Ellisville, Missouri is located in the western part of St. Louis County. The community has a population of about 9,500 citizens. In 2009, Money magazine named Ellisville 25th on its list of the "Best Places to Live in America."HistoryIn the 1830s, Capt. James Harvey Ferris settled here just west of what is today Kiefer Creek Road. The home that Ferris first built was later sold to Vespasian Ellis, a St. Louis news editor. When Ellis was assigned to Venezuela as American consul there, he sold the home to a native Virginian, William A. Hereford. Ironically, Hereford wanted to name the community Ellisville to pay homage to his earlier home, Ellisville, Virginia. Parks and RecreationMountain bikers love the trails at the expansive Castlewood State Park. Both hikers and bikers can select from trails of varying difficulties. Or, simply relax during a family picnic and take in the beauty of the Meramec River. Queen Park offers residents many options. The children will enjoy the large playground. There are nature trails to enjoy, and there's fishing too. Don't forget to check out the Dog Museum here. In nearby Chesterfield, the kids will delight in seeing some 2,000 tropical butterflies at the Butterfly House. The children can climb the 30-ft caterpillar sculpture at the entrance. There are over 80 species of butterflies and 150 species of plants to be enjoyed here. Attractions and ActivitiesAt the Inland Fun Center, go-kart enthusiasts will love the 1,100-ft long Grand Prix course that includes an overpass and seven turns. The center also offers batting cages, mini-golf and bumper boats. The game room offers over 30 different games. From May to October, a quick trip west to Glencoe will bring you to the Wabash Frisco & Pacific Railroad. Enjoy a leisurely, two-mile trip back in time that takes about 30-minutes. At the St. Louis Museum of Transportation, there's no fewer than 70 locomotives on display. Some are true "one-of-a-kind" examples of true Americana.EventsBluebird Park is a gathering spot for residents throughout the year as it hosts concerts and a 5K run/walk. There's also an annual Chili Cook-Off held at Bluebird Park.Ellisville real estate consists mostly of single family homes. These include some modestly-priced homes that often include 1,500 to 2,200 sq-ft of living space. Ellisville homes that a prospective Ellisville home buyer might consider include those with acreage. A skilled Ellisville real estate agent can efficiently acquaint you with the many different Ellisville MO homes for sale. If you'd like to build your dream home, an Ellisville realtor can show you beautiful Ellisville properties that remain to be developed.