If you can afford a home in Mercer Island, it’s a great place to raise kids because it’s a tight knit, safe, and quiet community. Known for its great schools, beaches and parks (Mercerdale Park, Pioneer Park, Luther Burbank Park, Clark Beach, Calkins Landing, and Groveland Beach), community centers, and year-round community events, you’ll find many families on Mercer Island. It’s also common to bump into neighbors out with their kids on bikes or walking their dogs. Residents can drive or bike to a cute downtown area with grocery stores, restaurants, yoga studios, salons, and shops. For a night out, it’s just a short drive to Downtown Seattle or Bellevue.  


Mercer Island is an island community characterized by wealthy families and retirees. The residents are mostly Caucasian and Jewish, with a growing Asian community. 

Home values

Mercer Island is among the most expensive neighborhoods in Washington State. The average listing is $1.6M, which is 4,316 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Inventory is slightly higher than other neighborhoods with approximately 70 houses on the market. The average rent is $2,808. Its island location means lots of waterfront property. 


Conveniently located between Seattle and the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah), commutes via 1-90 are fairly easy. Depending on traffic, it’s 10-20 minutes to Downtown Seattle or the Eastside. If 520 is closed or there’s a Sounder, Seahawks, or Mariners game, the drive into Seattle could take a bit longer than 20 minutes. 


Unless you live in a condo or apartment in the downtown area, you will need a car to run errands. Bike routes are good and public transit is limited.


Based solely on test scores, Mercer Island is the #1 school district in Washington State. There are 3 elementary schools (Island Park, Lakeridge, and West Mercer), 1 middle school (Islander), and 1 high school (Mercer Island). There’s a 4th elementary school in the works, slated to open in the next 2 years.


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A picture is worth a thousand words, get a glimpse of Mercer Island in the photos below.