JUL 9, 2008

A Testament to Quality

25-year residents of Rob Roy Country Club Village praise builder, sense of community.

A quarter-century ago, an empty-nester couple named Ralph and Jane Shepstone sought to downsize from their single-family Glenview home after their children had left the nest. Little did they know that they would find a sense of community at Rob Roy Country Club Village in northwest-suburban Prospect Heights that would keep them there for decades to come.

In the early 1980s, Rob Roy was a brand-new community with the promise of great neighbors and an invigorating lifestyle. The well-respected Benach family, a scion of Chicago’s homebuilding industry, built Rob Roy after constructing quality homes in the suburbs for more than 10 years.

When the Shepstones moved to Rob Roy in 1983, they selected the Raleigh floor plan. It had three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a basement - just what they wanted for an easy, downsized, retiree lifestyle. Now, 25 years later, Ralph and Jane Shepstone still live in their Raleigh in Rob Roy Country Club Village (with a few modern updates, of course) and praise their developer who continues to offer Chicago area residents quality homes.

Though it has been years since the Shepstones bought their Lexington Homes home, they still remember the service they received from the buyer-friendly company.

According to Mr. Shepstone, sales associate Debbie Dompke, who still works for Lexington today at their new community Willow Place in Wheeling, is the one who helped the Shepstones select their Rob Roy home.

Throughout the time the Shepstones have lived at Rob Roy, they have remained extremely involved with the goings on in the community, which they attribute to Lexington Homes for turning the organization over to two founding committees after they completed the development.

“The people who keep us here are attuned to volunteering and keeping the place up to scratch,” Mr. Shepstone said. He noted there are not many children in the community, and it’s mostly empty-nester couples like the Shepstones, whose children have moved away.

“The builder had to turn over the community to committees after 80 percent of the homes were sold, and we’re fortunate that our association remains totally responsible and involved,” he added.

Within the community, many committees have been created to help with upkeep of the neighborhood and socializing. “We have an interior design committee, pools committee and a social committee in addition to maintenance, trees and finance committees,” Mr. Shepstone said. “They are all staffed by volunteers, a dynamic group of neighbors. The clubhouse hosts some interesting activities every day, whether it’s bocce ball or bridge, chair dancing or quilting.”

When the committees first began, he joined the finance committee and went on to become the chairman. Mr. Shepstone helped create the rules of the condo association in Rob Roy Country Club Village, and was the first president of the board. The association later won the Illinois Championship for Condo Associations and the National Championship for Condo Associations.

Today, the Benach family continues its legacy of development with its newest corporate reincarnation, Lexington Homes. Currently, Lexington Homes is selling townhomes at Willow Place, a townhome community in Wheeling, and Lexington Park, a townhome community in Des Plaines. The company has two other communities planned in Bridgeport and Brighton Park.

"Trisha, the salesperson, and Jessie, the project manager, both provided exceptional service."

- David & Terry B.