Properties Details

205 6th Ave W
Cresco, Iowa 52136

Address: 205 6th Ave W, Cresco, Iowa 52136
List Price: $179,900.00
Taxes: $2352
Lot Size: 150' x 150,
Age: 1953
Square Footage: 3124 m/l
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1, 3/4, 1/2
Basement: Partial
Heat: Natural Gas Hot Water

205 6th Ave W, Cresco, Iowa 52136


 Pristine example of early modern architecture in the manner of Frank Lloyd Wright. Family home of renowned Iowa architect George R. Laub, designed in 1952 and constructed in 1953. (All renderings and building plans, including plumbing and electrical, will convey to new owner.) Interior design is a fanciful blend of natural materials: Mankato marble, Roman brick, stone and cedar, featuring multiple roof elevations, wide overhangs, and corner windows, hallmarks of Laub-designed residences. Over 3,100 sq. ft. of living space, with three bedrooms and 1 ½ baths on main level and semi-private in-law suite with ¾ bath on upper level.

 The innovative architecture of the home is complimented by imaginative landscaping of a 150’ x 150’ corner lot. Some 4,000 tons of glacial rock, from multi-ton boulders to baseball-sized agates, are artistically arranged to form a sprawling rock sculpture, with undulating elevations replete with serpentine walkways and staircases. The plantation of 131 pyramidal arborvitaes, now 12’ to 15’ tall, plus juniper gardens, add an accent of greenery, and provide unparalleled privacy and seclusion. The result is a spectacular natural wonderland surrounding the property known locally as “The House in the Rocks”


Other notable updates and features:

  •  New high-quality carpet. – 2008
  • 52-gallon water heater. – 2008
  • New sump pump. – 2008
  • High-efficiency 4-zone gas-fired boiler. – 2009
  • 60-mil 4,900 sq. ft. rubberized roof. – 2009
  • Concealed radiant hot water heating system, including in-floor heat in main bath.
  • Two masonry fireplaces: Mankato marble in living room, Roman brick in upper level, plus outdoor barbeque on porch.
  • Numerous built-ins: buffet, bookshelves, dressers, radio and phonograph, and filing cabinets and safe in office.
  • Large kitchen with build-in appliances, and breakfast room.
  • Partial basements designed as fallout shelter, with poured concrete walls and ceiling, and sealed glass block windows.
  • Original double-pane Pella windows.
  • Ample closets and storage.
  • Natural wood throughout, custom cabinetry.
  • Structurally unsurpassed: concealed steel I-beams provide open, spacious interior. Elaborate roof system consists of 2” x 12” rafters.

All costs and measurements are approximate. All information herein contained is from sources deemed to be reliable but cannot be guaranteed by Burke Real Estate.