Join the strong community in Oak Brook that has seen the growth of the city and generations of families. Connie Templeton Keller, Keller Family owner of Templeton Reserve, 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. Connie reflects, “In 1922, my Grandfather purchased Breckenridge Farm, which was about 120 acres, and planted trees around the property. My father began to slowly sell multi-acre home sites in the 1950’s. Many of our neighbors today are original Breckenridge 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 spectacular 55-acre parcel of land on 35th St. one-half mile west of Adams Rd. and immediately adjacent to Breckenridge Farm. After its previous developer ceased operations, the Keller family seized the opportunity to purchase the property. They developed Templeton Reserve as a mix of two, three and four-acre estate home sites to better preserve the integrity of the property legacy and its country heritage. “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. “It was our goal to preserve the country feel, rural nature, and integrity of this property.”
As Dennis Keller, Keller Family owner of Templeton Reserve illustrates, 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. “This is the last parcel of its size and kind in Oak Brook, or in the near Development Story west suburbs for that matter,” said Dennis. “Designing a custom home for these legacy estates will be an architect’s pleasure.” During the summer of 2013 Dennis Keller, his sons David and Jeffrey and their development team added a landscaped berm that runs the entire western edge of the property. “The berm provides a visual and acoustical barrier for Templeton Reserve,” said Dennis. The preservation of the country landscape, which plays such an integral role in these properties was important during development. “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.”
Unique topographical features are present in different lots throughout the development. The three lots in the Northeast corner of the property are adjacent to Oak Brook Farms, a quaint and well-kept horse farm where generations of Oak Brook residents have learned to ride and have boarded a limited number of horses. Along the Eastern side of the property, runs Bronswood Creek, a picturesque tributary of Salt Creek and ultimately, the Des Plaines River. To the east of Bronswood Creek is Breckenridge Farm, a mature, ultra high-end subdivision. To the south, the property is bordered by Brush Hill Forest Preserve. The Western border of the property features a beautifully landscaped berm that rises between fifteen and twenty-five feet in elevation. The Northern border of Templeton Reserve is 35th Street, which is a quiet, well shaded two-lane country road.
The combination of the picturesque setting, the character of each of the individual lots, the location that provides a truly unique blend of security, serenity, and proximity to a world class city make Templeton Reserve an exceptional value. We welcome you to come and explore the magnificent estate lots at Templeton Reserve. We are confident you will find the perfect site for your dream home and help us build a truly exceptional community.