House & Home

Overland Park mansion’s spacious kitchen lands it a finalist spot in HGTV contest

The glass wall fills the kitchen with natural light and offers a view of a green, rambling lawn.
The glass wall fills the kitchen with natural light and offers a view of a green, rambling lawn. ReeceNichols

Getting your million-dollar mansion featured as a finalist in an HGTV contest might be the ticket to getting it sold.

Cami Jones, real estate agent with ReeceNichols, listed a 9,313-square-foot home in Overland Park’s Farm at Garnet Hill subdivision for $2.8 million last fall.

Like a lot of high-end homes, it sat on the market for a while, until it was nominated as a finalist in the Kitchen + Dining category of HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt Challenge.

ReeceNichols submitted photos for 25 of its listed homes to the contest. The Overland Park home was the only one nominated as a finalist.

HGTV has dubbed it “Eat-In Kitchen With Dual Dining Areas,” and it’s competing against seven other homes from around the country in the same category. All have drool-worthy kitchens that you can tour virtually and vote on. Voting ends July 18.

“I did a big open house in the spring during the week I found out it was going to be in the HGTV contest,” Jones says. “I think it played a part, because it got more people into the house, which is beautiful. The buyers saw it during the open house.” They closed on the sale recently.

The large kitchen has a European country feel, featuring encaustic tiles with blue and gold Moroccan patterns and two eating areas: a tabletop built into the island and a dining table sitting in front of a floor-to-ceiling window. A separate, all-white dining room has a more modern feel.

According to the online listing, the rest of the custom-built home features a two-story foyer, first-floor master suite with large dual closets and a spa-like bath. There’s also a covered lanai just off the kitchen and a home theater and game room.

HGTV partnered with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, of which ReeceNichols, the listing agent, is a member.