Mercer Island Rental Guide

Updated on February 10, 2020 | by Erin Sirianni

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Finding a home to rent on Mercer Island can be overwhelming, whether you are just getting to know Mercer Island or even if you are long-time community member looking for short-term housing.

The My MI Rental Guide is here to help. We’ve provided a round-up of the largest downtown apartment communities as well as resources for finding a rental house on the Island.

Apartment Rentals on Mercer Island


Photo courtesy: 77 Central

77 Central

2630 77th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(844) 530-7995

Style, substance and sustainability are the pillars of quality living at 77 Central. Our unparalleled location in Mercer Island, our lavish collection of amenities, and our caliber of resident service offer you much more than an apartment community – 77 Central offers a lifestyle from the inside, out. Each resident enjoys such home features as a private patio or deck, loads of closet space, upgraded appliances, designer interior selections, and a full-sized washer and dryer in select homes. Our pet-friendly Mercer Island apartments feature a resort-inspired spa, modernized fitness center, and lavish clubhouse. Not to mention, 77 Central is minutes from downtown Seattle.

Community size:  171 homes
Floorplans:  Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedrooms, 3-Bedrooms (only 4 units in community)
Shortest-term lease:  6 months and up

Community Amenities:

  • 24-Hour On-Call Maintenance
  • 24-Hour State-of-the-Art Fitness Club
  • Barbecue Terrace
  • Beautifully Landscaped Outdoor Spa
  • Billiards Parlor
  • Conference and Banquet Facility
  • Controlled-Access Entries
  • Controlled-Access Underground Parking
  • Courtyard
  • On-Site Management
  • Professional Business Center
  • Residents Club with Catering Kitchen
  • Rooftop Sky Terrace
  • Wi-Fi Technology
  • Air conditioning in many units

Pet Policy: Pets welcome; up to 2 pets allowed; maximum weight – 35 lb each

Photo courtesy Aviara / Essex

Photo courtesy: Aviara / Essex


2441 76th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Aviara website

Mercer Island luxury apartment rentals – now leasing! Live in sync with the natural beauty of Lake Washington. Aviara’s Apartments in Mercer Island are midway between Bellevue and Seattle – so you can feel as remote or connected as you like, in quietly understated surroundings. Aviara. MI way of life. MI idea of home.

While staying in one of our Mercer Island apartments, you will experience open layouts with contemporary features and modern design elements, which create an environment as refreshing as your take on life. Recharge, regroup, or relax in a Mercer Island apartment home that reflects your persona. MI style of living. Living at Aviara apartments in Mercer Island, comes with privileges that extend well beyond your high expectations. From a sunrise workout at Studio Be, our signature fitness center, to a midnight soiree by the outdoor fireplace of our lounge, there are many ways to simply be at Aviara on Mercer Island.

The Aviara Apartments gorgeous amenities, lavish community and perfect location will be met by our helpful community staff to assure your Mercer Island apartments living experience is incomparable.

Community size: 166 homes
Floorplans:  Studio, 1-Bedroom, 1.5-Bedrooms, 2-Bedrooms, 2.5-Bedrooms, 3-Bedrooms, 3.5-Bedrooms  (28 different floorplans)
Shortest-term lease:  1 month

Community Amenities: 

  • The Den: Clubroom with culinary kitchen, shuffleboard and HDTV
  • The Pod: Cyber cafe with the newest Microsoft® computers and printers
  • The Yard: Outdoor lounge with fireplace, seating areas and barbecues
  • Complimentary WiFi in common areas
  • Bike repair and covered storage
  • On-site retail stores
  • Eco-friendly and seeking LEED certification
  • Package service
  • Private storage available
  • Fitness center with interactive TechnoGym cardio equipment and weights

Apartment Amenities:

  • Open layouts with modern design elements
  • Choice of two interior design schemes
  • Gourmet kitchen with designer cabinets, quartz countertops, mosaic tile backsplash and hardwood-style floors
  • Whirlpool® ENERGY STAR® stainless steel appliances
  • MechoShades®
  • High-efficiency, full-size washer and dryer in every home
  • Designer palette of accent wall colors to customize your home
  • Walk-in closet (select homes)
  • Oversize windows (select homes)

Pet Policy: Dogs and indoor cats are welcome at our community. Up to two pets allowed, upon approval. We love all dogs, but the following breeds/crossbreeds are not allowed: Pit Bull or Staffordshire Terrier, Doberman, Rottweiler, Chow, German Shepherd, Husky, Mastiff, Great Dane, Malamute, Akita and wolf hybrids. Restrictions subject to change without notice. Big dogs are welcome – there are no weight restrictions.

Photo courtesy: Hadley


2601 76th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(855) 588-3355

This is a home where high-end design and fluid function combine for the perfect place to rise and shine. Interiors as serene as Mercer Island’s natural settings, floor plans made for every day’s needs, and thoughtful details that bring the best out of any personal style. At Hadley, enjoying the good things is your new standard of living. Spaces are designed for entertaining, amenities go beyond the extra mile, and responsive management services help ease your daily routine. Plan your gathering, head out for happy hour, or welcome a new furry friend—Hadley has the details covered.

Community size:  209 homes 
Floorplans:  Studios, 1-Bedrooms, 2-Bedrooms

Community Amenities:

  • Rooftop deck with an outdoor fireplace, BBQ, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and the Cascade Mountains
  • Theater room
  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art Precor equipment, featuring integrated TV and internet
  • Conference room
  • Wi-fi available in common areas
  • Lounge area with places to relax and socialize
  • Exciting street-level retail right outside your door

Apartment Amenities:

  • Hand-selected unit finishes by Robin Chell Interior Design
  • Expansive windows let in plenty of natural light
  • Beautiful contemporary kitchens and bathrooms with Carrera quartz countertops, undermount sinks, Grohe kitchen faucets, glass tile backsplashes and Kichler pendant lighting
  • Stainless Whirlpool appliance package with French door refrigerators
  • Walk-in closets and kitchen pantries provide abundant storage
  • Wood-like plank flooring throughout
  • Low-pile carpet in bedrooms only
  • Air conditioning unit hook-ups
  • Patios, balconies and private decks, some with greenbelt views

Pet Policy:  Pets welcome; call for details

Photo courtesy: Island Square Apartments

Photo courtesy: Island Square Apartments

Island Square Apartments

2758 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA, 98040
(206) 207-0256
Island Square website

These lovely apartment homes redefine the meaning of upscale living on Mercer Island. Designed by Mithun Architects, Island Square provides a vast array of amenities ranging from essentials such as a 24-hour fitness center and a business center to more luxurious features, including a wine tasting room and our own two-tier waterfall spa. Contemporary and Craftsman-style architecture are blended together in each of our 130 different floorplans and offer spacious, versatile apartments that include modern, energy-efficient appliances. Within close proximity of downtown Seattle and numerous public parks in the area, Island Square is centrally located and ready for you to tour today.

Community size:  5 buildings; 235 homes
Floorplans:  Studio; 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedrooms
Shortest-term lease:  6 months

Community Amenities:

  • Business center
  • Complimentary coffee bar
  • Controlled access
  • Gourmet presentation kitchen
  • Lounge with Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor BBQ kitchens
  • Penthouses available *
  • Premium 24-hour fitness center
  • Retail on-site
  • Sun deck
  • Two-tier waterfall spa
  • In home high speed internet up to 1.5 Gbps
  • Tea cafe with free Wi-Fi
  • Wine Tasting Room
  • Communal Fire Pit

Apartment Amenities:

  • Cable or satellite ready
  • Disposal
  • Fireplace
  • Granite breakfast bar
  • Large windows
  • Studio with alcove
  • Walk-in closets
  • Window coverings

Pet Policy: Pets welcome; up to 2 dogs or 2 cats. Not weight specific. Acceptable animals include domestic cats, fish (maximum tank size: 50 gallons), birds and dogs. Dogs that are purebreds or mixes of the following breeds are prohibited: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow-Chow, Doberman, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Shar Pei, and Siberian Husky. All other animals are prohibited.


Photo courtesy: The Mercer Apartments

The Mercer Apartments

7650 SE 27th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040 

The Island Lifestyle. These private and secluded havens are moments from the vibrant nightlife of Seattle and minutes from shopping and dining of Bellevue. The Mercer is ideally located and offers the best amenities. Compare with any other community and you will see that The Mercer is first-class living at its finest. Walk down the streets of Mercer Island and you will notice what makes this community incomparable: the friendly people; quiet streets; and the multitude of activities available to residents.

Community Size:  235 homes
Floorplans:  Studio, 1-Bedroom & 2-Bedrooms
Shortest-term lease:  6 months

Apartment & Community Amenities:

  • Air conditioning in every home
  • 2 Outdoor BBQ Areas
  • Clubhouse / Lounge with full kitchen
  • Controlled access entry
  • Designated dog relief area
  • Dry heat sauna
  • Executive center / Conference center
  • Fitness center by TechnoGym
  • Guest suites available for residents
  • Living GREEN
  • Concrete construction building
  • On-site storage / Bike storage
  • Online Concierge Service
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool and spa
  • Smoke-free community
  • Sol de Mercer Tanning Spa

Pet Policy:  Pets welcome; up to 2 pets allowed

Shorewood Heights Apartments

Image courtesy: Shorewood

Shorewood in Mercer Island

3209 Shorewood Drive
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 785-9683

Located on Mercer Island just outside of Seattle, Washington, you’ll find comfort and convenience in this luxury apartment community. Shorewood Heights offers spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes that feature hardwood floors, crown molding, washer and dryer in every home, and fully equipped kitchens. Residents can also enjoy our community room, 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Easy access to I-90 puts you in a great location where residents enjoy numerous shopping and dining venues nearby and around Seattle.

Community size:  41 buildings; 645 homes
Floorplans:  Studio (1-unit), 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedrooms, 3-Bedrooms, 4-Bedrooms (1 unit)
Shortest-term lease:  3 months / month-to-month

Community Amenities:

  • 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • Basketball Court
  • Business Center
  • Clubhouse
  • Tennis Court
  • Walking Trails

Apartment Amenities:

  • Carpeting
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Hardwood Floors*
  • Large Closets
  • Microwave
  • Patio/Balcony*
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Window Coverings

Pet Policy: Shorewood is a pet-friendly community. No weight-limit. Restrictions: Breed restrictions apply

House Rentals on Mercer Island

Mercer Island has a significant residential home rental market.  Many Mercer Island single-family residential homes are listed for rent on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS).

A real estate broker can show you these homes and facilitate securing a rental property. Brokers representing renters are compensated through the listing office or property management company (often 25% of the first month’s rent).

There are also a variety of online resources available for finding a house to rent on Mercer Island, including the following:

  •  (Watch out for scams!)
  • Zillow
  • Trulia
  • Doorsteps

Do you need assistance finding a rental on Mercer Island?  Feel free to contact us for assistance.