Bresen Lake

Bresen Lake

90 Acres of Prime Development Land

Hawthorn Woods – Stevenson School District – Lake County, Illinois

Catapult Realty is pleased to present this rare opportunity to acquire 90 acres of contiguous land with a 24-acre private lake adjacent to the Village of Hawthorn Woods in Lake County, IL (the “Property”). The land has been owned by one family for nearly 80 years and includes all of Bresen Lake.

The land features the lake, beautiful perimeter woods and farmland. It is in unincorporated Lake County and is less then ¼ mile from Pulte’s new Hawthorn Hills development.

There is existing access is off Gilmer Road which makes it ideal for residential development, private estate, corporate retreat and conference center or perhaps a senior housing enclave.

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Bresen Lake is navigable for boats, great for swimming and water skiing and will be an amazing amenity for future uses.


Bresen Lake map

The subject property is located along the south side of Gilmer Road near where it intersects Indian Creek Road.

The area is served by a small-town shopping districts and nearby regional shopping in Killdeer, Mundelein and Vernon Hills along Routes 12 and 22. These are the main roads in the northwest suburbs and tie into Interstate 355/Route 53 then to I-290 and I-94 providing access to O’hare Airport and downtown Chicago. Interstate 294 serves as the major north-south corridor to the east. There is a convenient Metra train service to downtown Chicago from nearby Mundelein and Vernon Hills. The property is currently surrounded by Hawthorn Woods and could be annexed prior to development.


The Bresen Lake property is currently zoned R-1 Single Family Residence District and Bresen Lake is zoned OS, Open Space. Due to it’s close proximity to Hawthorn Woods the site could be annexed to the Village. If it were annexed an approved PUD would enable a purchaser to maximize the number of buildable lots on the site. The site can also be developed as unincorporated Lake county and tie into the county sewer and water system.

Bresen Lake zoning map

Property Summary

The Property consists of approximately 90 acres including 24 acre Bresen Lake in unincorporated Lake County. The land is wooded on the west perimeter and mostly flat along the remaining perimeters. The site provides a perfect topography for residential development.

There are currently 2 existing homes on the property. The home to the east (Home “A”) sits on 8 acres and is included in the sale of the Property; this home might make a wonderful sales center or could be renovated or replaced, depending on the plan. The existing home to the west (Home “B”) is also on approximately 8 acres and is not included in the sale. (Home “A”) and its land, integrates well into future development plans as shown on the following two development schemes.

The Property has been in the same family for over 80 years and has been magnificently maintained. Bresen Lake is navigable for boats, great for swimming and water skiing and will be an amazing amenity for future uses. The site is currently zoned R-1 in Lake County, and surrounded by residential properties in Hawthorn Woods. Water and sewer is available and could be brought to the site by the County or the Village of Hawthorn Woods.

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