Carrie Rengers

McCurdy to auction longtime Steven family home

It’s probably not often that McCurdy Auction advertises a house it’s auctioning by touting it as a home where entrepreneurs were raised.

There’s one case in Wichita where it obviously applies, though, and that’s the home of the late Joe and Esther Steven.

The founders of Joe’s Seat Covers and Car Wash had 11 children, 33 grandchildren and almost 60 great-grandchildren (with four more on the way). Many of them started or have been involved with some of Wichita’s most prominent restaurants, car dealerships and numerous other businesses.

McCurdy is going to have a 10 a.m. auction on Sept. 16 of the Stevens’ more than 7,100-square-foot home on eight acres at 1301 S. Maize Road. There isn’t a minimum or reserve on the auction.

There also will be an online auction of some of the contents of the home, such as furniture and antiques, where bidding will be from Sept. 7 through Sept. 21 at

“It just needs to be done,” Rene Steven says.

Her parents lived in the house for about four decades. She moved in around eighth grade.

“In all honestly, I think it’s the best-kept secret in Wichita with regard to property,” Steven says.

She says a lot of people say they don’t want a house on such a busy street, but Steven says, “When you drive on Maize Road, you don’t know what’s back there.”

There’s a pond where she and her siblings used to fish, and there’s a saltwater pool and a creek.

“You look back there and go, ‘Holy cow!’ ” Steven says. “It’s just beautiful.”

She says her extended family spent every holiday there.

“It was never crowded or full,” Steven says. “We’d have 100-and-some people there and not even know it, but my mom would know if two people were missing.”

Even since her parents died, the family still has had holidays there.

“Do we really need to sell it?” Steven says family members would ask each other.

She says they figured it was “probably just time.”

“Someone needs to take advantage of it. Enjoy it. And they’ll love it.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers