East Mercer

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Like its name suggests, East Mercer makes up the neighborhoods lining Mercer Island’s eastern shore of Lake Washington.

What to Explore

East Mercer has a largely forested environment with towering Douglas fir and cedar trees, deep ravines, and sharp hill sides. Some of the island’s most beautiful hiking trails can be found meandering up and down along East Mercer Way through Pioneer Park and the Parkwood Ridge Open Space.

Clarke Beach Park is located off East Mercer Way, and although it doesn’t have as many amenities as Luther Burbank and Groveland parks, it has a nice sandy beach, picnic, and barbecue areas, and is often quiet and peaceful.

East Mercer also features the Island’s two beach clubs – Mercerwood Shore Club and the Mercer Island Beach Club.  The Stroum Jewish Community Center is also located along East Mercer Way.

Boating enthusiasts should note that the Mercer Island Boat Launch is located off East Mercer Way toward the north end of Mercer Island.

The Neighborhoods

The neighborhoods are defined by street names such as Ferncroft and Glenhome, and homes range from eastside waterfront estates to treehouse-like retreats perched within the forest, such as those in the East Mercer Highlands neighborhood. The historic Appleton neighborhood is also located mid-island off East Mercer Way. On the southeast shoreline, Avalon Park is a sunny enclave of view properties and waterfront estates, where you’ll find the island’s best front row seat to views of Mount Rainier.

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