Hopkins Properties for sale

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Editor’s Note: Today the Gazette gives a homes tour of one of Emporia’s most distinctive and most expensive residential properties that was recently put up for sale.

The showplace home Autumn Harvest, the former home of the late E.L. “Bud” and Z. Irene Hopkins, and two other houses, outbuildings and a private lakesitting on the 100-acre property, have been listed with Joel Phipps of RE/MAX Select Realtors.

Bud Hopkins and his brother, Gene, had been partners in establishing Hopkins Manufacturing Company, which specialized in automotive-related equipment. The firm, still operating on the southeast side of Emporia, became known internationally in the 1980s when it released what the company called a “Veripaw,” an ice scraper partially encased in a glove.

“And it turned out that item was a big gift item and actually outsold Cabbage Patch dolls,” said then-sales manager Ken Hopkins, a son of Bud and Irene.

The scrapers caused sales to skyrocket.

Versions of that product continue to be built in Emporia and sold through Kmart, Walmart, Target, and automotive supply stores, he said.

Bud and Irene Hopkins built the house a few years before he retired and Ken took over as president. Bud died in April 1999, and Irene in March 2010.

Now Ken Hopkins is retired, too, and he and his wife are moving to the Kansas City area.

Their home, also built on the lake shore, is one of the homes for sale.

Each of the houses has its own unique features — a curved stairway, marble floors a basement under the garage, RV hookups, or a second floor devoted entirely to a master bedroom that is almost an apartment in itself.

The entire property includes more than 100 acres with three homes; a 25-acre lake stocked with crappie and pass, and two boat ramps, docks and a gazebo; a gated private drive, shelter house with separate kitchenette, a 50- by 100-foot building with three-quarter bath and climate-controlled RV bay. Long paved driveways loop through the complex.

The main house, at 1576 Burlingame Road, was built on the lake shore by the couple in 1989. It has more than 7,000 square feet of living space, and features an in-ground pool, a walk-out basement, an attached guest house, 4-car-plus garage, a marble entryway and a large private office with separate parking and conference room.

Bud Hopkins included a separate office area with its own parking so he could continue to do business without leaving home.

“When you park your car in the garage, there’s a basement underneath your car,” Phipps said.

South of the main house at 1570 Burlingame Road is another home on the lake, built in 1992 and containing more than 6,000 square feet. It, too, has a four-plus-car garage, a walkout basement, with four bedrooms and four-plus bathrooms.

An older Tudor-style house, built in 1923 at 1770 Burlingame Road and last owned by Harold Kendig, has 2,200 square feet, including a sun porch, plus a horse barn and outbuildings.

“Some of that’s owned by the Hopkins Foundation, which I’m president of,” Hopkins said of the combined property.

The current asking price is $1.75 million. Hopkins prefers to sell all of the houses, outbuildings, lake and acreage together, Phipps said; however, offers on separate pieces of the complex will be considered.

The largest house earlier had been donated to Emporia State University, with the stipulation that after the older Hopkins’ deaths, it would be turned into a residence for the ESU president.

Ken Hopkins recently bought back the home his parents had donated, after university officials decided the president’s home should be near the campus rather than a few miles away.

“I didn’t mind giving them back the money,” he said. “I graduated from Emporia State.”

For more information on the property call your local real estate professional.

goodoleboy (anonymous) says…

“The entire property includes more than 100 acres with three homes; a 25-acre lake stocked with crappie and pass, and two boat ramps, “

What kind of fish is a pass?

March 10, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
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