Excellent schools. Beautiful parks. Great sense of community. These are just a few highlights of Mercer Island – an island as well as a city in King County, Washington, home to over 24,000 residents.
Located at the center of Lake Washington, Mercer Island is connected by bridge to Seattle and Bellevue and is recognized as a top 50 suburb in the United States. It offers over 475 acres of parks and open space, including three public beaches, and more than 50 miles of hiking trails.
Mercer Island, named for the Mercer family of Seattle, was first settled between 1870 and 1880. The Mercer brothers often rowed between the island and Seattle to pick berries, hunt, and fish. Those brothers, Thomas Mercer and Asa Mercer, were members of the Mercer family of Virginia. The first large settlement, East Seattle, was toward the northwest side of the island—near the McGilvra neighborhood. During 1889, a C C Calkinsbuilt a large and gilded resort, the Calkins Hotel. The hotel was reached via steamboat between Madison Park, Leschi Park, and the Eastside. Guests included President Benjamin Harrison, of 1901, amongst other well-to-do dignitaries from Seattle to the Eastcoast of the USA. Burnt by a mysterious fire, the hotel was razed during 1908.
Mercer Island is highly sought after by families looking to raise their children on the Island for its safety and excellent schools; young professionals who enjoy the easy commute and quiet remove; and retirees who seek out the many opportunities for community gathering and involvement.
In fact, Mercer Island’s “great sense of community” is a local buzz phrase – most easily experienced at the Mercer Island Farmers Market, the place to be every Sunday throughout the summer.
Mercer Island is home to one of the top school districts in Washington state Mercer Island Schools will deliver a 21st century education that prepares students to convert information into knowledge and create innovative solutions demanded by tomorrow’s world.
The School Board developed its Vision, Mission and “Ends” with significant input from parents, students, staff, and community members, as well as education and business experts. They are embodied in Board Policy 2020, initially adopted in 2009. The "Ends" or Fundamentals have been revised and updated as Board members continually link with constituents and evaluate the changing world and how best to serve students.
The 2020 Fundamentals require the superintendent to make a reasonable interpretation of each of them and the Board to set indicators to measure progress in achieving them.
Calculated using the last month
● Median List Price $2.1M
● Avg. Sale / List 99.9%
● Median List $/Sq Ft $613
● Avg. Number of Offers 2
● Median Sale Price $1.49M
● Avg. Down Payment 37.3%
● Median Sale $/Sq Ft $584