Even some longtime Elmhurst residents may not know that our town is comprised of more than 30 subdivisions. Some are fairly well known, such as College View, Brynhaven, and Cherry Farm, others might be less certain, such as Country Club Highlands, Pick Subdivision, Emerys, and Elmhurst Parkside.

Unlike some other towns, Elmhurst’s subdivisions aren’t well delineated, but there are certain distinctions in style and size of the homes. And many have their own quirky history. For instance, did you know:

The Crescent Park subdivision was originally platted to be a cemetery. However, after Adam and Katharina Glos (parents of Henry Glos, original owner of the Glos Mansion) died, the land was sold to a Chicago syndicate for development as “the most exclusive residence district in the Western Suburbs.” The small cemetery on Poplar, just south of St. Charles road, contains the graves of Adam and Katharina, along with a few of their children. Henry and his wife Lucy are buried in the Glos Mausoleum, across from the Glos Mansion.


Brynhaven photo courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum

Brynhaven  (north of St. Charles Rd, south of Park Ave, between I-290 and and Poplar) was built 1954-1958 and comprises more than 400 homes on 132 acres. Ranch and bi-level homes were originally priced from $17,500 to $25,000. An advertising brochure boasted, “You can be proud of your surroundings … beautiful homes, curved streets, large mature shade trees, elegant landscaping … everything you’ve ever wanted in a fine neighborhood.”

Cherry Farm Subdivision (St. Charles Rd south to South Street and York Street east to Poplar) was one of the earliest neighborhoods. Named for John R. Case’s cherry orchard, which held 1,000 cherry trees plus an apple orchard, the farm was subdivided in 1907. Early amenities included sidewalks, state-of-the-art drainage, and trees and hedges on every lot.

MacDougall homes photo courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum

In 1954, local builder Robert MacDougall and his brother-in-law formed MacDougall Builders. In the 1950s and ‘60s, the company developed much in south Elmhurst. They built nearly 300 ranch and bi-level and colonial homes in Elm Estates (Butterfield Rd north to Madison St and York St east to Spring Rd) before going on to develop Stratford Hills Estates (Crescent Ave north to Vallette St and I-290 east to Poplar), Atwood Estates (Madison south to Butterfield and Poplar west to Butterfield Park), and the Royal York at 110 W. Butterfield in 1969.

Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group has information about the boundaries of these subdivisions as well as the names and locations of other great Elmhurst neighborhoods. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com to find out what properties are available in your favorite subdivision!

All photos and historical information courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum.