Mercer Island Real Estate Information
Mercer Island is home to 23,000 residents of the Seattle area looking for an interesting place to live. Situated in the middle of Lake Washington, Mercer Island has quickly become a hotspot for residents looking to live close to downtown Seattle but not in the urban confines of the city. Conveniently connected to the central business district by the I-90 interstate freeway, residents can quickly commute from their properties on Mercer Island to the city within a matter of minutes. The bridges to and from Mercer Island are the fifth and second largest floating bridges in the world.
Due to the island’s prime location and being surrounded by water, a large proportion of residents can enjoy lakeside real estate that offers gorgeous views of the crystal water and even allows residents to have their own personal docks for private boats and watercraft. It is not uncommon to see locals recreating on the water during the late afternoons or weekends. Popular vessels on the water include jet skis, motor boats with water skis, and sail boats. For residents who would prefer keeping their feet on the ground, there are several large parks that serve the locals. Luther Burbank Park is seventy-seven acres in area and includes a public boat dock, swimming beach, picnic area, dog park, amphitheater, and tennis courts. The smaller Park on the Lid includes softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic pavilions, and grassy fields for soccer and football. The larger Pioneer Park has equestrian, bicycle, and hiking facilities.
The Mercer Island community valiantly supports several annual events like the Seattle Seafair, Summer Celebration, Fourth of July Extravaganza, and even the Island Wars, which is a high school lacrosse rivalry between the local high school and Bainbridge Island’s high school. The extremely popular Mercer Island School District operates six exceptional school campuses on the island. There are three elementary schools, including Island Park Elementary School, Lakeridge Elementary School, and West Mercer Elementary School as well as Islander Middle School and Mercer Island High School. An alternative high school option is the Crest Learning Center. There are also a few prestigious private institutions based on Mercer Island.