Kansas Home Worth $975,000
Nov 9, 2022
New York
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Abstract: The mid-century modern home in Prairie Village, Kansas, is not only noted for its unique design, but also for its jaw-dropping $975,000 asking price.

The minimalist home is priced well above the Prairie Village median of $375,000, and it has only one bedroom and two bathrooms. But it's distinctive in style, designed by renowned architect Bruce Goff and built in 1967.


"The house is called Searing House (after its owner) and this is the first time it has been listed since it was built," says Katherine Lee, listing agent for Bash & Co. Katherine Lee, listing agent for Sotheby's International Realty, said.


"Bruce Goff designed three homes in Kansas City, and this is one of them. This house is located in Prairie Village, which was notorious for its Cape Cod-style homes when Kansas City was being developed, so it's very unique," Lee explains.


Wooden room dividers separate the living areas in the 1,515-square-foot home. The space is centered around a triangular fireplace located in the middle of the room.


"The design is super unique because it's basically one room with two bathrooms and an all-wood partition wall that folds down," Lee says." The way it's laid out is really a work of art."


The octagonal house is filled with windows and sliding doors that fill the space with natural light. There's even a skylight above the fireplace.


Original details include wood-filled walls and ceilings, a banana-yellow kitchen, and a wall full of teal carpet.


The original intent was to build a house inspired by traditional Japanese minimalism and open communal living.


After purchasing the land, the owners encountered local resistance to the construction.


Construction of the house was halted when a city developer arrested the crew working on what he believed to be an illegal structure.


A union strike ensued, and construction of the developer's new shopping center was subsequently halted. The developer eventually relented and the house was completed.


"The owners raised a family here and have spent years protecting and maintaining it. It's in much the same condition as when it was built, but the bathrooms have been modernized," Lee said.


"The entire footprint of the house is also down there, so the downstairs space can be finished," she added." It's almost exactly the same footprint as the house. They have a workshop and gardening room downstairs, but it could be converted into a recreation room for the kids or even a home office."