Tulsa Man Lists Home On eBay

Monday, March 23rd 2009, 9:36 pm
By: News On 6

By Jennifer Loren, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa family uses an unconventional method to sell their home. It's a million dollar eBay auction and their dream home.  They say the sour economy has taken its toll and they're looking to the online auction site to sweeten the market.

A quick search on eBay and you'll find all kinds of Tulsa treasures, like an Elvis poster from a concert at the Pavilion or an old Tulsa Taxi driver badge.  What's even more unexpected is a Tulsa home at 8336 S. Urbana Avenue, listed at $1 million.

"This is my wife's dream kitchen here," said Gus Oliver as he gave The News On 6 a tour of his home.

Gus Oliver spent about five years planning and building he and his wife's dream home near 81st and Yale.  It has four bedrooms, four and half bathrooms and a view that he calls priceless.

"It's just got such an awesome view and at night you see all the lights and the cars coming and going. But, you don't hear the noise," said Gus Oliver.

From the outside you can see the foundation that makes the home unique: tons of boulders line the steep driveway which is heated by a mile of tubing.

What you can't see is that Oliver bought a lot of the home's brand new fixtures on eBay, even some of the tiles for the travertine floors.

"We got it about a third of the price had it been custom designed," said Gus Oliver.

And, that is what gave him the idea to sell his home on the same site.

"eBay has such a unique clientele that it's a way to get people, literally, all across the world, to look at the house," said Gus Oliver.

He hopes someone from somewhere will see his million dollar listing and make his dream home into theirs.

Oliver plans to build another dream home on his family's land in Sapulpa.