The Edmond Sun

March 17, 2014

Future Edmond home to be one of nation’s largest houses

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Plans are to construct one of the largest homes in the United States within the City of Edmond limits.

Key Auto Group owner David Frayer plans to build a 92,650-square-foot home on 160-acres on the northwest corner of Sorghum Mill and Westminster, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. The castle-like home will include multiple spires, he said.

“We only allow a 35-foot height in that agricultural zoning,” Schiermeyer said.

A height variance for the house was approved 4-0 in October by the Edmond Board of Adjustment. The Edmond City Council and the Edmond Planning Commission are not required to consider this item, Schiermeyer said.

“The walls will be a good 40 feet and then they may have spires that go up 90 feet in height,” Schiermeyer said.

The City of Edmond does not place a limit to the square footage of a house. The house will be constructed near the center of the tract, according to minutes of the Edmond Board of Adjustment.

“The variance from this board is permanent,” Schiermeyer said. “So they can take some time and build it later or build it in the next few months. They’d be ready for a permit anytime.

“They don’t have a permit now.”

Access to the Frayer property will be from Westminster. The Quo Vadis Addition is located to the south and acreage home sites are located to the east. The land to the north and west is undeveloped.

The average price for a home in Edmond/Deer Creek area is $104 per square foot, said Brian Preston of RE/MAX Associates Realtors. One home in the Edmond/Deer Creek area averaged $250 per square foot last year, he said.

At 178,000-square-feet in size, the Biltmore House ranks as the largest privately owned and historic house in the United States. George Washington Vanderbilt II built the Châteauesque residence in Asheville, N.C.

The Frayer home would be the largest in the state, exceeding the 35,000-square-foot Yukon residence of Bob Funk, founder and CEO of Express Employment Professionals.

However, the Frayer house will be the fifth-largest home in the country after its construction is completed, according to information listed at Wikipedia.