This post is the eleventh in a series offering insights into the unique characteristics of specific neighborhoods on Mercer Island and communities surrounding Lake Washington, including Parkwood,Tarywood, Woodridge, Judkins Park ,and Newcastle.
The Mercerdale Community is located west of Island Crest Way and abuts the downtown neighborhood. It is also adjacent to (but not part of) Mercerdale Park, which is an important area for the city and for the community. The homes in the Mercerdale neighborhood are mostly 1950s/60s suburban style, and are typically moderately priced. Homes in this neighborhood sold in the last year ranged in value from $487,500 to $890,000.
Mercerdale’s moderate home prices, access to the Island’s acclaimed school district and the proximity to several parks, makes Mercerdale a very desirable neighborhood for families with children. One highlight of the Mercerdale is the Mercer Island Skate Park which is located in the south western corner of Mercerdale Park. The concrete space was designed to entertain and challenge skateboarders of all skill levels and welcomes skateboards, inline skates and rollerblades. Restrooms and a drinking fountain are located nearby.
The well known Mercer Island Youth and Family Thrift Store is housed on the corner of Mercerdale Park. Other community events held at Mercerdale Park are Mostly Music in the Park, Summer Celebration, and the Holiday Tree Lighting. Ther is a stairway that connects Mercerdale to the First Hill and East Seattle communities of Mercer Island. The first stairway has 321 steps down the Mercerdale Hillside, from west to east.
The Mercerdale community was developed on a site that was important to the logging industry at the turn of the century. Near what is now 76th Ave. and SE 32nd in Mercerdale, there was a steam-powered logging “donkey” working to “yard the logs.” “The skid road remained for a number of years from about 32nd and 80th, north along the ridge, then to the northeast following the slope to what is now the swimming beach at Luther Burbank Park. The puncheon was left in place, but the skid logs, which were greased rollers, had been removed. Horses and oxen were used to skid logs to the lake from the donkey engine. Logs were then boomed, and towed to saw mills on the lake.”
Currently, two homes are for sale in the Mercerdale community. The first is 3471 77th Avenue SE. This 1420 square foot home features 4 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms, and is priced at $575,000. The second is at 3755 77th Place SE. It is 2090 square feet, and has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, priced at $699,000.
If you would like to see the two homes available in Mercerdale, or if you would like to learn more about Mercerdale, please contact me at 206-230-0833. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Mercer Island, Seattle, Bellevue, or other nearby communities, please give me a call.
Ken Urman is a full-time Realtor with more than 20 years experience, and is ranked among the top performers in 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