Mercer Island’s Town Center is the dynamic and evolving commercial hub of the Island. It is also a gathering spot for Islanders, whether to enjoy a shared meal at a local restaurant, to meet for a group fitness class, or to shop together at the local home decor or book store.
Every Sunday during the summer, the Mercer Island Farmers Market brings a buzz of activity to the streets near Mercerdale Park.
Mercer Island Town Center is home to most of the Island’s condominium buildings (about 20!). Check out our condominium guide to learn more about Mercer Island’s condo market.
Most of Mercer Island’s apartment developments are also located downtown Mercer Island. Apartment dwellings include: 77 Central, The Aviara, Island Square Apartments, The Mercer Luxury Apartments, and the newly opened Hadley building, among others.
If you are looking for a place to rent on Mercer Island, be sure to check out our Mercer Island Rental Guide.
Senior living communities, including Aljoya and Island House, are located downtown Mercer Island. Aegis Assisted Living Center, a new 89-unit assisted living community, is in development with a planned opening for Fall 2018. Aegis of Mercer Island will be located downtown at 7445 SE 24th Street.
Restaurants and Shopping
Mercer Island has two new great options for grocery shopping – New Seasons Market, which offers organic and conventional brands along with a generous prepared foods section, wine bar, and seating area; and Freshy’s Local Market, an expansion of Freshy’s Seafood Shack, which offers locally sourced, sustainable fish, meat, dairy, produce, and more. Islanders also grocery shop at QFC, which has two locations – one in downtown and one on the south end – of Mercer Island.
The Island wouldn’t be complete without several coffee shops – Starbucks has two locations downtown, and Tully’s is also a popular spot in Mercer Island’s Town Center.
Shopping highlights include the charming Island Books, Terra Bella, Hip Zephyr, and many others. Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts Gallery recently opened and sells antiques and vintage items from around the world.
Mercer Island Florist has served as the island flower shop for over 50 years, and Anthophiles, a European-style flower shop, recently opened in a corner-store location of Town Center. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to stop for a treat at Oh Chocolate!
Health & Fitness
Many Islanders take the bus into work or to local sporting events by parking at Mercer Island’s Park-and-Ride. You have to get there early, because the lot fills up quickly.
The Mercer Island Light Rail station is targeted to open in 2023. The station will be located at the north edge of Town Center at 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE (in close proximity to the existing Park-and-Ride).
Aubrey Davis Park (Park on the Lid) borders the north end of Town Center, featuring smooth-paved walking paths and a sculpture garden.
To the south of Town Center, you’ll find Mercerdale Park complete with a playground, skate park, pavilion, exercise equipment, and a circular walking path.