Considered to be Mercer Island’s first neighborhood, East Seattle was home to the Island’s first church, library, post office, restaurant, and general store, as well as the C.C. Calkins resort. In 1914, 60th Ave SE become the area’s new waterfront after the lake was lowered.
There are four small waterfront parks and landings in East Seattle, including Slater Park, Proctor Landing, Garfield Landing, and the recently relandscaped Calkins Landing. Secret Park, which includes a small playground, is also located in East Seattle.
East Seattle is one of Mercer Island’s most coveted neighborhoods and features some of the most expensive waterfront and non-waterfront real estate. Many of the smaller bungalows and mid-century homes are being replaced with new construction modern and craftsman homes. In 2017, 7 homes sold in East Seattle with a median sale price of $1,200,000. The 5-year appreciation rate for this neighborhood is 34.45%.