Contents of entrepreneur’s Carmel mansion to be auctioned Sept. 14 to 17


By Mark Ambrogi

It promises to be one of the more unique everything-must-go sales.

The entire contents of tech entrepreneur Scott Jones’ Carmel’s 27,000-square foot mansion, 1150 W. 116th St., will be on auction, from 50-cent half-used household cleaning items to the $100,000 Steinway grand piano. They will be up for sale from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 to 17.

“Everything is on sale, from the very expensive and ornate one-of-a-kind pieces to everyday kind of stuff that you and I have as well,” said Lee Parson of Fishers-based Aether Estate Sales Co. “Everything is bar coded, so it’s like shopping in a store. Not everything is priced yet, but we’re 75 to 80 percent of the way through. There are thousands upon thousands of items. Some will come to see how the other half lives, but I think most will want to leave with some kind of memento from property.”

Parson said Jones has lived in Hawaii the past two years.

“It’s probably one of those things that he thought why am I still maintaining this massive property when I’m never there,” Parson said. “Because he’s living full time in Hawaii, I’m sure he thought why don’t I just get rid of it.”

Jones has rented bedrooms in the house on Airbnb.

The house, which was named House of the Decade in Season 17 of MTV’s “Cribs,” is up for sale for just under $4 million through Berkshire Hathaway. It was built in 1938.

“At one time it was the most technologically advanced house in the world. Not anymore because that was in the ’90s,” Parson said.

There is an indoor basketball court, an indoor treehouse, a movie theater and a big warehouse full of stuff.

“The house is very grand, and there is amazing stuff inside from the dinosaur skull cast to the Steinway concert piano to amazing clocks, antiques and home decor,” Parson said. “It’s the best of the best throughout the entire house. There are some fancy Persian rugs and there is a beautiful 1800s pool table.”

What won’t be available, Parson said, is Jones’ incredible wine collection, which has already been sold.

Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit for coding Jones co-founded, once made its home at estate, but has moved to Launch Fishers.

Carmel-based ChaCha, a human-guided search engine Jones co-founded, ceased operations in December 2016. At age 25, Jones, now 56, co-founded his first company, Boston Technology, and invented a voicemail system he later sold to Comverse Technology for $843 million in 1997.


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