North Dakota's Most Expensive Home Is Worthy of Exploration

Standout homes arrive in our inbox for a variety of reasons, whether for their special features, location, or multitudinous amenities. In the Bismarck, ND, metro, where the median list price is $148,900, this stunning 8,717-square-foot home, currently on the market for $2.78 million, stands out simply for its price.

The home, built 10 years ago for the current owners, was "10 to 15 years ahead of its time for the city of Bismarck," says listing agent Pat Koski. "The style, the materials used in the house, it still looks very up to date." The house is in Mandan, just across the Missouri River from Bismarck.

The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house includes such features as remotely controlled blinds and lighting. A media room has a hidden door that leads to the exercise room. And speaking of exercise options, there's both an outdoor and an indoor basketball court. Then there's the hot tub on a second-floor balcony.

The master suite sports a massive walk-in closet that also houses the washer and dryer. The front entrance opens to a dramatic spiral staircase and a two-story curving wall made of fieldstone, one of the many local materials used to construct the house. To store luxury vehicles, there's a four-car garage.

The home was built for family living, Koski says, as evidenced by the spacious chef's kitchen that can seat a family of seven or eight at its counter. There's a sunroom off the kitchen and a lower-level bar area. There's even an outdoor bathroom off the patio and a boat dock for the waterfront property.

"Every detail is customized," says Koski.

The home is awaiting a special buyer who can afford luxury in a market that has been affected by the recent softness in oil prices, says Koski, who took the listing last summer. The home was listed for $3.8 million in 2014 and reduced to $3.3 million in April 2015 before being delisted that same month.

Koski sees potential buyers coming from the ranks of locals who own oil or mineral rights to sell, or perhaps successful local business leaders or physicians.

"You could never rebuild it for the [current asking] price," says Koski.