As seen in the Kansas City Star
“Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves…”
When Shakespeare penned this advice from Cassius to Brutus (Julius Caesar) he didn’t have a real estate auction in mind, but of course he hadn’t seen the 7,000 square foot Tudor home at 11632 Brookwood Street in Leawood, Kansas. His words are certainly apt nonetheless, and this is one of those times. How better to be master of your fate than by bidding your price on a beautiful English country home? And where better to find such a residence than in Hallbrook, a luxury home community in Johnson County, Kansas?
Inspired by the grand country houses of England, this custom home was designed by Howard Nearing and built by Neils Hansen. The classic architectural elements are brought to life with reclaimed oversized paver brick, striking stone elements, and Heartwood redwood cedar siding. As one would expect on such a home, chimneys feature prominently in the design, along with traditional leaded glass window treatments and two entries with Tudor-style solid oak paneled doors. French doors from multiple rooms lead to two slate patios in back, perfect for garden parties and family gatherings.
When the owners built this home in 1989, they wanted more than just a jaw-dropping residence, they wanted a house that would last. It is built on a 10 inch thick waterproof foundation with 4000# test concrete throughout. The lifetime tile roof blends perfectly with the architecture. They have taken meticulous care of it over the years, even recently spending $35,000 to replace windows (warranty transferrable to new owners).
Inside the home, the attention to design and construction details continues. Gorgeous walnut hardwood floors are found throughout the main level along with beautiful crown moldings and upgraded hardwood millwork throughout the entire home. The design is both spacious and elegant with high ceilings, large windows and solid wood paneled doors. The plan incorporates a number of pleasing elements such as the walk-through butler’s pantry that serves essentially as a second kitchen to the dining room.
Warm cherry cabinets and built-ins are featured in the kitchen, butler’s pantry, hearth room and the library. Large fireplaces with handsome mantles are found in the great room, library, hearth room, master bedroom, and lower level family room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all expansive with additional living and entertaining space on all three levels of the home.
Perhaps the signature interior feature is the front staircase which was designed and built for the home. A work of art in itself, the graceful elliptical shaped stair incorporates a hand-crafted turned banister which services all levels of the home. As further testament to the quality of the home’s construction, both the main staircase and the family staircase in the back hall are solid walnut.
To expedite the sale of this property and to provide the ultimate transparency, the owners of this magnificent home chose to schedule an absolute auction to be held on Friday, March 1 at 1:00PM. With no seller’s reserve, this truly is one of those times to which Shakespeare refers. Someone will choose to master his or her own fate and become the new owner. Others may blame the stars, but all will have had the same opportunity.
Cates Auction & Realty is handling the auction marketing and sale of the property. Open house events are scheduled for qualified buyers to view the home Sundays, February 10, 17 and 24 from 2:00-4:00PM. Photo galleries, a video, documents, floor plans, auction terms and more can be found at www.CatesAuction.com. Prospective bidders are also welcome to contact the company at 816-781-1134 or Sold@CatesAuction.com. The home is located at 11632 Brookwood Street, Leawood, Kansas.
Will the property be sold auction day? The answer is “yes.” To bid or not to bid, that is the question.