It's easy to say that a certain city is one of the best to live in, but it's another thing to prove it. The fact that "Money" magazine ranked Ellisville as the 25th best place to live in all of America in 2009, though, pretty much closes debate on the issue.
There is dispute over whether Ellisville was named after a post office in Virginia or a homeowner in the early days of the city, but it remains quite obvious that residents care deeply for the local children's education. This is easily seen in the fact that the city was never incorporated until residents decided they wanted their own school district for local children. Fortunately for future tenants, residents put this level of care into just about everything involved with their city.
Moving to Ellisville
The city of Ellisville has a long history dating back to 1837, but honestly, we know that's not why you're here. You're looking for a place to stay, right? If not, I can't even venture a guess to why you're reading this page. Regardless, Ellisville is a great place to look for housing for rent. The crime rate is incredibly low, and you better keep it that way! Oh, and with only the smallest of population growth, it's like you're one of the first people to recognize how great the city really is.
When to start looking
There are fewer choices for a house rental in Ellisville than there are in other areas of Missouri. This is most definitely due to a combination of spacious residential lots, a growing commercial area and the residents' love for the greenery in the area. This means you need to start looking around two months in advance. This will give you a chance to scope out the neighborhoods and pick the home that's best for you. Don't whine. A little hard work never hurt anyone.
When to make the move
You'll probably be doing yourself a favor by avoiding the winter months as a move in date. The average low temperatures don't even get above freezing between December and February, and Valentine's Day could easily be ruined if you break your hip after slipping on a sheet of ice going up the stairs to check out an apartment to rent. Of course, with the demand for some of these places being as high as it is, you might just have to take it when you can get it. They've got surgery that can repair hips, right?
What to bring along
Experience should tell you to bring a completed rental application and proof of income. Unless this is your first apartment or house rental, and if that's the case, you need to bring a completed rental application and proof of income. See? We're learning together. Due to the demand of the area, though, you might also consider bringing a credit check. Expert tip? References from former landlords look great as well. Unless you destroyed the last place. If that's the case, you might want to pretend that it's your first apartment.
Even with a population of over 9,000 residents, the areas around Ellisville provide plenty of room for those living in them. Mostly because all of those residents are spread out over four square miles. Regardless of where you choose to stay, though, your apt for rent is going to have definite perks. Really, the biggest decision on which neighborhood to call home is contingent on your own personal preference, so get to looking!
Northern Ellisville: Residents absolutely love this area, and it's not just because of the beautiful neighborhoods. That's a big part, obviously, but the fact that there are numerous shopping areas, including Kohl's and The Home Depot, doesn't hurt either. There's a Chuck E. Cheese's too! Sold!
Carriage Place: This apartment complex is located south of Manchester Road, and there are only a few neighborhoods in the entire area around it. You're still adjacent to Old State Road, though; and the Midwest Kitchen and Bath store will undoubtedly help you out if you didn't get one of those furnished apartments.
Southern Ellisville: If you're looking for an area that screams 'affluence,' the southern part of the city is your place. The homes are beautiful, there's a BMW Motorcycle Owners of America nearby, and even the residential areas have biking lanes. Oh yeah, you'll feel spiffy here.
East Ellisville: You'll have easy access to Bluebird Park here, but the immaculate looking neighborhoods will likely be what gets your attention. Oh, and the city's aquatic center, The EDGE, is in your area as well. It's even got a competition swimming pool. How cool is that?
Living in Ellisville
Overwhelmingly amazing neighborhoods aren't all that Ellisville offers. On the contrary, there are countless things to do in the city. Look, we already gave you a million pieces of information about this place, but we can't do all the work for you. We'll start you off with the following great features and attractions, and then you can explore on your own. That's half the fun, people!
Great for Dog Lovers
October 2012 brought with it the arrival of the Ellisville Dog Park. Also, if your furry friend gets sick, Ellisville Veterinary Hospital is right nearby.
Insects That Aren't Annoying
Make a 10 minute drive north and you'll come across The Butterfly House. It's exactly what it sounds like. Have you ever been surrounded by thousands of butterflies? It's like the first time listening to the Beatles. Coincidentally, a band named after different insects.
Time Without the Crime
You'll have plenty of time to enjoy St. Louis, but since you're outside of the city limits, you'll dodge the high crime rates reported there. From casinos to good old fashioned historical monuments, you can enjoy the Gateway to the West while maintaining your safe and lovely residence in Ellisville.