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Our Story | About Us

John Barcelona
President and CEO
Chestnut Homes, Inc.

About Chestnut Homes, Inc.

Chestnut Homes, Inc. is dedicated to the business of constructing well-planned, high quality and competitively priced residential  and commercial developments in the Chicago metropolitan area. Hallmarks of our company include superior management, environmental leadership and a culture of attention to details.

A Word About Our Founder

For John Barcelona, President of Chestnut Homes, its never been about just selling homes or office condominiums. On the residential side of our business, John has always focused on carefully constructing homes, brimming with amenities, on unique pieces of property. The focus is on creating an environment that families will love calling home.

John says, I travel all over the Chicago and Hilton Head Island South Carolina areas, looking for land with something extra: stands of trees, scenic water views, open space or rolling terrain. I look for outstanding locations, near transportation, close to parks and recreational areas.

Since the 1980s, John has been helping bring buyers together with their dream homes. He began his career as an attorney representing builders and buyers. In 1987, John formed The Woodhill Corporation with two partners.

Several thousand happy homes later, John Barcelona achieved his lifelong dream of building and developing his own communities when, in 1996, he created Chestnut Homes, Inc., which is located in Burr Ridge, IL. In addition to developing communities in the Chicago suburbs, the company is also building custom homes in Bluffton, SC., just outside beautiful Hilton Head Island.

The same integration of location, design, and construction efficiency is seen in the office condominium, commercial build-out, and residential remodeling projects that the company has undertaken in the Chicago suburbs. The company has expertise in land acquisition, entitlement and development. It provides consulting and construction management services for banks, investors, and other development firms in both the residential and commercial sectors.

We hope that the realization of Johns dream makes it a little easier for you to achieve yours.

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Chestnut Homes, Inc. is Currently Building the Following:

  • Single family semicustom homes in Willowbrook, IL.
  • Single family semicustom homes in Westmont, IL.
  • Single family custom homes in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC.
  • Commercial land development in Wadsworth, IL.
  • Consultation services to investors and banks.