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Mercer Island Directory And Community Guide 2016-2017

“Islands can seem rather special, but then so can islanders ... most people who remove themselves MERCER ISLAND to islands regard themselves as” – Paul Therouxhaving entered paradise ... Local real estate agents agree that the Town Center restaurants, medical offices and a quality schools are the number-one variety of service businesses. reason that people move to Mercer The past few years have brought A two-level park-and-ride facility just Island. The Mercer Island School District sweeping changes to downtown Mercer has had a tradition of excellence—and Island. Successful revitalization efforts north of Interstate 90 makes public trans- top test scores—for decades. But once continue to create a vibrant and portation to Bellevue and Seattle easy– here, they love the Island for many accessible Town Center for Mercer ten minutes to either city. One can also reasons. They invariably mention its Island residents. Redevelopment connect to the Link Light Rail train to convenient location and its proximity to projects are creating new retail and Sea-Tac Airport from the park and ride. both Seattle and Bellevue. office spaces. Apartments, condomini- Preliminary construction for light rail They love the tranquil, woodsy feeling of ums and senior living units bring energy connecting Mercer Island to Seattle and the Island, a 13-square-mile oasis floating and vitality to the Town Center. Under- the Eastside has begun. The project, in the middle of Lake Washington. They ground parking and public amenities including a Mercer Island Station is love its small-town, friendly atmosphere, like courtyards, plazas, benches, public scheduled to be completed in 2023. cultivated by the fact that it is an island art, and expanded landscaping are Mercer Island and the only community in the county making downtown a very attractive Community & Events Center where the boundary of the city and the place to walk and people watch. school district are identical. Residents Restaurants and shops add vibrancy to The Mercer Island Community & Events refer to themselves as Islanders and take downtown. Summer evenings find Center, a 42,744-square-foot facility that pride in the Island’s community feel. But residents dining outside at many Town is the hub of Island life, sits atop a while it is an island, it is anything but Center restaurants. Good design, sound hillside above Luther Burbank Park with insular – it is at the center of everything economic development, and a stable a panoramic view of Lake Washington, that happens in the Puget Sound region. sales and property tax base are the Cascades and Mount Rainier. The Mercer Island residents feel safe here community-wide benefits brought about striking building has a geometric – since the Island has a very low crime by the redevelopment of the Town emphasis and an exterior façade of rate and outstanding police and fire Center. . While most of the business brick, steel, glass and metal siding. It is departments. They enjoy excellent activity on the Island is in the Town both a primary civic meeting place and a services from the city – the only city in Center, there is also a shopping center multi-generational facility for the commu- King County located on an island. serving the south end of the Island with nity, hosting events including confer- Mercer Island’s 13 square miles are home to about 23,000 people. It ranks 42nd among city populations in Wash- Board of Directors— Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce ington state. Five miles long and 2 1/2 miles wide, Mercer Island is primarily a Allen Uyeno residential community. While most residents work in Seattle or Eastside cities, there is also a growing number of Real Estate Broker Cell: 206.777.5446 residents who telecommute or operate alu@johnlscott.com home businesses. The proximity to www.BridgingSeattleandtheEastside.com Seattle, the low crime rate, the tranquil and woodsy ambiance, and the excel- Homes and Land Neighborhood Specialist lent schools have made Mercer Island one of the most desirable places to live in the region. The One to Know Directory & Community Guide 2016-2017 5


Mercer Island Directory And Community Guide 2016-2017
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