Plats 35,000 sq. ft. or larger were the type of plats you could do as “relaxed standards” plats because you didn’t have to build roads to the county’s specifications. You could do it whatever way you wanted. We started out with that kind of plat, so all the Mirrormont lots are 35,000 sq. ft. or larger. I operated bulldozers and backhoes and road graders. I actually did quite a bit of the work myself out here in the development of Mirrormont. I had some interesting experiences
The oil system was unique at that time. A lot of developments had gas underground, and electricity for furnaces, but most places used oil tanks for diesel oil and at that time diesel oil was about 10 cents/gallon. Incredible, when now it’s over $4/gallon. It was quite reasonably priced to heat houses with. I met these people who had a big oil company downtown, one of the biggest in Seattle. They were telling me about this idea they had. It’d been done back east several places
From an interview with Mirrormont’s developer Rod Loveless: It was difficult to get water out here. Everybody had wells. So we started Mirrormont Services and developed a water system, then expanded into other areas. At one time we were the 10th largest privately owned water district in WA. When we first started this, I had been very active in putting in water mains in developments when I platted lots, and I’d do the utilities myself. I’d put in the water mains and dig the di
Rod Loveless devoted ten years of his life to Mirrormont, and later developed Country Village in Bothell, home of the 15-ft chicken. After being in the Army during WWII, he got into building and developing property. He partnered with a high school buddy, Glenn Nordlie, to form Woodland Properties. He also formed other businesses connected to Mirrormont: Mirrormont Services, Inc. built and maintained our water system; Loveless Construction Company and Loveless & Dillon, Corp.