GONE! Private & Picturesque 67-Acre Estate with 4 Bedroom Reverse 1.5 Story Home & Outbuildings | Kansas City, (Platte County) MO | For Sale at NO RESERVE Auction

SEE UPDATED INFO IN DETAILS (3/23) Beautiful, mostly wooded 67-acre tract with scenic views, rolling hills timber, pond, grotto, wildlife, newer custom-built 4-bedroom, 4-bath home w/finished w/o LL, 3-car garage, metal outbuilding, detached garages & muc

Located just north of Zona Rosa and south of KCI in the Park Hill School Distr., this close-in country estate is only minutes to shopping, restaurants, hospitals & other city amenities. Don’t miss this opportunity to Bid Your Price. Bidding open now!

Began: 03/23/18 at 1:00 PM CDT
Location: 10400 NW Tiffany Springs Road, Kansas City, MO 64153

UPDATE 3/23 11:15 — We have received new information about this property that may or may not affect your bidding decisions. Please read the letter below from the attorney representing the seller’s trust. 

“My name is Ron Mullennix.  I am an attorney representing Citizens Bank & Trust in their capacity as Trustee of the Bunnell Family Trust. As part of the auction information packet, you have been furnished a title insurance commitment from Thomson-Affinity Title.  That report shows no encumbrances on the property other than a First Deed of Trust held by US Bank which would be paid in full from the sales proceeds. We need to advise you that yesterday morning, with no prior notice to the Trustee, a Notice of Lis Pendens was filed with the Recorder of Deeds for Platte County stating that this property is the subject of a lawsuit filed by one Evelyn Cochran. Citizens Bank & Trust has not been served in that lawsuit, but it is my opinion that the lawsuit is without merit and is based on erroneous statements of fact and what I believe are false allegations.  We believe it is simply an attempt to extract money from the Bunnell Trust by placing a cloud on the title to this real estate.  We firmly believe that Ms. Cochran’s suit will not be successful.  Nevertheless, we feel that we must make you aware of this most recent development which may possibly affect the closing date for the sale. If I were a bidder, this would not impact my willingness to bid on the property, but each of you must make your own decision on that.”



10400 NW Tiffany Springs Road, Kansas City, MO 64153

 Beautiful, mostly wooded 67-acre tract with scenic views, rolling hills, timber, pond, natural grotto, wildlife, newer custom-built 4-bedroom, 4 bath reverse 1.5 story home, 3-car garage, metal outbuilding, detached 2-car garage & much more!


In the book entitled “Healing Waters: Missouri’s Historic Mineral Springs and Spas,” by Loring Bullard of Springfield. Bullard spotlights at least 120 of the more prominent mineral springs and wells in 58 counties across Missouri. According to Bullard, the area was known as Artesian Springs in 1888, when Mortimer Parks owned the springs and surrounding land. By 1890, the area had also come to be known as Crystal Springs. An early photograph shows Crystal Springs flowing from a shady glen traversed by a narrow walkway. Promoters claimed the spring benefited rheumatism, constipation and sore eyes. Visitors at that time saw only a few private residences near the spring.  Sometime later, the property sold to Dr. Flavel Tiffany of Kansas City, who intended to launch a health resort. Tiffany was apparently very wealthy, living in a mansion at 25th and Troost. A 1907 plat of Tiffany Springs included a large hotel depicted in the center of town, with bathhouses and a golf course nearby. But these were never built, and the town never grew beyond a handful of homes, a store and a blacksmith shop.  The area is still known as Tiffany Springs today and the name lives on in several residential and commercial developments.


Conveniently located just north of Zona Rosa/MO-152 and south of the Kansas City International Airport, this close-in acreage offers peaceful country living with all city amenities just minutes away. The property is also located within the city limits of Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri and is in the award-winning Park Hill School District.


This newer custom-built, 4 bedroom, 4 bath, reverse 1.5 story home offers a total of 5200 sq. ft. m/l of finished living area including the main floor and finished walk-out lower levels.  The main floor features custom finishes, moldings, wood floors, tray ceilings, chef’s kitchen with gas range, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, breakfast bar and eating area, living room, dining room, first floor master suite, two additional bedrooms, mud room, 3 car garage and more. The finished walkout lower level features a large en-suite with sitting room, large family/rec. room, suspended slab bonus room, hobby/garden room, storm shelter/wine cellar, mechanical room, storage room, etc.  Other features include premium log siding, aggregate covered steel roof, whole house audio, tankless hot water heaters, high-efficiency gas furnace with whole house air cleaning and much more!


The 32×29 metal outbuilding with lean-to is the perfect size for indoor and outdoor storage of your tractors, equipment, recreational vehicles, supplies, etc.  There is also a 32×24 detached two-car garage on the property for overflow space, so you can keep your main 3-car garage clean and organized.


This gorgeous, mostly wooded 67-acre parcel is both private and picturesque and offers close-in country living with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, hospitals, airport, etc. only a few minutes away.  The property features scenic views, rolling hills, hardwood timber, pasture, natural springs/grotto, wildlife, backs to Rush creek and is a perfect country retreat in the city.


We are honored to bring Ralph and Loretta Bunnell’s outstanding estate property and furnishings to the market for the very first time. The Bunnell’s purchased the property in 1951 and until their recent passing loved their piece of paradise in the country, enjoyed raising Hereford cattle, breeding their Brittany Spaniels, collecting antiques and much more. Interestingly Loretta was also an auctioneer and conducted estates sales throughout the area.  We are privileged to offer their real estate and personal property assets to the highest bidder with NO RESERVE at public auction. Proceeds will benefit several local charities.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bid your price.  We look forward to your participation in the auction.


  • 67.17 acres m/l
  • Reverse 1.5 story home built in 2010
  • 5,200 sq. ft. total finished living area
  • 2,244 sq. ft. finished living area above grade
  • 2,961 sq. ft. finished living area lower level   
  • 4 bedrooms; 3 full baths, 2 half baths
  • 3-car attached garage
  • 32×29 metal outbuilding with lean-to
  • 32×24 detached 2-car garage
  • True one-level living
  • 1-year home warranty included
  • No reserve auction
  • Open houses: Sundays, March 4, 11 & 18, 2-4 pm
  • Live/online auction: March 23, 2018, 1:00 pm
  • Online bidding open now through the auction date
  • City of Kansas City
  • Platte County, Missouri
  • Park Hill School District
  • 2017 Real estate taxes $6,287


 NEW TO AUCTION? 5 Quick Tips:

  1.  Research the property and auction terms at www.CatesAuction.com. Be sure to download the “Property Information Package.”
  2. Attend an open house event to tour the property and talk with auction representatives.
  3. Ask questions. Call 816-781-1134 or email jeff@CatesAuction.com. We’re happy to help!
  4. Bid online.  For your convenience online bidding is open and you can bid online at any time day or night in almost any location with an internet connection.
  5. Bid live.  For your convenience, you can also bid onsite or online during the live auction event. Be prepared to bid and win by registering for the auction, having your finances in order and your earnest money deposit ready.  Please call us with any questions.




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).


2018 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. 


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