Mercer Island’s East Seattle heritage is chock full of milestones—it was considered the first real neighborhood on the island and is steeped in rich history. The homes in this neighborhood range from charming bungalows to luxurious waterfront properties. Because of the age of the neighborhood, the streets were built in a grid-like pattern with alley-ways and street end parks. There are numerous public water access points. East Seattle is home to several wonderful viewpoints and landings—providing excellent waterfront access for recreation like wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming/wading, kayaking and canoeing and watching Seafair activities.