Tucked between Bellevue and Seattle, Mercer Island is anchored to land by one of the longest floating bridges in the world. Its sister bridge, the SR 520, is the grand champion. Beginning in 1914, before the bridges were built, car traffic would come from Seattle and off-load at the Roanoke dock. Since you couldn’t drive on the island, the Roanoke Inn was created to cater to tourists and is now Mercer Island’s iconic local watering hole.
Showcasing a more self-paced lifestyle, the island is removed from the hustle and bustle. Its impeccable location puts you within 10 minutes of all the big city grandeur. Mercer Island is seeped in history and heritage, it has the highest percentage of Jewish residents than any other city in the state. The island's natural beauty and amenities make it the perfect place for those looking for some R&R, rejuvenate and relax! Statement waterfront properties with unbridled views are prime destinations for anyone looking to catch their breath and take in majestic views of Mount Rainier. Mercer Island is the unofficial host with the best vantage point for Seattle’s yearly Seafair where you can witness the Blue Angels zoom over the islands shores.
Access to community parks and pools, outdoor films, summer camps, and the charming Island Books story time, make it a perfect choice for families looking for a healthy community feel and nationally ranked schools. One fan favorite is Luther Burbank Park sure to entertain all ages, complete with an off leash waterfront dog park. From cul-de-sac to waterfront, Mercer Island delivers Northwest style and beauty.
The late Co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, once called Mercer Island home.