Nearly two years ago J. J. Lynn began buying property adjoining the 5-acre tract at 6440 Brooklyn avenue on which his home stood These purchases were made at first in 5 and 10-acre tracts and the land was added to the grounds of his home. Now, however, Mr. Lynn has extended his holdings over an area so great that it is difficult to think of his property merely as a vast lawn.
A MAP OF THE J. J. LYNN HOLDINGS. THE AREA INDICATED AS COMPRISING THE PREVIOUS PURCHASE OF MR. LYNN CONTAINS HIS ORIGINAL HOMESITE. THE SHADED AREA IS THE ABERNATHY PROPERTY HE BOUGHT RECENTLY AND THE SOLID BLACK SECTION IN HIS MOST RECENT AQUSITION.
In all, he owns seventy-eight acres. This property is north of Meyer boulevard, and extends from a point just a little west of Prospect avenue to Woodland avenue. A part of it reaches northward almost to Sixty-third street.
Mr. Lynn's investment in this property, or at least in
seventy-three acres of it, totals $186,600. That does not include the five
acres comprising the original Lynn homesite. Nor is $186,600 the price
for seventy-three acres of vacant ground. Two substantial residences are
on the land, acquired by Mr. Lynn expanding his boundaries. These are the
former homes of Walter L. Abernathy and Dr. Benjamin, Jacobs.
TWENTY-EIGHT ACRES ADDED THIS YEAR.
Two purchases have been made by Mr. Lynn this year. The more recent was the acquisition from the Harper estate of the ground between Woodland avenue, what would be Michigan avenue, Sixty-fifth street and the junction of Meyer boulevard and the Paseo. This property of approximately three acres was bought for $10,000 through the Rieger-Moore Realty Company. A sixth block of boulevard frontage was added to the Lynn holdings through this purchase just made.
The largest single tract bought by Mr. Lynn in assembling the ground was the bulk of the Abernathy home property. This included twenty-five acres, for which he paid the J. C. Nichols investment company $50,000. The Nichols company previously had bought the Abernathy property, thirty acres in all, for $60.000. Mr. Lynn bought from this owner all of this tract except a narrow strip on the west side of Prospect extending from Sixty-third to Sixty-fifth street, and a similar ribbon of ground on the south side of Sixty-third between Brooklyn and Prospect.
LAND’S FUTURE UNKNOWN.
What usage Mr. Lynn ultimately would make of his property, a broad area closely tied into the city's developed area has been a matter of general speculation. A woven wire fence seven feet high extends along Meyer boulevard five blocks, and this has provoked inquiries from many of the motorists who drive across the boulevard en route to Swope Park
The fairways of a recently completed golf course of nine holes stretch over a part of the property. This is the only sizeable, private golf course here and it is comparable with the club courses. The total yardage of the course is approximately 2,800 yards. This distance would he about equal to the second nine holes of the Hillcrest course or either nine at the Kansas City Country Club. The course is on the property indicated in the accompanying map as comprised of Mr. Lynn's "previous purchases."
A rather pretentious entrance set in stone pillars has been built near the west of the boulevard frontage. Above this rises a slope of ground overlooking the boulevard which would be a pleasant building site, should Mr. Lynn decide to erect a new home. His present house cannot be seen from the boulevard.
Mr. Lynn began his series of purchases when an amusement
park was considering buying a 10-acre tract a little northeast of the Lynn
house. At that time it was said he acquired the ground to prevent the park
from becoming his neighbor.
June 14, 1925
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