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Mercer Island

Legend has it that the Duwamish people believed Mercer Island would sink into Lake Washington every night, before arising—phoenix-like and out of the fog—the following morning. But far from a mysterious enigma, Mercer Island is now solidly considered as one of the area’s loveliest places to live, connected to both Seattle and Bellevue by floating bridges on the island’s west and east sides. Thanks to the bridges, Seattle and Bellevue are both a short drive or bus ride away, and starting in 2023, the island will also have its own light rail stop. Mercer Island’s Town Center serves as a bustling commercial district in the north of the island, with two supermarkets, a hardware store, a beloved bookstore, and restaurants that span the culinary spectrum from the latest in foodie trends to the Roanoke Inn, which has been the neighborhood’s local bar since 1917.

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Living in Greater Seattle

The splendid natural geography of the Seattle suburbs, which are surrounded by lakes, mountains, and fog-covered evergreens, defines the scenic string of towns that form Greater Seattle. The cities across Lake Washington are collectively known as the Eastside and mainly located in King County, while the North Country encompasses the towns in Snohomish County. There’s a deep concentration of tech companies in the region and many of these cities serve as economic hubs in their own right, including Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, outposts of Amazon and Facebook in Bellevue, and a new Google campus in Kirkland. Each town has a distinct personality and there’s a perfect Seattle suburb for almost everyone, whether you prefer an apartment in an urban core, a lakefront estate, or a rural farmhouse. Locals love to embrace the outdoors, with plentiful hiking, biking, swimming, and boating opportunities wherever you go.