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Field Of Dreams Property - Farm For Sale!
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Field Of Dreams Property  -  Farm For Sale!

In 1982, movie director Phil Alden Robinson read the novel Shoeless Joe, a book about a farmer who listened to a strange voice and built a baseball field in the middle of his corn crop. Six year later, Robinson was given the go-ahead by Universal Studio executives to turn the book into a full-fledged movie. To make the film happen, Robinson needed just the right farm, the perfect 'field of dreams' property. With the help of movie scouts and the Iowa Film Board, Robinson eventually zeroed in on a farm outside Dyersville, Iowa, owned by farmer Don Lansing. The rest, as they say, is history.

The resulting movie proved a smash hit with critics and moviegoers alike, generating a steady stream of visitors to Don Lansing's farm that now numbers 65,000 visitors annually. Lansing and his wife, Becky, have maintained the property in its wholesome condition, allowing all comers to visit the field free of charge. Free to roam the corn, free to run the bases, free to 'go the distance'.

In May, 2010, saying they had nurtured and protected the property and allowed it to become all it was meant to be, the Lansings announced they were putting their 193-acre farm--including the ballfield and now-famous farmhouse with wrap-around porch--up for sale. After courting numerous offers, and even inviting Kevin Costner to bid on the property, the Lansings announced in October, 2011, that the farm had been sold to an investment group headed by the Chicago husband-wife team of Mike and Denise Stillman. At a press conference announcing the sale, the Stillmans admitted they watched the Dreams movie during one of their first dates and listened to the movie's soundtrack while studying together as college students at Bradley University.

The Stillmans, operating in concert with other investors, have announced a two-phase plan to develop a modern 24-field baseball/softball complex and training facility. Construction of the first phase, which includes 12 fields as well as visiting clubhouses, is slated for completion in 2014. After that, a second phase will usher in another 12 ballfields and an indoor training facility.

In an interview, the Stillmans said they have hopes to make the Field of Dreams property accessible to young people of all ages, throughout the entire country, because many young people at the present time lack quality training facilities and quality ballfields to play upon. Mrs. Stillman also feels the aura and magic of the field lies in the property's original and wholesome condtion, and she'd like to keep it that way.

Can't argue with that. The magic is what the Field of Dreams in Iowa is all about.


Street Talk

A prime example of what passion for a project can do. First the Lansing farm then Stillmans dream. It takes a lot of passion to see projects like this through to their fruition

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  about 9 years ago

True, it takes passion, John. But I fear the passions of the new owners don't quite match those of the old. We'll have to wait and see.

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  about 9 years ago

So this investment group is going to change the field itself? No more corn around the current field? Sure hope they can preserve the original field and the house as well. Great stuff here as usual, buddy.

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  about 9 years ago

They've pledged to leave the original ballfield intact, including the surrounding corn and house...but I've already seen a Facebook page that says the big red barn near the house will be converted into a restaurant...and the preliminary drawings of the new layout show two huge parking lots right in front of the entire place....if that's true, you can kiss ambiance goodbye...I no longer have a warm fuzzy about this entire transformation....

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  about 9 years ago

i like your article Bill

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you, Geoffrey!

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  about 9 years ago
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