The design inspiration for this one-of-a-kind home in Oklahoma came from a postcard. Resembling a Space Age wonder, this residence is now available for $295,000.
“It’s just the coolest structure,” says listing agent Angela Barnett, with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors.
It boasts “360-degree views,” she adds. “You get a wooded view all the way around, and you have the Tulsa skyline behind you. It’s just beautiful”—and a great spot to catch the city’s July 4 fireworks display.
The living space can be found in the windowed tower, and a five-car garage sits below, obscured from view. The home is equipped with an elevator.
“It only has an elevator, no stairs,” Barnett explains. “There are fire escapes on every level, which go down the center tube where the elevator is.”
Master welder and concrete company owner Joe Dramer built the home in 2005 to honor his late wife.
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“They had seen a postcard of a place in California that had a structure like this, and they held on to the postcard for years,” Barnett says. “She passed away from cancer, and he mourned for about 10 years and then finally said he was going to build the house for his wife as a tribute.”
The living space was constructed on terra firma, Barnett explains. “They built it on the ground and hoisted it up and welded it together.”
The 1,300 square feet of living space includes two bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a balcony off one side, which proved helpful for getting furniture into the living space.
The owners “would hoist it up with a crane or a rope,” Barnett says. “The refrigerator fit in the elevator, but most of the big items went through the [balcony] double doors.”
The home will need some work, Barnett says. “The owner had a leak problem he did not address a few years back and kind of let it deteriorate. We’re in the midst of getting those estimates, so hopefully we can get that repaired.”
She thinks it will take less than $100,000 to do the necessary work.
Since the home’s never had an appraisal and banks are unlikely to finance unique properties like this one, Barnett says the buyer will most likely have to pay cash for it. A recent pending offer fell through.
The current owner bought the property from Dramer in 2012. This is the first time the home has been listed.
“The concrete is beautiful. There’s a lot of concrete, and it’s a fortress,” Barnett says. “Just once it’s back to where it used to be, I think it’ll be an amazing spot.”
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