Mercer Island’s mid-island area is approximately located between SE 40th and SE 63rd streets. It is dotted with churches and schools and defined with grid-like neighborhoods. The Mercer Island School District’s largest school “campus” is located mid-island, and is home to the Mercer Island High School, Northwood Elementary School, and the school district administrative offices.
What to Explore
Mercer Island’s beloved library is located mid-island and is a very popular community gathering center, offering story times for children and education programs for all community members – from babies to seniors.
Nearby, you’ll also find Ellis Pond. Despite its utilitarian purpose as a storm water detention pond, this pond and open space have become home to ducks and other wildlife. Ellis Pond also has trails and an Ironwood foot bridge that connect it to the nearby neighborhoods.
Island Crest Park and Deane’s Children’s Park, are the most popular mid-island parks. Also know as the Dragon Park, Deane’s Children’s Park features an amazing dragon sculpture which doubles as a play structure, as well as a castle-themed playground. Adventure Playground takes place in this park during the summer, and kids can build tree houses and forts with supplied boards, nails, hammers, and other equipment.
Island Crest Park is a popular location for athletic activities, and includes two full-size baseball fields, tennis courts, a football field, soccer field, an extensive trail system.
Homestead Field is another popular park located mid-island near West Mercer Elementary school and is often busy every weekend with youth sports programs. This park also includes tennis courts and a playground.
Families should take advantage of the great programs offered by the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, known as the “PEAK,” located in the mid-island area. Nearby, you’ll also find the Mary Wayte pool, a public swimming pool owned by the Mercer Island School District, which offers lap and recreational swimming as well as swim lessons.
Mid-island is home to many neighborhoods. Some are distinct, such as Mercerwood and Parkwood. Some are more challenging to define. South of SE 40th Street, neighborhoods include Madrona Crest, Lucas Heights, and Mercerwood. South of the Library, you’ll find the Allview Heights / Ellis Pond neighborhood.
Further south and east of Island Park Elementary are the neighborhoods of Parkwood and Mercer Firs. Between Parkwood and Pioneer Park are the El Dorado and Timberland neighborhoods, though perhaps few would recognize those names.
Many small mid-island neighborhoods are defined by a single street, lane, or loop. Such neighborhoods include Wembley Lane (where residents enjoys a neighborhood pool), Landsdowne Lane, Park Place Estates, Island Glen, Dawn Villa, Timbertall Park, and Salem Woods.
In 2017, 50 homes sold in mid-island neighborhoods with a median sale price of $1,370,300, representing a 14.19% year-over-year rate of appreciation and a 60.74% rate of appreciation over five years. The number of sales dropped to 50 sold homes in 2017 from 65 in 2016.