Each week, we look at the most expensive MLS-listed house in each state.
Remember “Let’s Make a Deal”? Host Monty Hall would famously offer to trade what you had in your hands for what lurked behind three different doors. Depending on which door you picked, you’d win an incredible prize or … a lifetime supply of Turtle Wax (cue sad trombone).
Kansas’ most expensive home, listed for sale at $ 14 million, made us feel a bit like the legendary Hall minus the gag gifts. While we know the host gave contestants just three doors to choose from, we felt generous and offer you five choices to pick what you’d do with this home in Shawnee, KS. Which door would you choose?
Behind door No. 1 is the opportunity to live with your extended family in a spacious 13,000-square-foot home on 103 acres of land. Of course, all the luxury trappings are included: a home theater, a wine cellar, waterfalls in front and back, six fireplaces, and a butler’s pantry.
As co-listing agent Jim Holland said, “The home has so many add-ons and supplements that it’s difficult to name them all.”
Behind door No. 2 is the opportunity to become a true equestrian. Put on your boots and saddle up. In addition to the house and all its luxury accoutrements, you’ll get a brand-new 7,000-square-foot horse facility. With eight stables, the deluxe facility is perfect for housing your horses and unleashing your inner cowgirl (or cowboy). And with over 100 acres of land, there’s plenty of space to gallop around your estate.
Behind door No. 3 is the opportunity for an institution to buy the home and use it as a rehabilitation facility. Co-listing agent Teresa Dunn explained the home was built for its owner—a quadriplegic businessman named Ron Deffenbaugh, who died in 2014. The home was built with accessibility in mind: It accommodates a wheelchair, has an elevator that can fit a gurney, and includes oxygen outlets in each room.
Deffenbaugh intended the house to one day be a home for paraplegic children, a neighbor said to KCTV5. “We’ve heard from several institutional facilities about the home,” Holland said. “It would make for a fabulous rehabilitation facility.”
Dunn said many of those institutions are particularly interested in the detached 40,000-square-foot outbuilding that could serve any number of purposes to provide care.
Behind door No. 4 is the opportunity that the enormous outbuilding affords. It could house … a brand-new car! And another! And another! We’re in game-show mode, but you get the picture. Dunn believes the outbuilding could entice a car collector who wants to store an entire fleet of automobiles on-site.
Behind door No. 5 is the opportunity that can come from economic growth rebounding in Kansas. Both Dunn and Holland said Kansas City’s corporate base is growing and the $ 14 million price tag isn’t unusual for the area. “You don’t see [homes like this] change hands often,” Holland said. It would make a “fantastic corporate retreat.”
No matter which door is picked, both agents believe the “magnificent” home will make some lucky buyer happy. But the challenge is getting a buyer to go all-in, Holland said. “It’s hard to sell someone else’s dream to somebody else.”