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Get to Know Your Community: Island Point

This post is the first in a series offering insights into the unique characteristics of specific neighborhoods on Mercer Island and surrounding Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.

This post is the first in a series offering insights into the unique characteristics of specific neighborhoods on Mercer Island and surrounding Lake Washington, including the Mercer Island neighborhoods of Island Point, Dawn Vista, and Tarrywood; and other Puget Sound areas, including Sammamish, Orcas Island, Issaquah, and Pine Lake.

Mercer Island  

Mercer Island, WA is located in the South end of Lake Washington, just East of Seattle. The I-90 floating bridge and freeway connects the island's North end to Seattle and the Eastside.

Mercer Island is home to a large number of waterfront homes on Lake Washington, with a speedy commute to the major hubs of Greater Seattle, but a secluded, small-town feel at home. The island is approximately six miles long and 2 miles wide, with 22,699 residents and some of the state's best schools. Mercer Island has recently been ranked number 18 in the top twenty of the most exclusive areas of the U.S. 

Island Point/Island Point Community

Island Point, on the southernmost tip of Mercer Island, is composed of five streets: Lewis Lane, SE 80th, SE 82nd, 84th Ave SE, and SE 83rd St, all of which create a circular type of neighborhood. It is unique in that there is only one way to drive in and out of the community. However, several walking paths allow access to Island Point.

About 20 years ago, a couple of residents decided to give Island Point its own identity. While there is no formal Home Owners Association, residents do collect contributions annually for the upkeep of Island Point. There are traditions that still occur today such as progressive dinners throughout the year, a 4th of July neighborhood parade, and voluntary care of Triangle Park. This neighborhood stays informed through email.

Several important and famous people reside in this community. Lakeridge Elementary, one of three public elementary schools on the island, is a short distance from Island Point, directly accessible via public walking trail.

Island Point is a special area on Mercer Island where some homes have spectacular views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainer, and surrounding areas. This community comes together to educate and support each other. It has a connected feel, where families know each other, children grow up together, and pets are known by name.

There are 30 or more unique communities on Mercer Island. Most share many of the same characteristics and features as Island Point. Keep an eye out for the next Lake Washington community featured in this blog.

Ken Urman is a full-time Realtor with more than 20 years experience, and is ranked among the top performers of his profession. He lives in Mercer Island, WA. and serves Mercer Island and the communities around Lake Washington. Buyers and Sellers benefit from the power of his experience, professionalism, and perseverance in achieving their real estate goals. Learn why Ken is a better choice for your real estate needs at www.kenurman.com.

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Kendall Watson December 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I love this series already. I've always been fascinated by how folks determine "where they live". On Mercer Island, it's often "North-end" or "South-end", but I've always been curious how specific people get from there. I always presumed it was straight to street names from there. How do you "Wayfind" on Mercer Island?
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA December 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
. KW- Real Estate people and architects have to "Wayfind" almost as well as UPS men and USPOst men. As for me, I've been at (and designed homes for) every corner of MI. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA December 09, 2012 at 11:37 PM
As is Kendall, I'm looking forward to Ken Urman's new blog "Know Your Community". Mercer Island is really special in so many and varied ways. JG-
Ken Urman, Real Estate Broker December 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Oops! I want to state that I am aware of a few typos in the article. Not like me to let that go. I am normally a stickler for having correct grammar and spelling. My wife who's a teacher was on my case about this and I told her that I would be more careful next time.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA December 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Ken- That's what our loving wives are for- bless them. JG-

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