Located in the central corridor of West St. Louis County and nestled between Ballwin and Wildwood, Ellisville is a city rich with scenic communities and complemented by abundant green spaces. Stately homes in this community benefit from access to the community’s 11 public parks. With these amenities, it was no surprise when Ellisville was ranked #25 on CNN Money Mag’s 2009 list of “Best Places to Live.” Ellisville is located only 13 miles west of St. Louis’ city limits. The major thoroughfares of Manchester Road and Interstate 64 ensure that only a short commute separates St. Louis City from this pastoral municipality.
Settled by Captain James Harvey Ferris in 1837, Ellisville gained a reputation for its well-manicured farms and their noteworthy owners. While suburban developments have replaced the orchards and grazing fields of the past, the community has maintained its natural landscape and provides an idyllic setting for gathering with loved ones. Today, the homes are likely to be located near any of the city’s 230 acres of parkland. The community’s parks are open to all, connected by pathways and walking trails that weave through residential communities. This commitment to natural beauty has earned Ellisville the National Arbor Day Foundation’s designation of “Tree City USA” for 34 consecutive years, a feat that is unmatched in the state of Missouri. Nearby Castlewood State Park offers 1,818 acres of parkland, several hiking trails, and access to the scenic Meramec River.
In 2016, the median price for a home sold in Ellisville was $228,000 while the median price for a condo or villa was $202,450. Home prices have risen from a 2011 median of $198,500, representing a 14% increase within the past 5 years. Condo prices have increased by 90% when compared with the 2011 median of $106,500. Ellisville is clearly a community on the rise, as buyers flock to this beautiful enclave within West County. However, a quality home in this picturesque municipality remains affordable. Homes in the area are defined by their traditional brick fronts. They are often complemented by rustic frames that emphasize the home’s connection to surrounding natural features. Subdivisions such as Polo Lake and Manors of Castle Ridge are known throughout the greater St. Louis area as scenic and desirable communities.
The cultivated public lands of Ellisville provide a beautiful backdrop for recreation and enjoyment of the arts. Bluebird Park offers a free concert series, with weekly concerts from the beginning of June until the end of August. This annual summer series fills the public spaces of Ellisville with new and noteworthy musical acts. The EDGE Aquatic Center provides a competition pool for serious swimmers and waterslides for the enjoyment of children and adults alike. The Center’s “Night Waves” series provides a live DJ to accompany older children’s nighttime swim, allowing for entertaining and wholesome nightlife.
Ellisville is home to more than 570 businesses and a large retail sector. Service-oriented retail businesses range from local boutiques to large chain stores. Additionally, Manchester Road provides access to one of the major business corridors of St. Louis County. Ellisville residents benefit from nearby strip centers and a wide variety of standalone businesses. The Manchester corridor provides Ellisville with shopping and dining options to suit the entire community.
Ellisville residents take pride in their exemplary public schools. Ellisville is served by the Rockwood School District. Ridge Meadow Elementary, a Rockwood school, was the first school in Missouri to be awarded the Model National Professional Development Award from the US Department of Education. Ellisville parents also have access to many private and faith-based K-12 alternatives, ensuring that they have a myriad of options to provide for their children's education. Private schools such as Hope Montessori Academy and St. John's Lutheran School further Ellisville's commitment to quality education.