Size: 4,919 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 142
Inside: The current owner bought the property 17 years ago when it showed signs of disco-era renovation, including mirrored walls and ceilings in several rooms. (Some mirrors are still there.) He redesigned the floors and mills, renovated the kitchen, installed a new guest toilet with underfloor heating, and built an apartment on the third floor. He also added central air conditioning and a new water heater.
The refinished front door with skylight and sidelights leads you into an anteroom with a vintage tile floor and an artfully framed wall mirror (Edwardian, not Bee Gees). The vestibule plunges into a hallway with partially mirrored walls. Straight ahead is a dining room with windows to which the owner has added shutters with narrow, geometric partitions. An Art Deco style lamp with a shimmering glass circle hangs from the ceiling. To the right, a door leads into a long living room with a tiled wood fireplace at one end. A media room is at the end of the hall, just behind the front stairs. It contains the renovated guest toilet with black floor tiles and a floating stainless steel sink.
To the right of the stairs, a smaller hallway leads to a butler pantry with vintage wooden cabinets and a sink embedded in a marble top. An archway opens this space to the new kitchen with white cabinets with granite countertops and white subway tile walls. Another archway leads to a mud room that is partially clad in glass blocks (another legacy of the previous renovation).
On the second floor there are four large bedrooms with wooden floors and walk-in closets. The master bedroom is at the back of the house and opens up to a conservatory with checkerboard floors, also accessible through French doors from the landing at the top of the main staircase. (It connects to a balcony overlooking the garden.) The master shares a bathroom with an adjoining corner bedroom with blue walls. The other two bedrooms have a bathroom in the hallway with a vintage sink and floor tiles and a walk-in shower.
The core of the third floor is an apartment with a living room, a bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a combined bathtub, shower and laundry connections. There are several closets as well as several crawl spaces under the eaves.
The house also has a basement workshop, laundry room and half a bathroom.
Outside space: A deep porch with dog head spouts and urn-shaped planters wraps around the front and one side of the building. In the walled back yard there is a large, raised deck, a pergola with a bench, a field stone terrace and a pair of koi ponds. A wide driveway leads to a detached two car garage.
Taxes: 7,607 USD (2020)
Contact: Brian Egan or Mickey Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, 913-952-6986; livinkc.kansascityhomes.com