Welcome to Mercer Island
A secluded island on Lake Washington with custom homes and beautiful views
This peaceful and secluded island sits in the middle of Lake Washington near the major cities of Seattle and Bellevue. Named after Judge Thomas Mercer in the late 1800s, who was one of three brothers that settled in the area at the time, this town is full of all the quiet charm you could ever ask for. It wasn’t until the 1940s when the bridge to Seattle was built, that it began growing in population and has continued to grow and blossom ever since. The surrounding water and its amenities are only a portion of what this town has to offer, with an abundance of parks and outdoor recreational areas to enjoy on the island. If you’re looking for exceptional views and a peaceful and quiet area to live in with easy commuting, look no further than Mercer Island.
The neighborhoods that make up Mercer Island are all unique and offer their own touch of island history, whether it’s a historic building or the history that is part of the area. You’ll find an assortment of homes that take up the middle of the island, which include beautiful, tree-lined streets and shaded parks mixed in with traditional ranches, contemporary, and craftsman homes. There is also an assortment of lakefront neighborhoods that offer everything from smaller cottages to luxurious custom-built homes with panoramic views. Still, some areas of the island remain secluded and provide residents a chance to enjoy a peaceful slice of paradise away from the bustling town center. Whatever your preferences are, Mercer Island is sure to have them.
What to Love
- Gorgeous water views
- Farmers Market Sundays
- Small-town charm with easy commuting
- Festivals and community activities
Residents enjoy the quiet and peaceful living that Mercer Island, Washington has to offer. It has small-town charm and community events that make this place unmatched. Whether it’s days hiking or riding along the many trails or an afternoon on the lake enjoying time with the family, there’s plenty to enjoy. Downtown offers residents a variety of shopping and dining options in addition to recreation and community gatherings. Plus, the ease of commuting to Seattle ensures plenty more right across the water.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you’re looking for an assortment of shopping and dining, look no further than downtown Mercer Island. You’ll find quaint boutique options like Terra Bella, a locally owned gift and home shop with a stunning selection of options for all your needs. Island Books has been a community staple for over 40 years. It offers a magical atmosphere and place to gather with friends in addition to an exceptional number of books. The Boutique Lounge is another island option that provides an assortment of unique shopping from apparel and accessories to home goods.
Restaurant options are plentiful and range from quick treats like La Fete Patisserie Francaise and its freshly made baked goods to upscale options like Barrels Wine Bar. The Roanoke Inn is a favorite gathering place with a fun atmosphere, exceptional food, and plenty of happy hour fun.
Things to Do
Mercer Island has no shortage of things to do, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors. With over 475 acres of parks and trails to be explored, those that enjoy biking, hiking, and even horseback riding, will find their days full of lush, green trees and gorgeous views. Luther Burbank Park is on the water and full of local history. This park has playgrounds, picnic tables, tennis courts, fishing, boating, a dog area, and so much more.
Residents also attend events held throughout the year for the community and visitors alike. These events, like the Summer Festival and Navy-Blue Angels, provide a chance for friends and family to gather and enjoy life on the island.