100 - $1600

103 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hunter's Run - Kirkland, WA 98034
19

Kirkland, WA 98034

$1230 - $1580

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Kirkland, WA (Oskams Corner)


$1230 - $1580

103 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Solara - Seattle, WA 98125
23
(6)

Seattle, WA 98125

$1125 - $2640

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seattle, WA (Cedar Park, Lake City...)

(6)

$1125 - $2640

238 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

525 at the Enclave - Seattle, WA 98125
36

Seattle, WA 98125

$1289 - $2173

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Seattle, WA (Maple Leaf, North Seattle...)


$1289 - $2173

265 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Arabella Apartment Homes - Shoreline, WA 98155
10
(3)

Shoreline, WA 98155

$1075 - $2200

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Shoreline, WA (Lake Forest Park, North City...)

(3)

$1075 - $2200

88 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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