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Couple offer charitable contribution to market secluded home east of Edmond

Tom and Lisa Price are using an “I win/you win” philosophy to market the more than 7,600-square-foot house in the Sugar Hill addition, which they built in 2007.
BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman Modified: June 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm •  Published: June 13, 2014

Lisa Price said the couple worked with Bockus to incorporate some of the most memorable elements of international architecture they had collected during years of travel.

Nestled on an undulating, wooded, 10-acre lot, the house itself is hidden from view, appearing only as visitors approach across a quarried low-water bridge on the driveway.

The foyer is a serene, light and spacious transition from the lushly landscaped exterior to the great room, framed through the tranquil filter of a floor-to-ceiling glass panel water-art installation.

The house flows immediately into the master study, a paneled library-office overlooking the treetops that connects to what the Prices both chose as “our favorite room” in the house: the screened-in terrace where comfortable furniture, heating and ceiling fans create a sanctuary from which to watch and listen to wildlife, or to enjoy nature’s spectacle as storms pass.

A windowed wall opens up the master bedroom to light and foliage. The connected master bath is reminiscent of spas in leading hotels: calm, light and spacious. Couples’ walk-in closets are connected via a staircase — hers upstairs, his downstairs.

A completely detailed gourmet kitchen, pantry and bar flow together at the heart of the house. Lisa designed a whimsical Travertine kitchen backsplash that integrates actual plant and animal fossils into the tiles.

“It’s to remind us” about the origins of the business that Tom built, the industry “that has been the foundation of Oklahoma’s economy,” she said.

Indeed natural gas — the byproduct of all those fossils — is seen around the house, with fire features punctuating the main entry, the great room and the house’s outdoor entertaining spaces.

The house has four bedrooms, one as an attached apartment with a private entry, and 4 1/2 bathrooms, complemented by an exercise room, a darkroom, a safe room and a wine cellar.

Even in a hot metro-area real estate market, the listing price of $3,275,000 will limit the pool of qualified buyers, so in addition to marketing the house with the $25,000 gift incentive, the Prices adopted the another unusual advertising tool — videography by drone aircraft.

Shot over eight hours of flybys last fall and edited into a sweeping overview of the house and its 50 acres of property, Lisa Price said the video was “an exciting way to show the seclusion” of the property.

“The drone perspective allows people like Lisa and me, who don't want to make a brash statement about our home to everyone by having it near the street, still be able to share its beauty and charm with those who value intimacy, privacy and want a very spiritual feeling in their home,” Tom Price said.

Real Estate Editor Richard Mize contributed to this story.