Riverfront South Dakota Home with Cigar Room and Golf Simulator Hits Market for $6 Million
One of the State’s Most Expensive Listings Offers Luxury Living and Stunning River Views
A luxurious riverfront home in South Dakota, complete with a cigar room and golf simulator, has been listed for sale at a staggering $6 million, making it one of the priciest properties in the state.
Situated approximately 7 miles from Sioux City, Iowa, in the prestigious Dakota Dunes community, this sprawling 9,000-square-foot house is a masterpiece of design and opulence. Jacob Benedict, the listing agent from Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Midwest Realty, describes it as a true gem.
The sellers, retired gastroenterologist Michael Persaud and his wife Shannon Persaud, a nursing professor at Briar Cliff University, have decided to part ways with their beloved home after using it as their primary residence for around 15 years. Their decision to downsize has presented an incredible opportunity for discerning buyers.
Back in 2007, the Persauds purchased a 1.5-acre parcel along the Missouri River for a mere $200,000. Over the years, they invested approximately $5.5 million in constructing this four-bedroom marvel. Shannon Persaud explains that the house was meticulously designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors to maximize the breathtaking river views.
For the Persauds, who are both avid golfers, the location of Dakota Dunes was a dream come true. Spanning around 2,000 acres, this exclusive community boasts a golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. In addition to the golf simulator, the Persauds’ home features a wine room and a fitness studio complete with a sauna and hot tub. Michael Persaud particularly enjoys spending time in the ventilated cigar room with his friends.
Equipped with an elevator and dumbwaiter, which runs from the garage to the kitchen, this two-story house offers convenience and luxury at every turn. “If you have groceries, you just unload and send them straight up to the kitchen,” Shannon Persaud explains. The property also has plumbing in place for an outdoor infinity-edge pool, although the Persauds never got around to installing one.
Having drawn inspiration from their second home in Florida, the couple incorporated high ceilings, doors, and ample outdoor decking into the design of their South Dakota residence. This outdoor space proved invaluable during the 2011 Missouri River flood. As their home sits at a higher elevation than neighboring properties, the Army Corps of Engineers and first responders utilized the Persauds’ roof and decks for several months to monitor the water level of the river. Sandbags were also strategically placed on the property to protect against the rising waters.
“All the way up in Sioux Falls, there are firefighters and EMTs who say they are familiar with the house because over the course of those months, they were stationed there,” Benedict reveals.
Prospective buyers will be delighted to know that Dakota Dunes has become a magnet for affluent individuals from both South Dakota and its neighboring states. According to Benedict, the median listing price in Dakota Dunes in October was just under $783,000, representing a significant 50.8% increase compared to the same period last year, as reported by Realtor.com.
The Persauds are excited about their future downsizing plans within the area, confident that their beloved home will find new owners who will appreciate its grandeur and the unparalleled lifestyle it offers.