Proposed Boundaries For Elementary Students Once School #4 Opens. Thoughts?

Existing Elementary Enrollment Boundaries Proposed Elementary Boundaries 12.10.2014From the Mercer Island Reporter,

“With committee members stationed at different display charts around the Islander Middle School library Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Mercer Island School District Boundary Committee unveiled its preliminary recommendation for new elementary boundaries, beginning in the 2016-17 school year with the introduction of a fourth elementary school.

Dozens turned out, though the crowd consisted primarily of Boundary Committee members and advisers.

The proposed recommendation has West Mercer Elementary and the new Elementary #4 dividing the northern portion of the Island, with Island Crest Way dividing the two school zones…”

To read the whole article, click here.

The maps are available as pdfs on the Mercer Island School District website, Existing Boundaries and Proposed Boundaries.

The school district also has a Boundary Committee webpage – click here to read the charge of the committee and access links to meeting agendas and minutes. This page will be updated as information about proposed boundary changes become available.

If you would like to keep current about all three MISD construction projects, which includes the 4th elementary school, click here. The school district construction projects are the following:

  • Building a fourth elementary school on the district-owned North Mercer campus
  • Expanding Islander Middle School, including 14 new classrooms and lab spaces, commons and cafeteria, gymnasiums, music rooms and administrative space
  • Building 10 additional classrooms at Mercer Island High School, including four lab spaces and six general education classrooms

The estimated completion dates for each project are the following:

  • Mercer Island High School addition | 2015-16 school year
  • Islander Middle School expansion | 2016-17 school year
  • Elementary #4 | 2016-17 school year

According to Dean Mack, the MISD technical adviser serving on the committee, the proposed boundaries will lower student populations at the three existing elemanary schools by approximately 150 students. However, scheduling bus routes and coordinating reasonable travel time could become an issue. Elementary School Parents — what are your thoughts on the proposed boundaries? The committee is gathering community feedback right now, and will review it at their January 15th meeting. If you have comments to share, please email them to Dean Mack at .

*Images courtesy of Mercer Island School District.

Quick Project Alert: Create A Holiday Gift With A Personal Touch

From Houzz, “Soy wax is a perfect carrier for essential oils. For a sweet scent, add rose, lavender, vanilla or jasmine; for a citrus scent, add lemon, mandarin or orange; for a masculine scent, add sandalwood, cinnamon, cedarwood or bergamot, and for Christmas use spices and all of your favorite festive smells. Go to any health food outlet to sniff out essential oil scents and have fun experimenting!” This tutorial offers concise directions, using supplies that are readily available. What a fun way to spend the afternoon with some friends! The candles would be such a special gift – they can be personalized with both the scent and the container used.

Weekly real estate report for 12/12/14 (with November market snapshot by area)

Lisa Lewis:

Great new look for the Weekly Property Reports just in time for 2015! And you’ll love the addition of the of the monthly snapshot by neighborhood!

Originally posted on Weekly Property Report:

Welcome to our fresh new look! Click the icons below to view local real estate activity reports for Seattle and Eastside Neighborhoods. This week’s reports include a complete monthly snapshot by neighborhood.









Data prepared and analyzed by Julie Barrows, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island For questions or comments, email Julie at

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12 Ways to Beat the Home Decor Blahs

Open Houses: Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14, 2014

Red_Christmas_present_on_white_background-public domain photoDo you need to finish your holiday shopping AND purchase items for a home project? Get both of those items off your to-do list tomorrow at the Second Use 2nd Annual Handmade Market. Over 35 local artisans will be on hand for holiday shopping. And if you purchase a gift at the Market, you’ll receive a 15% coupon for a same-day purchase at Second Hand – perfect for picking up that special mirror for the powder room, unique hardware for your kitchen cabinets or antique wall sconce for your bedroom. The market opens at 11 am and runs until 4:30pm. There will be warm beverages available from Shen Zen Tea and nibbles from Bean Fish food truck, plus festive music and a holiday photo booth.

Sold By Windermere We’ve seen first hand this year that the end of the year is actually a great time to sell a home. If a new home is on your holiday wish list, check out some open houses this weekend. Brokers from Windermere Mercer Island will be hosting a few and would love to see you! Details are below (including Video Tours!), by city.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

Mercer Island
$1,088,000 l 716046 l 8431 SE 47th Place l Video Tour l Nancy LaVallee l Saturday December 13, 1-4pm & Sunday December 14, 2-4pm

$1,250,000 l 713708 l 7256 W Mercer Wy l Video Tour l Mary Lou Putman l Sunday December 14, 1-4pm

$1,550,000 l 717527 l 4356 East Mercer Way l Video Tour l Donovan Realty Group l Sunday December 14, 1-4pm

The Open House List is ready to print below! Featuring 11 open homes on Mercer Island this weekend:

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Photo: “Red Christmas present on white background” by Petr Kratochvil Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

End of Year is a Great Time to Sell

Originally posted on Windermere Eastside:

year end statisticsMost people would associate the end of the year with slower sales and a dip in prices. As we’ve seen in November’s statistics, this is not necessarily the case this year. While it’s true that most potential buyers are usually preoccupied with the upcoming holidays, the “off-peak” season can actually be the perfect moment for sellers.

Forbes has rated the end of the year an excellent home-sale time, according to “Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely sell more quickly and more closely approach the asking price, according to an article in,” the article shares. Additionally, tax purposes can push people to close before the end of the year. “They can purchase a home late in the year to deduct home purchase costs on their taxes, such as points, interest, and property taxes.”

What does this mean for…

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November 2014 Waterfront Real Estate Activity Report for Seattle, Eastside, Mercer Island and Lake Sammamish

Originally posted on The Waterfront Report:

This Waterfront Report for Seattle, the Eastside, Lake Sammamish and Mercer Island incorporates data for private waterfront homes on major bodies of water. It includes active, new and pending listing activity as well as monthly benchmarks for cost per waterfront foot and cost per living square foot of sold waterfront properties. Each report includes a map and a link to view that month’s listing and sale activity.

SEATTLE: View Report

EASTSIDE: View Report



Data prepared and analyzed by Julie Barrows, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island For questions or comments, email Julie at

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