Unit 409 is for sale with an asking price of just under $1.25 million.
Paul Clem, listing agent with ReMax Legacy and owner of Kansas City Urban Homes, as well as a fellow resident of Conover Place, says the owners are sad to leave Unit 409, but are moving to Los Angeles.
The loft has the type of amenities that people looking to move from a house would love, he says.
“Many times, particularly for people who are not moving within the urban area and are coming from the suburbs, they think they’re downsizing, but I like to say it’s upgrading,” says Clem.
“There are certain things on their punch list — their must-haves — and usually a deck is right up there. And there are just very few condos for sale in the city that have decks. So this one has not just one — this huge terrace with an egress on both sides, from the master bed and the living area, and facing the Kansas City skyline — but it also has the deck off the back.”
The owners have decorated Unit 409 with a highly sophisticated yet eclectic mash-up of vintage and contemporary furnishings that complement its soaring 13-foot high wood ceilings, oiled concrete floors and exposed duct work. The furnishings aren’t included in the listing price, but Clem says the owners might be willing to part with a piece or two here or there.
The space also features 150 linear feet of large windows offering sweeping views of the downtown skyline and River Market. We visited on an overcast day and the place was still flooded with natural light.
Several northeast-facing windows in the loft’s sitting area, where a grand piano currently sits, look out on a huge Lewis and Clark mural on the side of River Market Antiques just one block away.
Right now, the common areas are configured as a media room, dining room, sitting room and recreation room surrounding a large, modern free-standing kitchen, on one side of the unit. A master suite that includes a bathroom and fitness area, a guest suite and a flex room with a fold-down Murphy bed are on the other side of the unit. There are also rods for hanging clothing tucked into a passageway behind the master bed and along walls leading to the flex room. The spareness of the storage adds to the industrial feel of Unit 409.
The fitness and flex rooms could be configured as third and fourth bedrooms, Clem says. In fact, the entire unit can be reconfigured in a variety of ways by adding or removing walls.
Developer George Birt, who has invested more than $60 million in apartment renovation and construction projects in the River Market, demolished several buildings to make room for Conover Place. Completed in 2002, the 32-unit building was built to resemble older, nearby brick buildings.
Among the more striking architectural features in Unit 409 is a two-sided gas fireplace, fronted on each side by thick patinated metal plates, that separates the media room and master bedroom; a tub sunk inside a platform and separated from the fitness room and views of the city skyline by drapes that can be pulled apart; and a huge walk-in shower lined with the same terra cotta-colored marble tile as the bathtub platform.
Clem notes that it’s highly unusual to find 4,500 square feet on a single level anywhere.
“There are eight condos on the market right now currently listed for $1 million or more,” he added. “And this is the only one that’s downtown. The others are in The (Residences of) Kirkwood, The Walnuts and The Sulgrave (Regency) near The Plaza.”
The building is secured with keypad access and Unit 409 comes with three underground garage spaces and two storage units.
According to Clem, Conover Place’s strong HOA comprises 31 tenants.
“Everyone takes pride of ownership,” he says. “They’re all professionals. There’s a chief medical officer at KU, attorneys, doctors, business people, CFOs, CEOs, consultants.”