Mercer Island: A Nice Place To Have a Family Home— Out in the Middle of Lake Washington-

The ideal Mercer Island abode — what is it? It should fit its site, relate well to the community, and be well built. I welcome readers thoughts on these ideas.

Some 22,000 people live here in a very special, very wooded place of inner-island and waterfront properties. As an architect, it follows that I'll want to talk about the design of the homes we live in or those we might want to live in here on Mercer Island, as well as how these varied homes were created then and how they are being created today.

I'm native-born, raised in Seattle. a graduate of the University of Washington's highly-regarded School of Architecture. I thoroughly understand the NorthWest climate- and other localized considerations we home designers must take into account. Eastern and mid-Western styles- many with wide white trim- are usually out of place here on the West Coast.

A more expansive connection with nature than that glimpsed through smaller "stock" windows is needed to enjoy what's outside and to bring a feeling of spaciousness to the interior. A hallmark of "NorthWest Architecture"- Island or otherwise- is exposed natural wood framing with lots of job-built "stopped-in" windows bringing in the outside garden view.   

Another topic of discussion might be the Island Real Estate industry, how well it serves our community. As the Island has grown, earlier, more modest homes are being replaced by larger, more expensive homes. Some of these are better than others — and I may well discuss these abodes.   

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Is Seattle (Area) the Best Place to Buy a Home? Question posed by CNN this Tuesday Morning. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2011/05/seattle-best-place-in-us-to-buy-a-house-5281731.html
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM
There's no other place I'd rather live than Mercer Island- and that's saying a lot. We've travelled in 55 countries so far and have seen no better place to be at home. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA October 05, 2011 at 02:32 AM
I'll say it once again- There's no other place I'd rather live than Mercer Island- for many reasons. It combines all the important things that make up good family living all year around. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA January 07, 2013 at 09:14 PM
. "Our" Mercer Island is a very special place indeed- and the longer I live here, the more I do appreciate what it has to offer in the way of a good life. JerryG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA January 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM
I'm now retired but I'm still very interested in how Mercer Island is developed. Far too many of these ordinary "Spec" homes are being plunked down without regard to the unique community we've built here over these many years. JerryG-


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