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Mercer Island, Washington
Mercer Island, Washington, is an island community on Lake Washington between Seattle and Bellevue that is ideal for anyone who appreciates tall pine surroundings and the amenities of upscale rustic living – salmon fishing, hiking and sailing, homes that could be villas on the Mediterranean coast. Plus, there is easy access by bridge to two thriving cities.
As to what supports the lifestyle of the Island’s more general populace, The Seattle Times says there is an “all-out war for talent” in the Seattle-Belleview region, most especially for IT professionals in just about all areas of computing and advanced technologies. And of course Boeing, which since its inception in 1916 has had a major presence in the Seattle area, an ever-active employer of aircraft and aerospace innovators and technicians.
Helping to prepare a steady flow of tech and other talent is the Mercer Island School District, which is made up of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The six schools teach approximately 4,450 students. Their curricula are guided by the District Vision & Mission: Mercer Island Schools will deliver a 21stcentury education that prepares students to convert information into knowledge and create innovative solutions demanded by tomorrow’s world.
Mercer Island High School (MIHS) has been recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, the highest award an American school can achieve. And for the past eight years running, MIHS has won the Washington Army National Guard Scholastic Cup, which recognizes the top interscholastic programs in Washington that display excellence in academics, sportsmanship and athletic performances throughout the school year.
MIHS also provides a good deal of entertainment and special events for Mercer Island residents. In addition to a full roster of sports teams to cheer, all of them with records that stoke island pride, the school has a music program that consists of a full orchestra, four concert bands, a marching band, a pep band for revving up rallies, several jazz ensembles, a steel drum band, a jazz chorus, and a Bel Canto Choir. To kick off 2019, the MIHS Marching Band performed again in the Rose Bowl’s Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
The MIHS radio station, KMIH 889, has received 31 nominations for the 79thAnnual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Golden Microphone Awards to be presented in New York. Categories that received nominations (and that entertain and inform Island listeners) include Community News Coverage, Live Music Broadcast, Sports Talk Program, Radio Drama, and Comedy Program.
Of course there is no shortage of entertainment and cultural attractions in Seattle, just a 10-minute drive over the Lacey V. Murrow Bridge. And soon the Mercer Island Light Rail station will take people across the Puget Sound as this transit extension is scheduled to open in 2023.
For shopping and socializing, real estate agent Erin Sirianni says in her guide book, My Mercer Island, “Town Center is the dynamic and evolving commercial hub of the Island. It is also a gathering spot for Islanders, whether to enjoy a shared meal at a local restaurant, to meet for a group fitness class, or to shop together at the local home décor or book store.”
The median price for a home on Mercer Island, from figures by Zillow, is $1,555,800. Home values there have risen 8% in 2018, and Zillow expects them to increase 3.8% in 2019.
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