As a product of Mercer Island Schools some 30+ years ago, I can tell you that the education system there has always been a high priority for the residents. Growing up there we had very safe neighborhoods that I could walk or bike with little fear for my safety. The convenience to downtown or Bellevue is tough to beat and the local shopping and restaurant options have never been better.
For all this goodness though, youâ€™ll pay a price. $850k or less will buy you an older home. Of the 3 currently available that are 4 or more bedrooms, 2.5 or more baths, one was built in 1979 one in 1973 and one in 1959.
For the same price you can have many great options in Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue or Redmond which all have great schools and reasonable access via I90 or 520 to downtown by car or transit.
I've attached a link to my search below. Let me know if I can be of further help and welcome to the Northwest.
You will probably find everything you are looking for on Mercer Island. If you think you would consider switching schools in a year or so, I would say rent because you may find a different neighborhood you like better.
But Mercer Island School is listed as a top 10 school by greatschools.org and if you have no interest in your children switching schools again, you might as well take advantage of the great interest rates, etc.
Windermere Mercer Island is a great resource available to you.
All the best,
Nicole Demers-Changelo | RealtorÂ®
Registered Architect. LEED Accredited Professional
Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island
2737 77th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
OFFICE (206) 232-0446
CELL (206) 271-1267
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P.S. Carrie and I work in the same office in Mercer Island. Hi Carrie :)
Mercer island public schools much better than Seattle public Schools ...there are tons of private schools options in Seattle area ( if it fits the budget )
If you can locate a rental situation that works for 6 -12 months ...you might consider doing this to get a much better feel of areas / commutes / schools / parents / activities and then adjust your buying plans based on what you find out
if you need any assistance on the loan sider of things , my office is in Seattle not fat from your work address .....thanks
Bellevue is also very convenient and has great schools. If your children are talented and gifted, Seattle can be a great place as well. Queen Anne, Wallingford and West Seattle are all very convenient to downtown. Garfield and Roosevelt High always have as many and usually more merit scholars than Mercer Island. Several schools have gifted programs and the grade, middle and high schools for the top 1% are centrally located near your office.
Here is a link to school information in the areas above! (Cut and paste into your browser.)
The price of houses might seem high and the lots are smaller.
The schools on Mercer Island are wonderful & the community just as much so. Commute would not be a problem. Only downside is that you have to take a bridge to go anywhere (not much of a problem) and the cost of a home is the highest of anywhere around here along with Medina.
Here is a link to the only 2 rental & 2 homes for sale currently on Mercer Island that match your criteria. Those are not a lot of options: http://www.matrix.nwmls.com/DE.asp?ID=6898953904
You may want to consider other area as well. If you would like to discuss this or anything else feel free to contact me directly & I would be happy to consult with you. I am both a real estate broker & a loan officer.
Good luck to you in any case,
Isaac Real Estate Team
Champions Real Estate Services
TriStar Finance #MLO-107799
Office: 425-483-6849 Cell: 206-841-9976
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Mercer Island is a great place to be in Seattle. The commute to downtown Seattle is pretty good from there. Buying in the area for under 850,000 could be a small challenge, as of right now there are 5 properties under 850k and only 2 of those are over 3,000 sq ft.
Here is a website that has more information on areas based on zip codes. The site is very plain but has a lot of information on it.
When will you be moving to Seattle?
Please let me know if you have any questions or help moving.
Coldwell Banker Danforth
marcia h chase
chase property management
With respect to renting on Mercer Island, there are also options we can discuss.