Ryan Johnson, Published July 12 2013
Home hits Fargo market for $3.2 million
There’s a new option on the market – the 7,241-square-foot, six-bedroom and
10-bathroom home of Kay and Ahmed Abdullah that has the highest assessed value of a house in Fargo-Moorhead at $1.86 million.
The house, built in 2000, sits on a 1.1-acre lot along the Rose Creek Golf Course. It comes complete with two kitchens, a movie theater and a 2,500-square-foot pool room that boasts a
10-meter lap pool, a hot tub with room for eight, a steam room and a dry sauna.
But owning this Fargo oasis won’t come cheap. The house was listed June 5 for a cool $3.249 million, or about $438 per square foot.
Fargo City Assessor Ben Hushka said it’s currently assessed at $1.862 million, with $124,200 for the land and more than $1.7 million for the structure. It tops the list of the 19 homes in the city with assessed values of $1 million or more, followed by the $1.644 million house owned by Rob and Leanne Jordahl and the $1.604 million home of Ron and Karen Offutt.
Moorhead Deputy City Assessor Nick Lee said the city has just one home assessed above $1 million, with a value of just over $1.1 million.
The high-end Abdullah abode has garnered attention before, and was the subject of a May 2011 Forum article. At the time, the Abdullahs, who own and operate the Plastic Surgery Institute in Fargo, told a reporter they weren’t much concerned with holding the title of having the highest-assessed house in the community.
But they discovered since moving in four years earlier that it was difficult to keep tabs on each other and their twin sons – a problem they solved by calling each other on their cellphones while at home.
Plenty of other amenities are packed into the upscale house, including a 32-foot vaulted ceiling living room, a wet bar, an indoor barbecue and a gas fireplace. Even the rest of the property comes fully loaded, with a sprinkler system, four-car garage and a patio that walks out to the golf course.
The annual bills that come with owning this house could make it an option a bit too upscale for most.
Cass County records show the house had a property tax bill of nearly $38,000 in 2012, and Fargo city records say it still has nearly $20,000 in special assessments that need to be paid.
The Abdullahs’ home was added to the local real estate listing service on June 5, and the family is being represented by an agent with Homesmart Realtors.
Realtor Dennis Nelson said he’s been in the business here since 1977, but this is his first time listing a home that topped $3 million. He said agents normally look at comparable homes that have sold recently to determine a price, but that’s not an option in this case.
“There’s no homes like it,” he said.
Nelson said even the process of finding a buyer is different with a house like this. There are no plans for open houses to bring potential buyers through the door.
Messages left with the Plastic Surgery Institute requesting comment from the Abdullahs weren’t returned.
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