The SpaceThe unit is a very spacious studio (about twice the size of a standard hotel room) and is tastefully decorated, situated on a hill overlooking the valley below. It is professionally maintained and landscaped. The unit has a private entry with a front stoop, which can pass as a small porch and even has a chair to sit on.
The kitchen is large with black aggregate marble/granite counter top and flooring. Appliances in the kitchen includes but not limited to, a dishwasher, microwaves (2 of them), toaster, coffee maker (French press), espresso machine, rice cooker, slow cooker, blender, food saver, as well as plates, pots, pan, bowls, cutlery, vases and Tupperware, in addition to basic tools and limited cleaning supplies. There is also a several pitchers for your drinks.
The bathroom is luxurious and is completely covered in slate tile, with excellent water pressure and a seat for those who don't like to stand in the shower.
The bed is a true bed (queen size), which is thick, comfortable and sturdy. And there is also extra bedding supplies and a twin size cot, if needed placed underneath the bed.
The unit has hardwood bamboo floors and recessed lighting with dimmers throughout.
There is a wood burning fireplace, for those cold days/night (though you must provide your own wood and kindling).
There is a flat screen television for entertainment. It has an Amazon Firestick with Amazon Prime. Also, my Netflix account is usable with the TV and already set up for my guest(s). So there's plenty of television options. In addition, there are Redboxes (DVD and game rental machines) at the nearby stores, specifically in the QFC grocery store. There are chords provided located in the wooden box below the TV for those who want to connect their personal game console or other media device(s).
There is sensor lighting outside the unit, for your safety and convenience. Guest AccessGuest(s) may have access to and use anything in the unit that is not locked up, including all the non perishable food items that others have left behind; use is the guest(s)' discretion. Interaction with GuestsI interact with my guest(s) as needed; I am easily available. The NeighborhoodThe unit is located in the town center of Mercer Island and is within walking distance to boutique and chain stores, restaurants, bars, banks, and other establishments.
There is a community park (Mercerdale) at the bottom of the hill which has a playground for kids, a path for joggers or walkers, and a big open field, as well as a skateboard ring. And, within a mile is the island's main park (Luther Burbank) which has beach access, tennis courts, basketball courts, dog parks, and more including the island's community center.
If you want to get to Mercerdale Park a little faster (just at the bottom of the hill), here's what you do. As you go out of the driveway, turn right towards the end of the street. You'll see a stairwell that goes up in between the buildings ... go up the stairs and at the top, the stairs will change to go straight down to the business area of the town center next to the park. Getting AroundWalking is possible to most businesses on the island.
For those using a vehicle: Five minutes drive gets you to the I-90 east or west bound. You can drive to downtown Seattle (7.0 miles) or downtown Bellevue (4.7 miles) in approximately 12 minutes, mostly on highway roads.
For those using public transportation: The main bus station for Mercer Island is within walking distance from the unit (0.4 miles), but local bus stops within Mercer Island only, are much more closer, though they don't come as often.
For the intrepid, there is a bike path connecting the island to Seattle or Bellevue. It's possible to bike almost anywhere in the area. You'll need cross on one of the I-90 bridges to get to either city. But the bike paths are secured with barricades to keep traffic away. Also, bikers on the weekends are abundant on Mercer Island, so it's common to see people on bikes. Other Things to NoteThe condo community is on a hill, and because so, the unit itself will have a stairwell between the parking space and the front door. However, guest(s) can temporarily park near the building and (un)load which cuts the stairwell to just a few steps. So you MUST be able to traverse stairs with no issues in order to stay here.
There is a private locked laundry facility on-site for your laundry needs.
Excellent for those planning a vacation to the the Seattle metro area and want to feel like a local and for those temporarily making a move to the city or in a life transition.