Dick and Karen Thurber spent years living in a golf course community in Raymore, Mo., and a lake community in Fort Scott, Kan. The couple first dipped their toes in the waters of urban living a decade ago when they rented a loft in the Crossroads. They enjoyed life in the heart of the city and later spent three years touring a number of buildings in the metropolitan area searching for the perfect condo in which to spend their retirement.
Among their list of requirements were unparalleled views of the city, resort-style amenities and a variety of available floor plans. They also hoped to find an outdoor area for socializing, grilling and relaxing.
They found it all at One Park Place, at one of the youngest buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. One Park Place offers more than just a place to call “home.” For the Thurbers, it affords short drives to various destinations, uncompromised views, spectacular amenities and the convenience of a lock-and-leave lifestyle in the heart of the community.
In 2013, the couple purchased a fifth-floor condo. In early 2015, they decided to make a move within the building – a move that would provide more square footage and would more comfortably accommodate family gatherings with their four children and grandson. When they toured a listing on the southeast corner of the seventh floor, they eagerly made the jump.
Their current home presents two bedrooms, a cozy study, 2 1/2 bathrooms and over 2,100 square feet of beautiful living space.
Karen left behind the Tuscan-style decor from their home in Raymore in favor of modern finishes and contemporary decor. What resulted is a space that is both sleek and inviting. The open floor plan allows for uninterrupted, easy flow from one room to the next. Rich, walnut flooring was installed in the entry and main living areas, while upgraded carpet has been added in each of the bedrooms and the study.
The monochromatic palette with clean modern lines, bold pops of color, unique chandeliers and interesting textures allows the floor-to-ceiling windows and scenery to take center stage. Comfortable seating, custom shelving, a glass mantel and fireplace burner with glass rocks create a space that promotes both conversation and relaxation.
From inside their kitchen, light shines abundantly on the illumined surfaces of granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances which, along with a granite tile back splash, create a fully equipped workspace ideal for creating lunch for two or dinner for 12.
Walk-in closets are located in each bedroom and features of the en suite master bathroom include a large soaking tub and shower, granite counter tops, dual sinks and ample drawer space and under-sink storage.
The Thurbers have enjoyed what one owner described as “a cul-de-sac community feel, but with much better views,” and both are active in the homeowners association; Dick serves as a board member and Karen has been engaged with the social and architectural control committees.
According to Andrew Mall, who has helped market the building over the last five years with Ellen Vap, people often move from the suburbs to One Park Place because it offers a unique, quality product in a premier location. The incomparable skyline views, maintenance-provided services and vibrant social community are bonuses. Twenty-four-hour front door service and 20,000 square feet of lifestyle amenities afford homeowners convenience and comfort.
“This location high above the city allows owners to enjoy the changing seasons, without worrying about the maintenance that often accompanies a shift in the weather,” said Mall. “And, our residents often tell us that the host of amenities make coming home the best part of their day.”
The building’s state-of-the-art fitness center, including a yoga and Pilates studio, a variety of weight-training machines and cardio equipment, rivals those found at local health clubs. The whirlpool spa, a sauna, an indoor lap pool and a massage room give owners the opportunity to belong to a gym without ever leaving the comfort of home.
A wine-tasting room and temperature-controlled wine cellar, multi-screen media lounge in an inviting bar area, along with a demonstration kitchen, wet bar and spacious party room, comprise an upscale entertainment offering of the finest quality, all under one roof.
The private terrace level, an oasis in the center of the city, is complete with a furnished patio, swimming pool, whirlpool and a barbecue area that plays host to gatherings year-round.
With more than 85 percent of the homes now sold, space at this exclusive address is at even more of a premium. Through Nov. 30, 2015, the developer will pay one year in HOA dues for all buyers of select condos who sign a contract and close a transaction.
One Park Place
Prices: Starting in the low $400,000s.
Location: 700 W. 31st St. Kansas City.
Web: Visit oneparkplacekc.com to schedule a private tour.