Wichita, KS 67208

  • Residential
  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Full/2 Half Baths
  • MLS#581148

Property Remarks

One of Wichita's most well-known & historic residential treasures is now available! This charming Italianate Villa estate is gated & surrounded by private walls creating the most sensational 1.12-acre lot in the heart of College Hill. Gracious Italian renaissance architecture of exterior arches, Doric columns, stone terraces & driveways, travertine walkways, lovely fountains, balconies with picturesque views, multiple outdoor covered areas; porticos, loggias, cast stone columned pergola covered with purple wisteria, a porte-cochere covered drive, manicured lawn & sunken Mediterranean gardens‐ like you just stepped into your very own private Tuscan resort. Timeless craftsmanship & attention to detail has been brought back to life by its owner, an architect & master of historic preservation. Over $500,000 of renovations in recent years. The result - a modern family lifestyle masterpiece with a genuine respect for the historical integrity & character of its past. Built by George Gedoff, who also built the famous Broadview Hotel, spent 2 1/2 years constructing the residence beginning in 1925. The home was built for the J. Arch Butts family, Wichita's first Buick car dealer & was designed to resemble an Italian palace! The limestone circle driveway, groomed shrubs, iron balconies & stately front elevation sets the tone as you approach the estate entrance. Grilled wrought iron front door & grand foyer welcome you! Italian marble floors & arched ceiling featuring the original delicately adorned plaster leaf motifs. The graceful stair railings are the works of a then nationally recognized craftsman Oscar Back of New York. You'll appreciate the unique details. Leaded glass doors, several brass & copper Gothic era chandeliers, coffered & arched ceilings, arched doors & windows, crown & picture molding. Library with private entrance, built-ins, ornamental crown & ceiling medallion, wet bar & original leaded glass windows. The east end of the vast 38 x 18 great room is adorned by a half rotunda with radiating Pompeiian beams, & a lovely fireplace with carved & cast stone hearth, marble surround & flanking Gothic era sconces. The kitchen has been meticulously renovated to accommodate any serious chef's cooking needs. All high-end appliances, built-ins, pullouts, updated lighting, gorgeous granite, walk-in pantry, huge mud room & custom built-in seating with secret storage compartments and striking original German leaded glass windows. Entertaining here will be unparalleled! Retreat to the master suite fit for a King & Queen! Huge master bedroom, two more sitting/dressing areas, balcony hidden within the trees, gorgeous marble floors in bath, walk-in marble shower & custom decorative iron vanity. Library/office sitting room with triple French doors leading to balcony with best pool & garden views. Almost 10,000 sq feet, sure to please any family dynamic. Main house includes 5 spacious en suite bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, two 1/2 bath powder rms, 5 laundry hook ups & an oversized 5+ car garage. Apartment above garage - 1 bd, 1 ba, perfect guest house or living quarters for property caretaker, nanny or family. Basement offers 9 ft ceilings, spacious family room w/ fireplace, 1/2 bath, exercise rm, craft rm w/ sink, workshop area & a rarely seen bank vault prohibition safe room that doubles as a wine room &/or storm shelter‐ truly a great conversation piece! The grounds are simply majestic! Brand new Gunite in-ground pool with heater & cooler, new pool equipment, new walkways & landscaping. Pool house with full bath, pool slide & fountain, covered lounge/pool area with wet bar, 3-tiered fireplace with patio, 4-hole putting green, fenced K9 grass/turf area & so much more! Nothing speaks to the heritage & notoriety of Wichita quite like the College Hill neighborhood. Generations of civic leaders, artists, entrepreneurs & cultural icons formed this great neighborhood. Come make your home & place in history at College Hill's finest address.

Property Details

# of Acres
Property Type
Listing Type
Total SqFt
Full Baths
Half Baths
Approximate Age
81+ Years
Year Built
George Gedoff


School District
Wichita School District (USD 259)
Elementary School
Middle School
High School



Presented By:

Alissa Unruh

Realtor - ABR, CRS, GRI


Lot Info
Lot Size/SqFt
Lot Description
Exterior Amenities
In Ground Pool
Swimming Pool Equipment
Detached Finish Area
Bath House
Covered Patio
Fence-Wrought Iron/Alum
Fence-Other/See Remarks
Hot Tub
Sprinkler System
Storm Door(s)
Storm Shelter
Storm Windows/Ins Glass
Other/See Remark
Exterior Construction
Other/See Remarks
Side Load
Garage Capacity
Paved Frontage


1 - 1/2 Story
Approximate AGLA
AGLA Source
Approximate BFA
BFA Source
Approximate TFLA
Master Bedroom
30 x 30
Living Room
38.5 x 18
30 x 14
Room Dimensions
Room 4
21 x 15
Room 5
18 x 14.5
Room 6
18 x 14
Room 7
11.5 x 10
Room 8
18 x 14
Room 9
24 x 18.5
Room 10
21 x 15
Room 11
24 x 18
Room 12
12.5 x 8.5
Other/See Remarks
Crawl Space
Std Bsmt Window no-egress
Basement Finish
1/2 Bath
Bsmt Rec/Family Room
Game Room
Bsmt Storage
Other/See Remarks
Bsmt Exercise Room
Bsmt Concrete Storm Room
Bsmt Workshop
Bsmt Wine Cellar
Dining Area
Eating Bar
Eating Space in Kitchen
Kitchen/Dining Combo
Family Room
Living Room
Kitchen Features
Eating Bar
Electric Hookup
Gas Hookup
Granite Counters
Range Hood
Master Bedroom
Jetted Tub
Master Bedroom Bath
Sep. Tub/Shower/Mstr Bdrm
Stone Counters
Two Sinks
AG Other Rooms
Bonus Room
Dressing Room
Guest Quarters
Mud Room
Separate Room
Upper Level
Interior Amenities
Hardwood Floors
Hot Tub
Security System


Property Taxes
Yearly Special Taxes
Total Special Taxes
General Tax Year
Home Warranty Purchased
Short Sale

Additional Features

Flood Insurance
Natural Gas
Public Water
Hot Water/Steam
No Warranty Provided
Neighborhood Amenities
Swimming Pool
Tennis Courts

Wichita - NE

Wichita-Northeast Schools

Wichita Public Schools, USD 259, is proud to be the state's largest school district, one of the most successful large-city districts in the United States, and a great place to educate all of the city's children.

The students and employees give the Wichita community many reasons to be proud of the Wichita Public Schools. Students and employees receive local, state and national recognition for their achievements.

The district's enrollment is 51,330 students. Enrollment has grown by 2,512 students over the last ten school years.  Forty-one schools received 141 Standard of Excellence Awards in reading, math and/or science from the Kansas Department of Education for their performance on the 2012 state assessments.

Wichita State University is a vital part of the Wichita community. WSU Engineering programs ranging from aerospace to engineering management are nationally recognized. WSU’s Barton School of Business is 1 of only 165 Universities throughout the world to hold the highest level of accreditation through the AACSB. The WSU men’s basketball team has gained national attention for their performance in the NCAA March Madness tournament, making it to the Sweet 16 in 2015 and the Final Four in 2013. With the coming Innovation Campus and new student centers and dorms, it’s a great time to be a Shocker.

The vision, in the Wichita Public Schools, is to create environments in which technology is naturally integrated into the teaching and learning process and the business functions essential to the management of this large urban school district are maintained.

 (Source –City of Wichita Website-www.wichita.gov)

Wichita-Northeast Lifestyle

Development is everywhere you look in Northeast Wichita - most buildings in this area are less than 10 years old. Substantial acreage is still available for homes to be built in some areas.

With Wichita State University’s planned expansion, the Innovation Campus, development will continue to grow in the coming years. Residents can enjoy a variety of activities on the Northeast side. Join the party as the Shocker’s Men’s basketball team battle their way to another March Madness season in the Intrust Bank Arena or spend a night out at Bradley Fair or the Old Town Marketplace.

Wichita is one of those places described as a "nice place to raise your kids". Traffic is relatively light. You only see anything remotely like a jam if there's a wreck in a bad spot during rush hour.  Cost of living is relatively low, so you can afford to live in or near the area you frequent if you prefer. Or if you like suburbia, you can get from one end of town to the other in under half an hour. Most destinations in Wichita are usually less than 30 minutes away. Even with its many amenities, Wichita's overall cost-of-living index is a very moderate 89.7, 10.3% below the national urban area average of 100.

(Source – www.wichitachamber.org )

Wichita-Northeast Transportation

Northeast Wichita is just a short drive away from Downtown Wichita, the Central Business district, and Old Town. In addition, Wichita State is just minutes away. This easy access makes Northeast Wichita an ideal commute to jobs in the downtown area or for college students. Wichita Transit is a bus service that offers transport all across the Wichita area. The City of Wichita maintains more than 60 miles of bicycle paths, lanes and other bicycle facilities. Many of the paths travel through and along scenic areas, such as the Arkansas River. Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is located just off the southwest side of Kellogg, making travel more convenient.

(Source – City of Wichita website-www.wichita.gov)

Wichita-Northeast Local Attractions/Activities

Wichita boasts a professional opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theatres that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites or new drama. From traditional to contemporary, our art galleries, varied museums and breathtaking gardens are sure to engage you with their many enticing exhibits. As a region globally recognized as a top pick in test markets by those in the restaurant industry, Wichita residents have their choice of the best of the best.

As development in Wichita continues to boom, so do options in shopping. Local boutiques, antique shops and specialty stores can easily be found throughout the city, as well as nationally recognized retail chains and department stores.

Events like Riverfest, Tallgrass Film Festival, and the National Baseball Congress World series keep Wichita life exciting throughout the year. Bradley Fair, the Great Plains Nature Center, and the Orpheum Theatre are just a few the attractions on the Northeast side of Wichita.

The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita originally opened on Sept. 4, 1922, as the first atmospheric theatre in the United States. The auditorium features colonnades, balconies, lamps and a starry night sky meant to evoke a summer evening in an old Spanish garden courtyard. Today the Orpheum is in the process of a careful and accurate restoration and is home to concerts, films, cultural events, local music, dance, lectures and entertainment. Going strong after more than 90 years, the Wichita Orpheum is a beautiful theater with a reception venue and versatile stage.

INTRUST Bank Arena

The INTRUST Bank Arena is Wichita's state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Wichita. It is owned by Sedgwick County and managed by the world-leader in venue management, SMG. Visit the official INTRUST Bank Arena web site at: www.intrustbankarena.com.


GET AIR WICHITA Trampoline Park is the newest Wichita area entertainment venue offering thousands of square feet of trampolines, dodge ball courts, foam pits and more. We are one of the largest jump centers in the nation, featuring state of the art facilities which utilize the top industry standards for trampoline safety and fun.

Old Town Marketplace

Once home to warehouses and manufacturers fueled by the bustling railroads during the early 1900s, Old Town's eight block area has now been transformed into an exciting entertainment district. With restaurants, night clubs, retail shops, loft apartments moving into the mix, the area offers a unique urban experience with something to see and do at every turn.

Museum of World Treasures

Discover treasures from around the world and through the ages at the Museum of World Treasures. Where can you explore the crusty bones of long-lost creatures, marvel at Egyptian mummies, uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations, and enter the battlefields of World Wars? The Museum of World Treasures, with three floors of exhibits and surprises around every corner. Discover your inner explorer!

(Source- Museum of World Treasures Website-www.worldtreasures.org)

Wichita City Arts

CityArts is a visual arts and cultural facility with a mission aiming to enrich the lives of community members with educational and artistic opportunities. By embracing creativity and diversity, CityArts is home to 35 professional artists who teach their crafts, the CityArts Boutique and several gallery spaces featuring local and regional artists.

(Source- Wichita City Arts Website-www.wichitacityarts.org)

Warren Theatre

Enjoy new releases in a beautiful multi-screen theatre. The east side Warren is right off I-35 for easy access. The Old Town Warren is located downtown and offers a restaurant style theatre experience.

Bradley Fair

Bradley Fair is home to name brand stores and restaurants as well as local Wichita businesses. Bradley Fair is conveniently located on North Rock Road and is a great place to spend a day with family or friends.

During the summer you can enjoy free jazz concerts every Thursday in June.

Once a year, Bradley Fair Plaza is transformed from marketplace to opera-hall as Wichita Grand Opera (WGO) performs highlights from some of the most famous operas. WGO artists and musicians create the drama, passion and musical force of opera vignettes against the backdrop of Bradley Fair Lake. This community event is free and open to the public.

An alfresco fine arts show and sale, Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair takes place lakeside on beautiful Bradley Fair Parkway in Wichita, Kan. The event features approximately 100 artists from across the U.S. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to our Patrons.

(Source- Bradley Fair-www.bradleyfair.com)

Towne East Mall

Anchored by Dillard's, Von Maur, JCPenney and Sears, you'll find 125 of your favorite stores including COACH, The Limited, Kay Jewelers, Finish Line, Forever 21, The Buckle, Tradehome Shoes and more! Enjoy the enclosed, super-regional shopping center with stores ranging from specialty gifts, to men and women's apparel, to sporting goods. Be sure to come check out Rue 21, the newest addition to Towne East Square located on the upper level near JCPenney.  Also at Towne East Square you will find many dining options from sit down restaurants like BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and Noodles & Co., to grab and go choices such as Charleys Philly Steaks. Towne East Square is the main shopping destination for south-central Kansas located at the intersection of Rock Road and Kellogg in east Wichita.

(Source- Simon Mall website-www.simon.com)

Wichita– History

Now recognized as one of the major mid-sized cities in the nation, Wichita has come a long way since its infant years as a trading post and cowtown. The road from "then" to "now" has been filled with colorful people, events and businesses that have been the building blocks for today's cosmopolitan Wichita... a dynamic community rich in culture, activity and opportunity. 

The beginnings of the community date to 1868, when J.R. Mead founded a trading post on the banks of the confluence of two rivers, the Arkansas and the Little Arkansas. For centuries this location had also served as a trading place for Native Americans. The name Wichita comes from the Wichita Indians, who settled at various times in the vicinity, and means either "scattered lodges" or "painted faces," depending on which historian you ask.

In 1868, a Wichita Town Company was organized with Mead and six others as original incorporators. Wichita was incorporated as a city of the third class on July 21, 1870. One hundred twenty-three men and one woman signed the original incorporation petition. The woman was Mrs. Catherine McCarty, who owned and operated a laundry. Later, she moved to New Mexico, where her oldest son, Henry, changed his name to William Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid."

Jesse Chisholm came to Wichita in about 1863, leading a party of sportsmen and adventurers here to hunt game. He later marked the cattle trail, best known as the Chisholm Trail, from the King Ranch in south Texas to Kansas. Cattle by the hundreds of thousands traversed the trail to the Santa Fe railhead at Wichita. In 1872 alone, 350,000 head of cattle were sold in Wichita at a value of more than $2 million, a princely sum in those days.

Spurred by this influx of cowboys in the 1870s who brought hundreds of thousands of cattle out of Texas north to Wichita along the Chisholm Trail, Wichita was indeed a rough and tumble cowtown. It was a city where Wyatt Earp, "Buffalo Bill" William Mathewson and Bat Masterson walked the dusty streets. Just west of the river, the area known as Delano was especially wild and woolly. All manner of vice could be found in saloons, dance halls, gambling and prostitution houses to entertain the thirsty and lonely cowboys.

Even though the cattle trade lasted only three or four years, its presence assured Wichita's position as a commercial hub. With the trade groundwork firmly established, manufacturing and agriculture industries thrived in the late teens and early 1920s. In addition, savvy aviation entrepreneurs moved in to take advantage of the benefits of a prosperous oil industry, agreeable climate and wide open spaces perfect for building and testing these new birds of flight.

Men like Lloyd Stearman, Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna, E.M. Laird, J.M. Mollendick and George Weaver were responsible for starting the aircraft industry in the area. With Mollendick as the financial backer, Laird started the Swallow Airplane Company to build the Swallow airplane that had been designed in Chicago. Interestingly, Beech, Stearman, and Weaver all worked for Laird and Mollendick until each went on to establish his own company. Stearman's company later was purchased by The Boeing Company of Seattle, now Spirit AeroSystems. Today Spirit is Wichita’s largest employer with more than 20,000 employees.

The Beech (now Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) and Cessna companies continue today, as does Learjet (now Bombardier Aerospace Learjet), founded by William Lear in the mid-1960s. It was through the efforts of these aviation pioneers that Wichita earned the title of "Air Capital of the World." With all companies still located in Wichita, this title is still relevant today. Cessna, Bombardier Aerospace Learjet and Raytheon supply more than half of the world's general aviation and military aircraft. Boeing supplies two-thirds of the world's commercial airliners.

It was not only aviation that established Wichita as a hotbed of entrepreneurship. Many other Wichita business leaders have made their mark too. W.C. Coleman, a name synonymous worldwide with camping and outdoor recreational equipment, produced his first Coleman lantern in Wichita in 1914.

About the same time, another innovative business leader, A.A. Hyde, invented a product that was to become a household word... mentholatum. Later, two enterprising Wichitans launched White Castle hamburgers here.

Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the U.S., is another homegrown success story. Originally established as the Wood River Oil and Refining Company in 1940, Koch Industries has become one of the most diverse firms in the nation. Koch operations include refined products, chemicals, crude oil services, gas liquids, energy services, chemical technology, minerals services, agriculture and capital services.

In 1958, Frank and Dan Carney borrowed $600 from their mother and established their first Pizza Hut in Wichita in a small red brick building. This original Pizza Hut now resides on the campus of Wichita State University as testimony to the possibilities of vision, hard work and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

A sampling of other well-known national and international companies with roots in Wichita include: Candlewood Inn, Cox Communications, Hyperion Communications, Pioneer Balloon, Rent-A-Center, Ryan Aviation, Sheplers Western Wear Store, and The Residence Inn.

Obviously, Wichita has come a long way since its beginnings as a trading post and cowtown. Right now, Wichita is a booming city with one of the best economies in the nation...a solid, diverse economy with business interests that span the globe. Good jobs and good salaries, below national average costs, short commute times and burgeoning arts and attractions have also developed in conjunction with this solid, Midwest spirit of hard work and vision... a pioneer spirit all dressed up in high tech fashion.

But, it's the original foundation as a center for commerce that has been the one constant ensuring Wichita’s progress through good times and bad. It's a legacy of commerce that will continue to keep Wichita prosperous as we charge ahead in this 21st century. 

(Source –wichitachamber.org)

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