After living and working in Seattle as the owner of the Brazier Lumber Company, Stephen Brazier moved back to the area near his alma mater, University of Washington, where fell in love with the idyllic landscapes, diverse amenities, and pristine shorelines. An island community recognized as one of the state’s premier residential communities, Mercer Island, Wash., sits in the southern portion of Lake Washington connected to Seattle in the west and Bellevue in the east by a pair of floating bridges. Little more than 6 square miles of total land mass, the city also represents one of the richest ZIP codes in the U.S. and a coveted selection of properties, with a median value of $1.6 million.
“It’s a beautiful, secluded waterfront community [and] I jumped at the chance to move back to this quiet, residential city surrounded by beautiful lakefronts and heavily wooded areas," said Brazier. "We also have a retail district filled with shops and dinning to make the entire experience ideal for relaxing or just having a nice day in town.”