GET TO KNOW Mercer Island
Mercer Island is home to ultra-wealthy estates, posh lakeside properties, and working-class housing complexes. Neither Seattle nor Bellevue. It can often feel like an earlier version of either. Thousands and thousands of people pass through it every day along I-90. But its main streets maintain a small-town feel. (And not just cars, but also cyclists use the paths that connect it to the east and west sides of the lake.) But if people explored Mercer Island more (even just the more densely populated north end). They would find frequent community activities, super cute family businesses, and spectacular views. There's a reason that some established and wealthy residents didn't want more mass transit coming through. They want to keep this little gem in Lake Washington trapped in amber amid major changes on the mainland. But there is no reason to believe that more people discovering and loving Mercer Island will do more than enjoy it as its residents do now.
WHERE TO SHOP
Oh! Chocolate: The flagship location of this long-time Seattle confectionary is both a shop and kitchen where guests can take chocolate classes.
WHERE TO CHILL
Island Books: More than a bookstore, a community hub for over fifty years with lots of kid-focused activities and friendly staff.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Luther Burbank Park: 77 acres of parkland, with boating facilities and areas for swimming and fishing at the spectacular northeast corner of the island.
WHERE TO EAT
Bennett's: An upscale diner known for super rich Mac & Cheese and early and late happy hours (with scaled down servings of that Mac & Cheese on the menu).
WHERE TO DRINK
Roanoke Inn: A low-key local watering hole at the north end of the island, with tasty bar food and a full bar.
LIVE IN Mercer Island
$480 kCondo Avg.
$1.4 mSingle Family Avg.
$2 Bedroom Rent