Exploring Mercer Island
Beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools, and wonderfully maintained parks embrace a high quality of life on Mercer Island. Spend weekends lounging on the banks of Luther Burbank Park, try out a new downtown eatery, visit local markets, or take a drive along the North Mercer, West Mercer or East Mercer avenues that loop around the Island. Head across the lake to Seattle or Bellevue, both only a few minutes’ drive.
The Downtown Business District comprises much of the island’s shopping and eating amenities, though there is a south end shopping center as well.
Several private clubs call the Island home, including the Mercer Island Country Club, the Mercer Island Beach Club and the Mercer Island Shore Club. Mercer Island schools are consistently rated among the best schools in the state. Education is highly regarded, with an emphasis on innovative learning, technology, and attainable challenges.
Fully committed to community, Mercer Island hosts a plethora of celebrations throughout the year, including Summer Celebration, Art Uncorked, seasonal Farmer’s Markets, Mostly Music in the Park, Mercer Island Half-Marathon, and a front row seat to the Blue Angels Airshow.
Mercer Island | Northend Neighborhoods
Downtown Home to most of the island’s condo and apartment homes, Downtown is known for its walkability. The Downtown core is the future site of a light rail station 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.
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.
Fruitland Acres & El Dorado Beach Club 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 located here.
Mercerdale One of the greatest walking neighborhoods on the Island near three well-loved island parks: Mercerdale Park, Hillside Park and Homestead Field.
North Mercer Known for its views and premium waterfront, North Mercer is located north of I-90 and is home to the Lid Park, I-90 bike trail, Luther Burbank Park, and Mercer View CEC.
Shorewood The Shorewood neighborhood is home to the Shorewood Heights Apartments, the largest apartment complex on Mercer Island.
Mercer Island | Westside Neighborhoods
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.
Mercer Island | Eastside Neighborhoods
East Mercer Home to one of the most unique settings on Mercer Island, East Mercer is heavily treed, 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) are 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. Coveted for its central sense of micro-community, Ellis Pond enjoys fantastic access to amenities.
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.
Mercer Island | Southend Neighborhoods
Groveland 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 This neighborhood is close to two island schools – Lakeridge Elementary and Islander Middle School. This planned community borders Pioneer Park to the north and is adjacent to the South End Shopping Center, where the immensely popular 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 is just northeast of the neighborhood.
Southend The South end of the Island enjoys sunny exposure and a tranquil setting. Its many diverse neighborhoods connect this community together.
Tarywood A highly desirable neighborhood, the homes in Tarywood Estates are typically the Buchan or Hammond architectural style, which have a NW Contemporary feel.
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. 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 Parks & Recreation
The sylvan nature of Mercer Island is beautifully demonstrated within the well-maintained park and trail system. Hike, bike, walk, play, swim, participate in organized sports, or simply enjoy the natural surroundings Mercer Island offers.
On the north end, the 20-acre Lid Park offers families countless hours of playtime with its children’s play area, sports fields, and basketball courts. Three of the large city parks – Luther Burbank Park, Clark Beach, and Groveland Beach Park – have beaches. Luther Burbank contains 4,000 feet of shoreline, a boat dock and fishing pier, three miles of maintained trails, and children’s play area, tennis courts, and the city’s off-leash dog park. The south end’s Pioneer Park, contains 113 wooded acres and its Southeast quadrant is specifically set up for horseback riding.
Check out a full list of parks at the City of Mercer Island website: www.MercerGov.org.