Each week, we look at the most expensive MLS-listed house in each state.
“The upper-end luxury buyer doesn’t want a me-too type of home,” according to Indianapolis broker Jay O’Neil.
And if you’re all about avoiding the samey-same trap, O’Neil has just the house for you. Located in Indianapolis, the state’s most expensive home awaits a buyer who has $ 6.5 million to stand out from the crowd.
Inspired by his Japanese roots, the late owner wanted a large, open home with a nod to his heritage. The Eastern influence is apparent in the exterior garden with a koi pond and the interior spaces dominated by shoji panels.
“There’s not a piece of drywall” in the entire house, O’Neil said.
The broker also said the work of Frank Lloyd Wright served as inspiration for the gated estate located 10 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. Wright’s influence is seen in the home’s extensive use of wood and the numerous glass panes with their geometric, clean lines. “It really invites the seasons in,” O’Neil said.
He said “no expense was spared” on the seven-year project. The hardwood flooring was imported from Africa, and the chandeliers in the large living area were handmade by a Hawaiian craftsman. “They sought everything to the nth degree,” O’Neil said.
The result is a house that stands apart in a city where the median home price was $ 145,000 in February. O’Neil touted the home’s peaceful vibe and said people’s jaws drop when they walk through the front door.
The home has attracted interest from buyers around the world, O’Neil said, and Indianapolis has become a “vibrant hub” for business in the global economy. Whether the eventual buyer emerges from the U.S. or overseas, O’Neil remains convinced the home is perfect for someone looking to avoid a typical mansion.
“The home is so tastefully done and livable,” he said. “The architecture is just an added advantage.”