There are some great homes for sale in Kansas City right now. This week we'll visit 3 very different homes; each with its' own unique history.
First up is the castle house for sale in Kansas City's Old NE part of town. Castle? Yes, this house is built in the Normandy castle style complete with turret!
This 5 bedroom, 2 full and 2 half bath home was built in 1909. It is the first residential home in Kansas City to use reinforced concrete in its' construction. Set on a 0.4acre lot just south of Cliff Drive in the Old Northeast, this house is astounding!
The stone for the house came from a nearby quarry at 2nd and Lydia way before that part of Kansas City was developed. The wood finishing the concrete floors, stairs and doorways came from the U.S., Canada, England and Cuba. I love the large wrap-around porch, the woodwork, and the view from the rooftop.
Learn more about this castle in Kansas City.
Tiffany Castle is listed by Kathy Stone and Walter Guth of Prudential Kansas City Realty. List price for this 4,282 square foot home is $450,000. This is one unique home;if you want different - this is it!
Next up is the Western Auto Lofts. The Western Auto building was originally built by the Coca Cola Company.
In the 1930's, the Western Auto family bought the building from Coca Cola and used it as their headquarters until the 1980's. Converted to residential condo lofts in the late 90's/early 2000's, the Western Auto building is built in the shape of a half circle.
The Western Auto Building has been a landmark in Kansas City for a century. The HOA association bought the rights from the family to keep the sign perched atop the building.
The views from the rooftop deck will take your breath away. You can see for miles in all directions. The downtown skyline, the Liberty Memorial; no other condo building in Kansas City offers such extraordinary views and convenient location. Though not visible from Western Auto, Kansas City's Union Station is across the street from the Liberty Memorial so is also just minutes from the lofts.
The condo lofts in the Western Auto building are just as architecturally pleasing as the exterior architecture. Soaring ceilings and true loft space uplift your spirits the moment you enter. There are 10 units currently listed for sale in the Western Auto; each unit's floorplan is unique. No cookie-cutters here!
Western Auto Lofts are just 5 blocks south of the Sprint Center and a few blocks north of Crown Center. As a matter of fact, you can hear the bands play on the Boulevard Stage when Grand is blocked off for the Irish Fest. This weekend, the American Royal Parade will march right by the front of the Western Auto buiding.
Prices range from $150,000 for a 1 bedroom/1 bath unit to $285,000 for a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath unit. One unit, listed by John Erickson with Remax, has a patio which of course is rare in this historic building.
Sarah Jo Brown, with Infinity Realty, has a 2 story, 1 bedroom unit listed for sale with the true loft feel. It would be difficult to choose between the units. The patio unit is brightly colored and compact while the 2 story unit is more earth tones with a larger kitchen area. Tough choice.
Floor plans in the units on the east or curved side of the semi-circular building follow the curve of the building - trés cool!
Other Kansas City Real Estate agents with listings for sale in the Western Auto Lofts are: Tanya Fortman and Damon Earnshaw with Reece and Nichols; Al Urban with Platinum Realty; Greg Abel the Rehabber/discount broker with Avenue Real Estate Co.; Larry Borkowski and Blake Nelson with Keller Williams.
My last pick for the best listings for sale in Kansas City this week is an historic home in the Rockhill Neighborhood next to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.The gracious home was designed by renowned architect Clarence Shepard in 1928.
Both the Rockhill Neighborhood and the Museum are named after William Rockhill Nelson, one of Kansas City's influential early developers. Nelson worked with JC Nichols in creating attractive, livable neighborhoods.
This is a more traditional style home than the lofts or the castle. With 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, this home is perfect for families wanting to be near the cultural amenities in Kansas City.
Butterflies greet you as you enter up the curving brick walkway lined with flowers. Inside, every room is finished to perfection; from the kitchen fit for a chef to the spacious bedrooms, this home will caress you with comfort.
Outdoor kitchen? Yes, it's right by the swimming pool 3 car garage? Of course! And talk about well-priced - this home is listed for only $1,200,000. Considering the owners paid nearly that much in 2004 and then added about the same amount in upgrades, this home is an unbeatable deal!
The cheerful center hall Dutch Colonial is located between Kansas City Sculpture Park by the Nelson and Gilham Park to the east. You could not find a more wonderful neighborhood in which to walk the dog, get your early morning run in, or just take a pleasant evening stroll.
So, which home appeals to you?
♦ The outstanding loft?
♦ The one-of-a-kind castle?
♦ The gracious, traditional home in Rockhill?
The variety of Kansas City homes for sale today is remarkably diverse. Deciding which neighborhood and style of home suits you best is sometimes difficult t6 choose just one. If you need help figuring out where you'd like to live, I'd be happy to meet with you!
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