While it is surrounded by Lake Washington, Mercer Island is far from insular. Located between Bellevue and Seattle affords an easy commute to either the east or west side. Waterfront homes are marked by their own private docks for aquatic adventurers to voyage out on a boat or paddleboard. Because of its island character, there is a strong sense of community as “Islanders” take pride in the small-town atmosphere, tranquil and woodsy ambiance.
Education is paramount to the community at large, as Mercer Island’s top-rated public school system is ranked second in the state. Its most famous resident was Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Though it is home to the wealthiest zip code in Washington state, residents and visitors enjoy friendly, community oriented events year-round.