Seldom do we get to cover beautiful, luxurious homes that also have historic significance to our state. The Apker Estate in Des Moines, currently on the market for $4,185,000, is therefore a breath of fresh air.
Let me take you through a brief history of this plot of land.
Gordon Apker says that the first known owner of the home was Captain George Roberts of the Alaska Steamship Company, whose property became a trading site for their passengers and Native Americans. Roberts went on a bit of a building spree on his initial 12 acres of land, where he built his first home, then a barn in 1899, a Chicken Coop in 1903 to house his exotic bird collection (!) and then finally a second home across the street in 1916.
Fast forward several years to Apker buying the property in the early 1970s (side note: you might know Apker as the former assistant at Shakey’s that went on to own and sell the entire franchise in 1989).