Four years ago, a couple with three children from Mission Hills were looking for a home that would provide them with a Lake Quivira lifestyle. They stumbled onto the 6,500-square-foot, one-story home built in 1972 in rural Shawnee, about 20 minutes southwest of Kansas City, says Mike O’Dell, the listing agent with Keller Williams Realty Partners.
They bought, gutted and spent close to $2 million remodeling and expanding on it. The result is a 16-room “ranch-mansion” that’s unassuming on the outside but crisp, polished and contemporary on the inside and surrounded by striking scenery and features.
It’s listed for $2.95 million.
The gated estate sits a quarter of a mile off Johnson Drive, encompasses nine acres and is adjacent to a 10-acre, spring-fed lake.
A stone path leads from the house to a detached brown building called the “field house.” It holds one of the property’s most delightful surprises: a two-hoop basketball court. With its gleaming hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, free-throw and three-point lines, the court is just under regulation size.
A large second floor loft/club room overlooks the court, so spectators can watch the action below. It includes a 159-inch movie screen and projector, a full kitchen and bathroom.
There’s also a four-car garage in the field house that’s in addition to the four-car garage at the main house.
And speaking of the main house, the “Gee, I could throw awesome parties” vibe continues inside. It has an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows at the front and back of the home, flooding it with natural light and offering views of the lake and swimming pool.
The living room opens onto two dining rooms — one formal and one casual — and a two-tone gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances. A massive island has a combination granite and wood countertop. The current owners configured the space to seat more than two dozen people for a meal at two dining tables and the island, but it could accommodate even more.
There are six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. A north wing, just off the living room, has a reading/TV area surrounded by three of those bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Two of them clearly served as children’s rooms — one has pink and green highlights with a hideaway bunk bed and built-in shelving.
The master suite consists of a large bedroom with a fireplace; a huge wood-paneled his-and-hers walk-in closet with so many drawers, shelves and racks that it could double as a men’s haberdashery; and a bathroom with heated tile floors, double vanity, an Effervescence hydrotherapy tub and a dual walk-in steam shower. It, too, has gobs of wood-paneled storage.
The lower level has a large recreation room with a bar, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a gym, two bedrooms and an office with a half bath containing a dry sauna.
“I don’t know anyone who actually uses them (dry saunas), but they all have to have them,” O’Dell says.
There’s also $200,000 worth of audio/visual equipment and wiring on the property. Annual taxes are $19,671.
“The owners redid this home expecting to stay forever,” O’Dell says. “But then they found themselves spending a lot of time in their previous neighborhoods, in Mission Hills, and decided to move back there.”