Springfield, MO’s $15M ‘African Queen’ Estate is One of America’s Most Impressive Homes
2829 S Lone Pine Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65804
One of the most impressive homes in America is looking for a new owner. For $15,000,000 you can take a safari on your own 6 acre slice of Africa in Springfield, Missouri. The estate, aptly named The African Queen, was developed by Michael Willhoit who is reportedly a huge fan of the 1951 movie The African Queen. He made his fortune in real estate and selling exotic cars in Springfield, and according to Daily Mail has sunk $3,000,000 into remodelling the home. Built in 1964, the home offers a little over 3,100 square feet of space and includes a modest 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms on a manicured 6 acre estate. It’s obvious no expense was sparred in the extensive remodel of this unique home, but prepare yourself when you read some of the features. For starters, inside you’ll find a 550,000 piece mosaic wood floor assembled out of Oak, Walnut and Ebony that also includes a 17-foot long, 20,000 piece African Crocodile. The cost, $400,000 for a mere 900 square feet. There’s also a 2-inch thick, 8-foot x 5-foot glass floor looking into a creek, the kitchen includes a 1000-year-old 4-inch thick Carthage stone countertop while one of the rooms features a handmade full-size copper hot tub built into the bluff, and that’s just the beginning. Also included is a 58-inch x 48-inch x 20-inch 265 gallon salt water aquarium, a 3,000 pound bronze rhino from London, a custom 2-inch shake room from British Columbia, two 7-foot tall hand-carved wooden tusks cut in Africa in c.1890 and much, much more. The property has been on and off the market since at least 2016 with a rather strange pricing strategy. It went from $15,000,000 in 2016 to $9,800,000 in April 2017 and back up to $15,000,000 in late April 2017 and down to $6,900,000 in May 2017. The property is back on the market for $15,000,000 via Zillow and also listed on eBay for $8,900,000. Who knows if it will ever sell, but until then we can continue to marvel at the quality and detail put into this place. The property is for sale by owner.