Mercer Island is located – somewhat unsurprisingly – on an island in Lake Washington, and connects to the mainland via two bridges; the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge and the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge. The island, which has city status, is home to 25,261 residents according to a census estimate completed in 2017.
The island was originally settled in the late 19th century by the Mercer family, who would later give the island its name. Over time, other residents and businesses began to base themselves on the island. By 1923, the East Channel Bridge connected the island to Bellevue, with other, larger bridges following suit over the subsequent years. Incorporation, however, was a little slower, with the full City of Mercer Island only incorporated in 1970.
Over the years, Mercer Island has developed a reputation for a variety of different cultural experiences. For lovers of art, the options are plentiful; the island features a number of different galleries, including Suzanne Zahr’s SZ Gallery, Clarke + Clarke Art & Artifacts, and the wonderful Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. The food and beverage options are also plentiful, ranging from incredible fine dining restaurants to wine tasting experiences at one of the local wine bars. In addition, the Mercer Island Farmers Market is well-regarded; the market is usually open on Sundays between June and October, with a special “Harvest Market” taking place in November.
Both residents and visitors to Mercer Island also have the opportunity to enjoy a range of annual events, including spectacular 4th of July fireworks displays and Blue Angels displays during Seattle’s summertime Seafair celebration.
As one would expect from an island, Mercer Island is also known for its beaches. There are four public beaches in total, with Groveland Beach offering the ability to watch the sunset over the waves and Luther Burbank beach providing a well-loved swimming area. The area also offers a number of other areas showcasing its natural beauty, with Luther Burbank Park – located on the shore of Lake Washington, and featuring nearly a mile of waterfront amidst its 77 acres – a particular favorite for both residents and tourists alike, and Pioneer Park featuring a number of walking trails that allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular Douglas Firs.
Higgason Construction are delighted to be able to offer services such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling, construction, custom decks and patios, home additions, and much more besides to those living on Mercer Island.