Real Estate Spotlight: Mercer Island

Mercer Island is an affluent community situated between Seattle and other Eastside neighborhoods.  Thus, Mercer Island has easy commute to and from Downton Bellevue, Downtown Seattle, as well as recreation areas farther east.  In addition, Mercer Island has great schools, access and views of Lake Washington, and a commercial center for residents to enjoy.. Living on an island presents a unique opportunity, and the Mercer Island real estate is a hot commodity.

Mercer Island

Views from Mercer Island of Lake Washington and beyond.

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Duwamish Native Americans believed that Mercer Island was inhabited by evil spirits, and another story tells of their fears of the island sinking every night. Thus they largely steered clear of the area, but settlers eventually took their chances and began moving in. The island was named in 1860 after Judge Thomas Mercer, and the area was slow to attract residents, nearly until the completion of the I-90 bridge in the 1940s. Population grew, and a retail core began to develop & thrive.

Points of Interest

Mercer Island has much to offer residents and visitors including two business districts, one on the Northside of the island, and another around Pioneer Park which has a number of hiking and walking trails. Luther Bank Park is another expansive park and features a huge off-leash dog areas. Check out the swimming hole at Groveland Beach, and watch Seafair from Audrey Davis Park. Dining options include Bennet’s Pure Food Bistro, and the historic Roanoke Inn built in 1914.

Mercer Island Residential Market Report

Mercer Island is a luxury real estate market.  A long narrow island with approximately 800 waterfront homes and many more with views of Lake Washington, average prices on Mercer Island generally outpace the surrounding areas.

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