On the north end of the island, shops, restaurants, artwork and benches line the streets of the quaint downtown business district. This area is also where the primary concentration of apartments and condominiums is situated.
Mercer Island’s old-fashioned Summer Celebration is a favorite local festival held during the second weekend in July. Clowns, fireworks, jugglers, crafts and more appeal to residents.
More than 475 acres of parks grace the island, including one that runs on top of the I-90 West tunnel. This 22-acre park creates one of the most expensive and unusual stretches of interstate in the country.
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Downtown Seattle 10-15 minutes
Bellevue 10-15 minutes
Mercer Island is located directly between Seattle and the Eastside and offers convenient access to both. Home to some of the regions wealthiest people, Mercer Island is loaded with beautiful lake front homes and boasts a strong school system.
In recent years there have been a number of new condominium developments within the commercial core of Mercer Island. This has opened up opportunities for more people to find rental options on Mercer Island and has created more of an urban village feel to the Mercer Island commercial district. With the exception of one or two sprawling complexes, apartments and condominiums outside of the commercial core at the north end of the island are virtually non-existent.
There are a large number of private homes on the island and quite a few come available for rent. Homes toward the center of the island tend to be priced more affordably as these homes do not typically offer views and are located in more modest neighborhoods. Circling the island are high end waterfront homes and view homes that rest on the hills above the lake. These homes offer spectacular lake views and lake/sunset views to the west.