Mercer Island

Mercer Island
Mercer Island Community Info –

Centrally located between Seattle and Bellevue is the beautiful city of Mercer Island. Home to 22,000+ residents, Mercer Island is the most populated lake-bound island in the United States. While it is an island, it is directly connected to Seattle and Bellevue city centers via Interstate 90. Mercer Island’s location in Lake Washington tops the list of attractive attributes regarding the “Rock” and makes Mercer Island a premier Puget Sound community. The north end Town Center offers a dynamic urban village vibe with shops, restaurants, coffee cafes, and professional service providers amidst and upscale condo and apartment residences. The many Mercer Island neighborhoods are each different and unique, with an eclectic mix of new and mid-century homes in a park-like setting. Locals have access 30 parks and open spaces with more than 475 acres of lush greenery, 50+ miles of marked hiking trails, and numerous landings around the island offering water access and picnicking areas.

Several treasured annual events are enjoyed by Mercer Island residents are the Mercer Island Half MarathonSummer Celebration, Mostly Music In The Park summer concert series, Seafair Hydroplane Races and Blue Angels Airshow, and Mercer Island Farmers Market (June-October). The Mercer Island Pulse blog offers timely information on local community events and happenings. Active local organizations with volunteer opportunities include Mercer Island Women’s Club, the National Charity League, Mercer Island Youth and Family ServicesMercer Island Historical Society, Mercer Island Preschool Association, Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL), Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA), and the Mercer Island Craft Guild. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Mercer Island.

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Mercer Island Neighborhoods

Mercer Island Neighborhoods

Mercer Island has a diverse group of neighborhoods spanning many generations of home building. Lush and green, the Island offers and abundance of parks and recreation opportunities on and off the water. Just a hop, skip and jump from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mercer Island has a true small town community feel where neighbors connect with neighbors. Here’s a sampling of some of the Island’s many neighborhoods (click to see photos and info):


Downtown   Home to most of the island’s condo and apartment dwellers, Downtown is known for its walkability. The island’s central business district is located in Downtown along with many restaurants, coffee shops and business catering to passersby. The Downtown core is well served by transit to Seattle and Bellevue and is the future site of a light rail station anticipated in 2023.

East Seattle   Mercer Island’s East Seattle 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. There are numerous public water access points, viewpoints and landings—providing excellent waterfront access for recreation like wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming/wading, kayaking and canoeing and watching Seafair activities.

First Hill   The First Hill neighborhood is located south of I-90, separating East Seattle from the north end of the island. This popular walking and biking neighborhood offers some of the most scenic views on Mercer Island. Throughout First Hill, there are stairs and trails which lead to the beach and the downtown business district. The homes which dot First Hill offer stylistic variety, with most of the homes originally built between the 1940s and the 1960s.

Mercerdale   One of the greatest walking neighborhoods on Mercer Island is Mercerdale.  The neighborhood features modest 1950/1960 suburban-style homes and is located west of Island Crest Way. It is fortunate to be home to three well-loved island parks: Mercerdale ParkHillside Park and Homestead Field. Mercerdale Park is where many of Mercer Island’s large annual events are held, including Mostly Music in the Park, Summer Celebration, the Mercer Island Farmers’ Market and Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireside Munch.

North Mercer   North Mercer is a waterfront neighborhood people like to call home for a long time. The street end beach access is attractive to people who love the water. This neighborhood is located north of I-90 and is one of the neighborhoods containing the Lid Park built on top of the freeway. Bicyclists can access the I-90 bike trail from North Mercer. Luther Burbank Park is located in this neighborhood, as well as the popular Community at Mercer View.

Shorewood   The Shorewood neighborhood is home to the Shorewood Heights Apartments, the largest apartment complex on Mercer Island. Legend has it that most of the island residents have lived at the Shorewood complex at least once! The South Luther Burbank trails are accessed through Shorewood, which is located just off of I-90.



Brook Bay   A highly coveted waterfront neighborhood on the west side of the Island. Comprised mostly of very large and nicely updated homes with waterfront or water views, this neighborhood has long been a draw for potential homeowners. The westernmost homes front along the water’s edge and benefit from spectacular sunsets gleaming across the water.

Forest Ave   Forest Avenue features some of the best Western Views on Mercer Island, along with some the most luxurious high-end homes and expansive private waterfront accesses. Miller Landing, one of several developed “street ends” on Mercer Island, provides excellent waterfront access for recreation like wildlife viewing, picnicking, swimming/wading, kayaking and canoeing.

Gold Coast   As the name suggests, the north end Gold Coast neighborhood is lovely. It consists exclusively of waterfront properties. The iconic island watering hole, The Roanoke Inn, is located in this neighborhood. Faben Point and Roanoke are two of the more prominent landmarks along the Gold Coast. Residents benefit from the gorgeous Lid Park, which spans over the I-90 tunnel across northwest Mercer Island with easy to access the I-90 bike trail.



East Mercer   Home to one of the most unique settings on Mercer Island, East Mercer features a rain forest setting, with deep ravines and steep hill sides. The homes here range from smaller cabins to luxury waterfront houses. Mercer Island Shore Club and Mercer Island Beach Club (MIBC) is located here. Their private member facilities include pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, beaches, volleyball, pickle ball and basketball courts, boat launch ramps and picnic areas.

Ellis Pond   A peaceful secluded pond is the namesake of this beautiful mid-island neighborhood.

Mercerwood   Home to some spectacular Eastern views, Mercerwood was the first post WW2 tract development built on the island. The prevalent home style in this neighborhood dates from the 1950s and early 1960s. Mercer Island High School, City Hall, Police Department, Library, Stroum Jewish Community Center and the Mercerwood Shore Club is located along the eastern shoreline.

Parkwood & Mercer Firs   Parkwood is aptly named, with its close proximity to Pioneer Park, Deane’s Children Park (also known as Dragon Park), Island Crest Park and 53rd Place Open Space. Both Parkwood and Mercer Firs are planned communities featuring decent territorial views, thanks to the greenbelts that border three sides of the neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are near Island Park Elementary.



Fruitland Acres & El Dorado Beach Club   One of Mercer Island’s best kept-secrets, the Fruitland and El Dorado neighborhoods are a sweet little slice of Island living.  Covenant Shores, a local retirement community billed as a “haven for nature lovers”, is also located in this area.

Groveland   The Groveland neighborhood started out as a summer bible camp, and while some of its historical cabins still are standing, most were torn down to build larger homes. The home styles in this neighborhood are eclectic, ranging from charming summer cabins built in the 1950s to newer waterfront mansions. Groveland Beach Park is located in this neighborhood.

Mercer Island Estates   The Mercer Island Estates neighborhood is close to two island schools – Lakeridge Elementary and Islander Middle School. This planned community, dating back to the 1960s, features many split level homes popular when the community was created. Pioneer Park borders the northern side of the neighborhood. Mercer Island Estates is adjacent to the South End QFC Village Shopping Center, where the immensely popular south end Starbucks is located. The Mercer Island Country Club is located here.

Scalzo and Mercer Terrace   This mid-Island neighborhood is light and sunny; the homes here are often split levels and daylight ramblers built in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Pioneer Park’s Northwest Quadrant is just northeast of the neighborhood.   The Southend Shopping Center, the Fire Station and Islander Middle School are close as well.

Southend   The South end of the Island enjoys sunny exposure and a tranquil setting. Its many diverse neighborhoods connect this community together. Pioneer Park is a beautiful place to enjoy a stroll through nature’s immense beauty.

Tarywood   Tarywood Estates is the most well-known part of the Tarywood neighborhood.  The homes in Tarywood Estates are typically the Buchan or Hammond architectural style, which have a NW Contemporary feel. Clark Beach Park is a popular place to swim and play with lawn, docks, picnic and bbq areas.

The Lakes   A very popular south end neighborhood, The Lakes is a Buchan planned community built in the 1980’s with man-made lakes central to the neighborhood. Close to The Lakes are the South Mercer Playfields, Lakeridge Elementary School and Islander Middle School. The neighborhood is in close proximity to the Mercer Island Beach Club.  Social activities are prevalent in this area.  Halloween trick-or-treating is a huge annual activity that draws children from all over the island.

Mercer Island Real Estate Market Statistical Data

Mercer Island Real Estate Market Statistical Data


The median sale price on Mercer Island increased 17.1% (to $1,546,000) over 2016. Lack of available housing was the biggest contributor in driving prices up in this often-coveted island community nestled in the heart of the metro region between Seattle and Bellevue.

Mercer Island Report

New residential development regulations implemented in November impacted the size and placement of new construction and remodeled homes. Given the current buyer demand in the Mercer Island market, the new restrictions generally only affected values where total building size was significantly diminished.

Click here to view the complete report for a neighborhood by neighborhood breakdown of Average Sale Price, size, and number of homes sold.

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Mercer Island Parks and Open Spaces

Mercer Island Parks and Open Spaces

Mercer Island Parks and Facilities

The sylvan nature of Mercer Island is beautifully demonstrated within the well-maintained park and trail system on the island. Hike, bike, walk, play, watch nature, swim, participate in organized sports – residents may enjoy all of these outdoor activities. On the north end, the 20 acre Park on the Lid offers families countless hours of playtime with its children’s play area, sports fields and basketball courts. Three of the larger city parks– Luther Burbank Park, Clarke Beach and Groveland Beach Park– have beaches. Luther Burbank itself contains 4,000 feet of shoreline, a boat dock and fishing pier, three miles of maintained trails, a children’s play area, tennis courts, and the city’s only off-leash dog park. The south end Pioneer Park contains 113 wooded acres, and its Southeast Quadrant is specifically set up for horseback riding.

Park on the Lid (Aubrey Davis Park)   72nd SE & SE 22nd
Bicentennial Park   77th SE & SE 32nd
Clarke Beach   7700 East Mercer Way
Clise Park   SE 40th & Island Crest Way
Deane’s Children’s Park   5500 Island Crest Way
Homestead Park   SE 40th & 82nd
Island Crest Park   5500 Island Crest Way
Luther Burbank Park   2040 84th Ave SE
Mercerdale Park   77th SE & SE 32nd
Pioneer Park   SE 68th & Island Crest Way
Ellis Pond   SE 47th & 90th SE
First Hill Park   SE 32nd & 72nd SE
Pea Patch Gardens   8236 SE 24th St
Roanoke Park   70th Ave SE & West Mercer Way
Rotary Park   88th SE & SE 44th
Secret Park   SE 27th & West Mercer Way
Slater Park   2835 60th Place SE
South Mercer Playfields   SE 78th & 84th SE

Photos of some of our favorite parks and events:

Park on the Lid


Island Crest Park


Luther Burbank Park


Pioneer Park


Pea Patch Gardens


Slater Park


Recreation and Events


Summer Celebration

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Mercer Island Private Clubs & Recreation Facilities

Mercer Island Private Clubs & Recreation Facilities

In addition to the many public parks and recreation amenities, Mercer Island is home to several well-known private clubs and recreation facilities. Here is a quick run down on four popular venues.

Mercer Island Beach Club | 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-3125
The Mercer Island Beach Club is located along the water at the SE tip of the Island. Known for its beautiful waterfront facilities with spectacular Mt Rainier and lake views, MIBC members enjoy swimming, aquatic sports, tennis, fitness, and social activities.
AQUATICS: 8-lane competition pool; diving board; seasonally covered activity pool; and lazy river.
TENNIS: Six hard-surface tennis courts and one regulation-size pickleball court; full-time tennis pro; lessons, tourneys, and social matches; seating area to watch and dine.
FITNESS: 2,200sf fitness facility; state-of-the-art cardio and free weight equipment; locker rooms for men, women, boys, and girls, plus lounge; group fitness classes and personal trainers.
WATERFRONT: Sandy beach for kids of all ages; lifeguarded swim dock with water slide; six moorage docks with 74 boat slips; kayak and day sailor racks.
GROUNDS: 7.5-acre property with expansive lawns; two levels of view decks with picnic tables; six communal grills with sink and prep area, plus nearby fire pit; children’s outdoor play structure.
CLUBHOUSE: party room with expansive outdoor deck; large prep kitchen and bar window; Wave Café and seating area, serving light meals and snacks.

Mercer Island Country Club | 8700 SE 71st Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-5600
The Mercer Island Country Club is located at the south end of the Island. Probably most known for its tennis facilities and tournaments, MICC also boasts swim, fitness and social activities.
TENNIS: 7 indoor courts and 8 outdoor courts; 7 pros; extensive tennis programs; USTA and women’s cup teams; MICC annual tournament; men’s night competitive program; women’s flights and monthly mixed-doubles nights. Classes for juniors with members competing in USTA and the Junior Eastside Tennis League.
AQUATICS: 8-lane, 25-yard pool with a spring diving board is covered about half the year to allow year-round use; swimming, diving and water polo teams; swim lessons, stroke clinics, lifeguarding classes and in-the-water social events.
FITNESS: Weight room and fitness studio feature state-of-the-art machines including LeMond spin bikes and TRX equipment. Six personal trainers and 13 instructors offer a wide range of classes for preschoolers through seniors.
SOCIAL: MICC’s offerings also include lounge areas, a child-care center, pro shop, outdoor BBQ and play equipment.

Stroum Jewish Community Center | 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040 | 206-232-7115
The Stroum Jewish Community Center on the east side of Mercer Island offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone from newborns to seniors. The J on Mercer Island is home to an Early Childhood School, a newly remodeled state-of-the-art auditorium, an upgraded Fitness Center, an indoor pool, and more. Membership to the SJCC is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, or national origin. We welcome everyone – you don’t have to be Jewish to join.
FITNESS: State-of-the-art HOIST strength equipment and Octane cardio machines in a 2,000 square-foot fitness center; highly qualified personal trainers; sports leagues; indoor running track; racquetball courts; drop in gym; more than 40 fitness classes for SJCC members.
AQUATICS: 25-yard indoor swimming pool with a 2 1/2-foot-deep preschool instructional area, adult lap lanes, and a certified lifeguard on duty at all times.
CULTURAL ARTS:  Newly renovated auditorium makes the J an even better artistic home for our community. In addition to the popular Seattle Jewish Film Festival, they offer a wider variety of arts programs, including concerts, theater performances, and lectures, so the greater Seattle community can come together to explore, enjoy, and engage in art.

Mercerwood Shore Club | 4150 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040 | 206-232-1622
Mercerwood Shore Club is a relaxed, easy to access club located on the eastern shores of the Island in a spectacular waterfront setting. Since 1953, the club has been bringing families together to enjoy an endless variety of programs and activities for all ages.
AQUATICS: 25-meter pool with diving board for year-round use (enclosed in a heated bubble during the winter months); full variety of swimming programs for all ages; accomplished summer sports programs and coaching; Mercerwood Swim Team and Water Polo teams; competitive swimming, diving and water polo teams for kids ages 5 and up.
WATERFRONT: MSC enjoys over 500 feet of Lake Washington waterfront with a large grass picnic area, built in BBQs, fire pits, sandy beach, playground, swimming area, and boat launch with 36 moorage slips, offering moorage from April through October. There is also a private boat ramp adjacent to the dock and storage is available for paddle boards, kayaks, day sailers, and other personal watercraft.
TENNIS: Play tennis with a beautiful view of Lake Washington on the club’s four well-maintained outdoor tennis courts; courtside viewing and social area.
CLUBHOUSE: A new 6000 sq. ft. year-round club house features lounge areas, multi-purpose room, weight room, cardio studio, hot tub and wading pool for toddlers.


Mercer Island School District

Mercer Island School District

The Mercer Island School District serves approximately 4300 students at 4 elementary schools. 1 middle school, 1 high school and 1 alternative high school program. The district enjoys a wide-spread reputation for quality and excellence with achievement test scores at the elementary, middle, and high school levels consistently the highest in the state.

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