Sensational custom-designed lakefront home sells to highest bidder over $550,000 (Previously listed for $1.1M)!

From massive Montana logs & hand-cut stone to heated slate floors & walls of soaring windows, this magnificent custom-built home amazes at every turn. (There’s even an elevator for your convenience!) Seller’s reserve only HALF list price!

Began: 12/04/15 at 1:00 PM CST
Location: 15278 Lake Road 12, Gardner, KS 66030


No expense spared! From massive Montana logs and hand-cut stone to heated slate floors and soaring walls of windows, this magnificent custom-built home surprises and pleases at every turn. (There’s even an elevator for your extra convenience.) Previously listed at $1.1M, it will sell at auction to the highest bidder over the seller’s published reserve of only $550,000!




The main floor opens to both the upper and lower floors with soaring ceilings and walls of windows on the east, west, and south sides. A wonderful master suite fills the remaining space with full laundry facilities just steps away.

ATRIUM: Through the glass-surrounded custom front door and 2-story stacked stone columns, the wide open atrium overlooks a magnificent great room beyond. Framed by massive Montana Douglas Fir logs rising to the log beamed ceiling, the 3-story wall of glass delivers a jaw-dropping lake view. The warm cherry floors and bowed-front custom iron railing invite you to linger and just take it all in.

MASTER SUITE: Exactly the lakeside oasis you’d expect. A large bay window overlooks the lovely landscaping and peaceful lake beyond. Features include heavy crown and base moldings plus a mounted TV and 10’ ceiling with audio, recessed reading lights and ceiling fan. Dual MASTER BATHS offer private vanities with gorgeous Vermont green marble counters, cherry cabinetry, heated slate floors and individual toilet rooms. A full-body spray shower and huge closet can be accessed from each side. Her side also features a lake view Jacuzzi tub.

LAUNDRY ROOM: Loaded with storage and extra features including full-sized sink, pop-up ironing board, rollout trash can, adjustable hanging space and counters. Includes front-loading Whirlpool “Duet” washer and dryer. Large walk-in storage closet across the hall.

GARAGE: Double and single bays with extra tandem storage/work space, hose spigot, and elevator access.



A glass-walled angled staircase with custom iron balusters and coordinating central fixture leads to a loft overlooking the dramatic great room two floors below. The upper floor is perfect space for family and guests with spacious private bedrooms, well-appointed baths, and great views. It also offers two large storage closets and elevator access.

BEDROOM 2: Cathedral ceiling and large bay window give bird’s eye views of the full lake. Ceiling fan, mounted TV, and walk-in closet. Private vanity and Hollywood bath shared with bedroom 3.

BEDROOM 3: Triple windows with tree-top lakeside views. Crown molding, ceiling fan, mounted TV, and walk-in closet. Private vanity and Hollywood bath shared with bedroom 2.

HOLLYWOOD BATH: Custom tiled tub/shower combo and toilet with private vanities and coordinating tile treatments for bedrooms 2 & 3.

BEDROOM 4: Cathedral ceiling with ceiling fan and double windows to the east. FULL PRIVATE BATH with tiled shower, built-in linen storage, and walk-in closet.


LOWER FLOOR (Lake side main level)

The heart of the home, this lake side level is masterfully designed for large-scale entertaining and intimate gatherings. Whether quietly curling up with a book or partying big with friends, these remarkable spaces, both inside and out, are perfect.

GREAT ROOM: Massive Montana Douglas Fir log beams overhead span this grand room, anchored by dual iron chandeliers. Stacked stone columns 35 feet from the heated slate floor to frame fantastic water-to-sky views. An architectural treat, the log beams and stone columns extend right through the soaring wall of windows to continue outside. Central to the room is a spectacular 2-story stone wood-burning fireplace with limestone hearth, mantel and arched top. It is fitted with a handsome custom designed metal doors depicting wildlife and features a striking slate-lined art niche with specialty lighting. The magnificent room also boasts built-in cherry bookcases and cabinets, plus a large wall-mounted LG TV with Yamaha digital sound projector and remote controlled exterior window shades.

WET BAR: A visual (as well as practical!) pleasure just off the great room, it features a curved under lit onyx bar with seating for 4 and unusual colored glass pendants. Black granite counters top cherry cabinetry with KitchenAid wine cooler, Asko dishwasher, and Scotsman ice machine. For added interest, the back wall of the bar is a soothing waterfall and rock feature.

WINE ROOM: An impressive frosted glass door leads to a generously sized wine cellar with slate floors, amber lighting, and 3 walls of diamond bin bottle storage. (Situated under the front porch slab.)

DINING: Situated between the great room and the kitchen, the dining room walks directly out to the lakeside patio through a glass wall with double slider doors. A center chandelier echoes the fixtures in the adjoining great room. Ceiling audio.

GOURMET KITCHEN: Warm granite and light-stained cherry cabinetry coordinate beautifully with custom tile and slate. The unique island has a Sharp microwave drawer, storage, workspace, and a round counter for seating. Top-of-the-line appliances include built-in side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, double Wolf ovens, Wolf 6-burner gas range with custom hood, and dual Whirlpool “Quiet Partner” dishwashers. The kitchen also includes a butler’s pantry with granite counter and lighted glass-front cabinets. Pocket door leads to an additional walk-in pantry providing more storage.

FULL BATH: Hand-finished walls complement an unusual Asian style console vanity with vessel sink and Kohler fixture. Full tiled shower with stone style floor.

FITNESS ROOM: Wall of windows with slider doors walks out to hot tub and lake beyond. Ceiling fan, mounted TV, ceiling audio. Double doors to storage area.

FINISHED STORAGE: Below the suspended slab garage is a fully finished and carpeted storage/work room. Accessed from fitness room and back hallway. Includes four 8×4 shelving units.

BACK HALLWAY: Two utility rooms, walk-in storage closet, elevator access.



Extraordinary open-air living and entertaining right on the water. Enjoy it alone or with lots of friends!

KITCHEN: Distinguished by stone columns with contrasting stone capitals supporting a wood pergola with retractable awning. Uba Tuba granite counters on stacked stone with sink, refrigerator, built-in cooler, and built-in Grand Turbo grill. Free-standing wood-fired pizza oven (cast concrete, lined with fire brick).

HOT TUB: Separate hot tub area with privacy screen and pergola with retractable awning. Situated just outside the fitness room.

PATIO: Large irregular shaped stamped and stained concrete patio area on the water’s edge. Ample room for multiple tables and seating groupings.

EXTRAS: The outdoor living experience is enhanced with a lakeside fire pit, lush landscaping, water features with waterfalls and bridge, stone seawall, and sidewalk from front.



  • Heavy oil-rubbed bronze hardware and fixtures
  • Solid wood 3-panel doors
  • Custom cherry cabinetry
  • Bullnose edging
  • Elevator (Stops on each floor plus garage)
  • Remote controlled exterior window shades
  • Descending chandelier (stairwell)
  • Art display lighting
  • 3 zoned HVAC (Trane XB w/Aprilaire humidifiers)
  • 3 hot water heaters
  • Central vacuum
  • Heated slate floors (Master Bathrooms & Great Room)
  • Ceiling mounted audio
  • Remarkable materials & craftsmanship



  • Stone and lap siding with massive Montana log pillars
  • Stamped, stained concrete drive and back patio
  • Flagstone front patio
  • Lush professional landscaping with evergreens, rose bushes, willows, water features and more.
  • 70’ (approx.) lake front with rock sea wall
  • Irrigation
  • Sprawling lakeside patio with full kitchen and more
  • Pet fence
  • Security system



Construction on Gardner Lake began in 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of President Roosevelt. Located in Johnson County, Kansas, just north of the city of Gardner, the lake is approximately 100 acres. With boat speed restricted to 10mph, Gardner Lake is the perfect retreat for fishing, relaxing, enjoying wildlife, entertaining, or just watching the sun set over the beautiful water. Enjoy the lake year round as your primary residence or for special occasions and getaways as your vacation home!



This is the second custom-built home we’ve had the privilege of selling for these homeowners. They designed a spectacular lakefront home and filled it with upscale amenities. The fixtures, craftsmanship and materials are all the finest quality. Having permanently moved out of state, they chose auction to expedite the sale of this phenomenal home. Though it was previously listed at $1,100,000, they have set their auction reserve at only $550,000 and authorized us to publish it. This is an unparalleled opportunity to own a lakefront showplace at your price!



  • Built in 2007
  • 3 stories
  • 3,404 sq. ft. (approx.)
  • 4 bedrooms; 4 baths
  • 3-car garage
  • Lakefront (on 2 lots)
  • Utilities:
    • Central gas heating
    • Central electric cooling
    • Rural water
    • Holding tank – converting to county sewer (see Property Info Pack)
    • 1-year home warranty included
    • Open houses: 11/22 & 29; 2-4PM
    • Live auction: 12/4 onsite and online
    • Seller’s reserve only $550,000! (Was listed at $1.1M)



  1. Buy it now. Call for details about buying the property in advance of the auction.
  2. Bid live online. Advance registration required.
  3. Bid live onsite. Registration opens at noon.




Onsite bidder registration will begin one hour before the auction. Online bidder registration is open now. All bidders must provide a valid driver’s license and current address.  Online bidders must also provide a credit card to register.  By registering, all bidders acknowledge having read and agree to be bound by the Auction Terms and Conditions.


The successful bidder(s) shall be required to make a 5% non-refundable down payment of the total purchase price immediately following the close of bidding.   Cash, cashier’s check or personal/business check will be accepted from onsite bidders.  Bank wire will also be accepted from online bidders.


Financing is not a contingency of sale in this offering. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that potential bidders ensure in advance that they are able to obtain the necessary financing to close the transaction.


The successful bidder(s) shall execute a purchase agreement immediately following the close of bidding. All final bid prices are subject to Seller approval, unless announced otherwise 


Buyer(s) shall close within 45 days of the auction date. Possession will be delivered at closing subject to any remaining rights of the current tenant(s), if applicable.


Seller shall furnish at seller’s expense an Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance in the amount of the total purchase price and shall execute a general warranty deed conveying the real estate to the buyer(s).


2015 taxes are to be prorated as of the closing date.


Sale of said property is subject to any and all easements of record and any and all leases.


Cates Auction & Realty Co., Inc. and its representatives are Exclusive Agents of the Seller.


A buyer’s premium of ten percent (10%) shall be added to the high bid and included in the total purchase price to be paid by the successful bidder(s).


A commission will be paid to any properly licensed Broker who registers a successful buyer according to the appropriate Broker Participation Agreement. This form is available from the Auction Company and must be completed and returned no later than 48 hours prior to the auction.


The information in the auction advertising was obtained from sources believed to be accurate, but is subject to verification by all parties relying on it.  All sketches and dimensions are approximate.  No liability for its accuracy, errors or omissions is assumed by the Seller or the auction company. All bidders are responsible for conducting their own inspections, investigations, inquiries and due diligence concerning the property. The property is being offered on an “AS IS”, “WHERE IS” basis and no warranty or representations, expressed or implied, is made by the Seller or the auction company. All announcements made by the Auctioneer during the auction take precedence over any previously printed material or any other oral statements made. All information contained in the advertising and all related materials are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the purchase agreement. Advertising may contain pictures of wildlife and other items that are for illustrative purposes only. The Auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of the Seller up to, but not beyond the Seller’s reserve (if applicable). The Property is available for and subject to sale prior to auction.


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E Old 56 Highway west, to S Clare Rd., continue onto W 151st Street to Gardner Rd., south to W 152nd St., east to Lake Road 12. Follow circle. You’ll know the home when you see it!

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