Lincolnshire’s History, and the Historic Florsheim Estate Gatehouse at 200 Riverwoods, LINCOLNSHIRE, IL 60069
Linconshire was incorporated in 1957. Lincolnshire is one of the wealthier communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. It appears much as it did 30 years ago when its first homes were built on what was then a gentleman farmer`s estate. The Des Plaines River winds through Lincolnshire, which remains heavily wooded today.
A village ordinance identifies and protects environmentally sensitive areas from overly zealous residential developers in order to preserve the forested areas
In Lincolnshire, the traditional grid layout for streets is banned throughout the village. All Lincolnshire`s thoroughfares follow the curves and contours of the land. Because the streets curve, it puts home at different angles and everyone has a little different view.
Most of Lincolnshire`s housing is of the single-family variety and the oldest house in the village dates back to 1954. Lincolnshire`s residential and commercial sections have been carefully segregated. Lincolnshire`s commercial development allows the village to have lower real estate taxes than a number of areas in Chicagoland.
The Marriott Lincolnshire Resort provides a large percentage of the village`s operating budget through room and sales tax revenue. The resort`s recreational facilities offer a range of activities from golf to theater. Lincolnshire’s commercial sector provides about 60 percent of the budget. The 300-acre Lincolnshire Corporate Center, is home to about 30 corporations.Today Lincolnshire has little vacant land left to develop within its boundaries and the comprehensive plan does not include plans for further annexations.
The Florsheim Estate is for sale:
The Florsheim estate was formerly known as the Harham Farm, where the Florsheims, of Florsheim Shoe Co., raised hundreds of championship Airedale, Welsh and wirehaired terriers, dozens of racehorses and thousands of double-breasted turkeys. The estate was sold to developer Arthur J. Greene in the mid 1980′s. The 55-acre property was renamed Whytegate. Greene developed 69 single family homes in Whytegate, each in the $250,000-to-$350,000 range.
The gatehouse, summerhouse and stablemaster`s quarters, built by Harold M. Florsheim for a weekend and summer retreat in 1932, remain – and the gatehouse is now for sale (see the specifics a few paragraphs below.)
In Lincolnshire, any buildings with historical value must be preserved if possible. Several structures on the Florsheim estate — the gatehouse, stable and summerhouse — were renovated and sold as homes. The exteriors of those Florsheim buildings may not be altered and all plantings on their properties must be indigenous.
Missing are the old barn that stood in the way of the new road, five miles of pasture fencing and the thousands of trophies that once lined the dusty display shelves throughout the stablemaster`s quarters. (The trophies were donated to the American Kennel Club Museum in New York.)
More information on the Florsheim gatehouse property is noted below (If you’d like to tour the property in consideration of making an offer – please call Buyer Broker Chicagoland at 847-566-7558 – so that we can help you negotiate the best possible price. We do not represent the seller of the property):
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