Connie Templeton Keller grew up in Oak Brook back when it was known as Hinsdale. She has fond memories of the open spaces in what is now Oak Brook, when only a few hundred people lived there. During that time, Butler was a two-room schoolhouse and the shopping center and corporate office corridor weren’t yet a twinkle in Oak Brook founder Paul Butler’s eye.
“In 1922, my Grandfather purchased Breakenridge Farm, which was about 120 acres. He also built Lake Constance; named after my Aunt Connie, and planted trees around the property. My father began to slowly sell multi-acre homesites in the 1950’s. Many of our neighbors today are original Breakenridge Farms homeowners.” Connie and other members of her family have lived on portions of the family farm ever since the 1920’s and treasure the rural flavor the area provides. Her parents’ and grandparents’ homes are still part of the community.
Templeton Reserve is a 55 acre parcel of land on 35th St. one half mile west of Adams Rd. and immediately adjacent to Breakenridge Farms. After its previous developer ceased operations, the Keller family purchased the property and developed Templeton Reserve as a mix of two, three and four acre estate homesites. Sales are underway and one of the homesites has already been sold.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the outpouring of support from our neighbors and other Oak Brook residents for our plans,” said Connie Templeton Keller. “It was our goal to preserve the country feel, rural nature and integrity of this property.”
“This is the last parcel of its size and kind in Oak Brook, or in the near west suburbs for that matter,” said Dennis Keller. “There is an enormous amount of flexibility with the type of homes that can be designed due to the size of the lots and topography of the land. Designing a custom home for these legacy estates will be an architect’s pleasure.”
Templeton Reserve features stands of mature trees, wetlands and six ponds that will be aerated and stocked with fish. Bronswood Creek runs through the property. Oak Brook Farms, where generations of area residents have learned to ride and boarded their horses, is located immediately east of Templeton Reserve.
During the summer of 2013 Dennis Keller, his son David and their development team added a 20-foot landscaped berm to the western edge of the property. “The berm provides a visual and acoustical barrier for Templeton Reserve,” said Dennis Keller. “The streets are in, the entry monument and gate house are built. We are open for buyers who want to build their dream home in the last neighborhood of its kind in Oak Brook.”
“We worked closely with the Keller family on the project,” said Mike Hullihan, Public Works Director for the Village of Oak Brook. “Throughout the process, they were sensitive to the ecology of the area. The property was rezoned to increase the lot sizes; blending well into the Fullersburg area of Oak Brook, which is the heart and the oldest part of the village. There were several options available to mitigate the sound of Route 83 and the family chose the most elaborate and costly option resulting in a good visual screen.”
The Village of Oak Brook has long been a sought-after residential community and is less than 20 miles west of downtown Chicago. Templeton Reserve school children will attend Brook Forest Elementary, Butler Junior High and Hinsdale Central High School, each a consistently high ranking school. Oakbrook Center provides residents a low tax base when compared to surrounding communities and a plethora of retail and dining options. Numerous Fortune 500 companies are located in Oak Brook as are hundreds of other businesses.
Templeton Reserve is minutes from world class healthcare facilities, major transportation arteries and is convenient to both O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Metra commuter rail service to downtown Chicago is available via the Hinsdale and Elmhurst stations.
Templeton Reserve spans over 55 acres and is the last buildable parcel of its size in Oak Brook. Homesites range in size from two to over four acres and are priced from $2.3 to $3.9 million. Located nearby are the historic Graue Mill, Fullersburg Woods and Brush Hill Forest Preserves, along with the Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club, Oak Brook Sports Core and numerous other Oak Brook Park District facilities.
Interested persons are encouraged to visit www.templetonreserve.com for further information and contact representatives Diana and Chuck Ivas of Berkshire Hathaway at (630) 325-5555 or Elaine Zannis of @properties at (630) 915-8648.