Fort Wayne's Priciest Homes

By John W. Davis

May 15, 2011 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM EDT

"Are there as many selling in this economy? No but the reality is we're selling them," said Century 21 Bradley Realty President Jim Bradley.

Bradley is a 37-year-veteran in the real estate game.

Bradley shared that in this economy, his realtors target entrepreneurs, executives, doctors and lawyers, when trying to sell a million dollar home.

"It's all about timing. Most people that have this kind of wealth don't move very often. They're in their home 10, 15, 20 years," explained Bradley.

Indiana's NewsCenter toured three million dollar homes Sunday, listed between $1.2 to $1.5 million dollars.

Our first stop was at an estate built in 2008 on Notestine Road that is currently listed at $1.425 million dollars.

It had a gourmet kitchen, a huge master bedroom and a private lake.

But it was the unique architectural details like arched doorways that made it a million dollar home.

Indiana's NewsCenter also toured the Scheele Mansion on Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne.

That home is currently listed at $1.5 million dollars.

"I'm an optimist. I am of the school of belief that anything can be done. It's just getting out there and connecting with and finding that buyer for this home," said Century 21 Bradley Realtor Aaron Hoover.

It has five bedrooms, seven baths, crystal chandeliers and a mother in law suite above a carriage garage.

The mansion was built in 1941, but still has many original charms like hand painted door knobs and European woodwork.

Indiana's NewsCenter also stopped by a new build on Cascade Bluff Court, listed at $1.29 million dollars.

It was the largest home with 7,000 square feet.

It had imported hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, and a master bedroom with an attached nursery.

"A lot of people that are coming from other markets," said Century 21 Bradley Realtor Eric Thrasher, who works in tandem with Aaron Hoover.

"They may have a three bedroom, two bath house in California and spend over a million dollars for that. You might be surprised at how many buyers there really are for this home," continued Thrasher.

"We have people right now building three and four million dollar homes in this local economy that no one is really paying attention to. So there's people that are building homes in this price range right now as we speak," added Bradley.

The good news for realtors, 11 homes sold for between $900,000 and $3,000,000 dollars in Northeast Indiana since August 2008.

The bad news for realtors and ultimately sellers, those 11 homes sold for 16% less than the listing price.

For an inside look, visit the photo gallery attached to this article.




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