909 NW 8th Avenue, Independence, IA 50644

List Price
Single Family Residential
Year Built
Half Baths
Living Area
Outside The Metro Area

Property Description

COME & VISIT THIS PRIVATE OASIS - This home was designed by Japanese architect Siberius Y. Saito. 5 half levels surround the central open staircase (the owners have preserved the 60 year old solid wooden beam supports & accents). These design elements are echoed in the cedar deck on the main level, & inspired the front pergola, designed by Iowa architect Tom Gardner of Strawberry Point. The original architectural drawings for the house, pergola & landscaping are also preserved. On the top floor, a separate in line gas water heater ensures you will never run out of water (owners hosted a RAGBRAI Team, so they know). Both bathrooms have ceramic heated tile floors & towel warmers, with barrier free walk in showers. The master bath has a huge walk in closet, & the en-suite 2nd bathroom with custom cabinets connects to a 2nd bedroom. 2 more bedrooms complete the fifth half story. Level four is a full office & 4 seasons room elevated above both the lower deck cement patio, and the upper untreated cedar deck patio with a three quarter view into the woods, where the deer and the turkeys play. The main entrance is the central level, with Japanese style solid wooden accents and all slate tile floor. There are two sliding glass doors to the cedar deck, where there is a bird feeding bar and a dedicated outlet for your smoker, and an all weather bird bath. The open space kitchen with with reverse osmosis drinking water piped from the basement, a double wall oven & custom cabinets with interior lighting, features a gas cooktop island & a large window over the sink perfect for spotting wildlife. There is a Control4 wired media center with wall embedded speakers in the living room & wired speakers in several other rooms. There is a full laundry room with 2 closet/pantries, leading to the double attached garage. The next half level has a ceramic tiled floor, nearly full wall of windows, large dog door facing the patio & woods, and vaulted ceiling with a dedicated electrical socket for the Christmas tree that reaches the ceiling. The view of the west-facing windows encompasses a Zen garden, flowering trees, and the sunset over the fields. Down one more level, you find a "half basement" with windows facing the woods, and a cement storm shelter off the large workshop area. If that isn't enough, there is also a separate river caabin adjacent to the property that is also for sale, (separate listing) but it might go fast, so don't lose this chance to have your own private oasis on the North side of town The acreage is framed by 30 plus years of landscaping and views of fields, forest & river. Owners have planted a blooming Mother's Day tree nearly every year, along with extensive professional landscaping, which includes a pond less waterfall, a sunset view of hayfields and cornfields for miles, a peek of the Wapsipinicon River, and acres of wild grown trees. The property is on a dead end, bounded by the railroad on the North. No curtains are needed in ay window, as all views are intentionally blocked by strategically placed trees. Every detail has been considered, from an irrigation system, subdued outdoor lighting of trees & water, to electronic pet fence, and WiFi controlled garage door.

Additional Information

Agent Name
Becky Karsten
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

Mortgage Calculator

Amount of Loan
Annual Interest Rate
Term of Loan

Does not include any taxes or fees.
Please consult a financial professional.
Calculator source: Real Geeks

Listing courtesy of Ohl Iowa Realty, Real Est & Insurance Inc..