The Lakes, an all Buchan planned community, is a very popular south end neighborhood on Mercer Island. Built in the 1980s, the Lakes development pulls its name from the man-made lakes which dot landscape throughout the neighborhood. The house style is very uniform throughout The Lakes; the homes are either a rambler or two-story traditional. 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. The Lakes treats are known to be excellent!