Mirrormont’s Developers

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. built homes here, Pipeline Systems ran our underground heating oil system. Now age 87, he is still actively developing, dealing in real estate, and running a bulldozer and backhoe building a golf course on Decateur Island.

Glenn Nordlie partnered with Loveless after his accordion school by Woodland Park dwindled. Woodland Properties specialized in buying and selling real estate. Business prospered and they kept buying larger tracts of land. They gambled on a large tract on the Hobart Highway and platted Mirrormont. Together, they dug ditches and put in culverts. He died in 2006, at age 80.

John Temcov came from Bulgaria and was very European. At times, he sported a chest-length beard. Originally a resident and realtor in West Seattle, he opened a Seaboard Realty office at 26900 Sunset Highway (US Highway 10, today’s Gilman Blvd, before I-90 was built in the late 1960s). Loveless and Nordlie dealt with Seaboard Realty on several parcels of land, and Temcov showed them a 600-acre tract south of Issaquah on the Hobart Highway owned by Gunder Birkland. He became exclusive representative for Mirrormont lots, with a sales office on 154th Ave SE east of the tennis courts. Shortly before he died at age 83 in 1995, he revised his will to create Temcov Foundation to fund local environmentalists. John was very flowery with his descriptions and came up with the tag-lines used in promotional brochures and advertising, “Elegance in Country Living” and “Above the fog, beyond the smog.” He also had more poetic names for Mirrormont streets. Early maps show Squire Lane, Forest Drive, and Hillside Drive. But King County changed the names to numbers.

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