Lake Glenn-Ellen is a community of 141 single-family homes in Miami Lakes built by The Graham Companies in 1980.
The company named lakes in town for women in the Graham family or after someone with ties to the business.
This lake, near the south- east corner of Miami Lakes Drive and Northwest 87th Avenue, is a tribute to Glenn-Ellen Rawls, whose late husband Lou Rawls was an executive and board member with The Graham Companies.
“It was a surprise and an honor,” Glenn-Ellen Rawls said. “Especially with a name like mine, which no one else has.”
“Lake Glenn-Ellen, named after my great friend, Glenn-Ellen Rawls, is a wonderful community of homes situated on beautiful tree-lines streets on the west side of Miami Lakes,” said Lynn Matos, a Realtor with RE/MAX Unique Realty.
“Pride of ownership is evident throughout,” Matos said. “Many of the homes are on the lake and are situated on oversized lots.”
The entrance is on Balgowan Road, where drivers’ tags are recorded at a guardhouse that serves several communities.
There is a beach and four pocket parks maintained by the town; Miami-Dade County takes care of a fifth park.
Most homes are one story, with up to four bed- rooms and three bathrooms. Residences have garages and some feature backyard pools.
The community is close to Picnic Park West and restaurants and businesses at the Park Centre Shops.
For commuters, the Palmetto Expressway and roads that lead to Interstate 75 are close, too.
Who lives there?
The community is a mix of long-time owners and newcomers.
“We fell in love with the community back in 1980,” said Esperanza Reynolds, who is an original owner.
“It was enchanting for us and it’s been quite the adventure for us,” Reynolds said. “It is very safe, which is a very important feature.”
Former Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton lives there, too.
What does it cost?
A four-bedroom, four bath lakefront home is listed at $720,000.
Each property owner pays $100 in annual fees for maintenance of the lake and perimeter wall, according to Georgina Luces, vice presi- dent of the HOA board.
Photos by Megan Jacobo.