The Groveland neighborhood began as a summer Bible camp in the 1920s. A few of the original homes built here remain, though now the neighborhood features homes of all sizes and styles.
The property that is now Groveland Park was purchased by the City in 1965 and offers Mercer Island’s only westside public beach. Groveland Beach Park also features a playground area, barbecues, a volleyball court, and a dock, which is a popular spot for fishing and sunbathing.
While Groveland is known as a waterfront community, Groveland Beach Park takes up most of the waterfront real estate, so Groveland actually only features a handful of waterfront homes. The rest of the neighborhood of about 50 homes is an eclectic mix, with some curious lot sizes and dimensions, reminiscent of its former days as a Bible camp surrounded by modest cabins.
Smaller lots and mid-century homes provide more affordable real estate in this neighborhood, while remodeled and newer construction homes will command higher prices. Home styles range from mid-century modern to traditional and craftsman styles.