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Get to Know the Ellis Pond Community

"Get to Know Your Community" by Ken Urman

This post is the fourth in a series offering insights into the unique
characteristics of specific neighborhoods on Mercer Island and communities surrounding Lake Washington, including Parkwood, Tarywood, Woodridge, Judkins Park and Newcastle.

One Mercer Island community has a pond as its centerpiece. The Ellis Pond Community is located mid-island, with trails and streets leading to a four-acre pond and city park. It is located on 90th Ave SE, between SE 47th and SE 45th St. The community moves out a few blocks in every direction with quick access to the park. A trail system also connects 89th Ave SE to 90th Ave SE.

Ellis Pond community has only a small number of homes, many on large lots. The area is very desirable, primarily due to the nearby pond, mid-island location, attractive homes, and proximity to schools and library. Home ownership in the Ellis Pond community tends to be very stable. For example, in the last year, only two homes were sold.

Long ago, the Ellis Pond probably was carved out by retreating ice. Today, storm water and several perpetual springs feed the pond. Water is always there, but with much during wetter periods.

The park itself has footpaths adjacent to the pond and an elevated 208' wooden boardwalk trail through the wetlands. Many bird and animal species can be found year around in the habitat defined by the park and the pond, making it a terrific area for bird watching. One recent visitor commented Ellis Pond was the "Cutest duck pond I've seen."

Ellis Pond benefits from the care provided by its community; local neighbors have been stewards of the pond for many years and have helped plant native trees and shrubs. The Ellis Pond Community often holds work parties and when the work is complete, they have been known to gather for potlucks -- not a block party, but rather a pond party! Ellis Pond on Mercer Island is always a lovely place to
walk, relax and enjoy.

By Ken Urman, Realtor®

Ken Urman is a full-time Realtor with more than 20 years experience, and is
ranked among the top performers in his profession. He lives in Mercer Island,
WA. and serves Mercer Island and the communities around Lake Washington. Buyers and Sellers benefit from the power of his experience, professionalism, and
perseverance in achieving their real estate goals. Learn why Ken is a better
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Kendall Watson February 08, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Ken, thanks again for another interesting blog on Mercer Island neighborhoods! The Ellis Pond neighborhood seems to be another example of a colloquial place name that residents gave to the neighborhood themselves, based on a local landmark. If you look at older planning maps of Mercer Island, you'll notice that the same area ID'ed as the Ellis Pond neighborhood is called "Allview Heights" — likely the name the developer gave it back when the land was platted in 1930s or so. The Lakes, or Parkwood, for example, is not like this. Those are names given to 1960s-70s era subdivisions built as a self-contained development, that didn't necessarily connect with the existing street grid like the Ellis Pond area does. Also interesting is the fact that this area is the high point of the island (along with the Mercer Island Library), just shy of 400 feet above sea level.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA February 09, 2013 at 05:00 PM
. A lot of people don't know about Ellis Pond. It's really hidden clear out of sight. JGropp-
Ken Urman, Real Estate Broker February 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Kendall, Thank you for the extra info....I love Island history and trivia. I would have guessed that First Hill or parts of North Mercer might be at a higher elevation. As far as differentiating communities. The NWMLS breaks the Island into 30 separate communities of which Ellis Pond and Allview Heights are two. I believe these communities may overlap. I look forward to researching Allview Heights to better distinguish the two. My goal is to outline and distinguish all 30 communities.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA February 11, 2013 at 03:45 PM
. After I go to the Library tomorrow, I'll go take a look at Ellis Pond. It probably hasn't changed much. J-

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