It’s said that everything is bigger in Texas, and that certainly applies to these big, bold, and beautiful estates in the city of Houston, which combine refined Old World design with outdoor attractions that allow for nearly year-round alfresco living and entertaining.
Regal Refinement in Rivercrest
On 3.7-acre estate minutes from the popular Galleria, this majestic estate includes a palatial main residence, a resort-caliber pool and entertaining pavilion, a three-bedroom guesthouse, and stables. Details such as custom-forged ironwork, stained-glass windows, basket-weave and herringbone-patterned French oak floors, book-matched marble, ornate carved woodwork, and artisanal cabinetry contribute to the regal ambience that pervades every space in the home, from the banquet-sized dining room, library, and den to the state-of-the-art kitchen, formal living room, and lavish master suite.
Offered at: $14,500,000
Location: 6 West Rivercrest Drive, Houston, TX 77042
Masterful craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail are exhibited throughout this 20,157-square-foot Renaissance-inspired manor in a prestigious gated community. Spaces are ideal for refined living and entertaining—two salons, an elegant music room, a maple-paneled library, a wine cellar, a tearoom, a spacious kitchen with a butler’s pantry and a wet bar, and a home theater. Outdoors, a porch, multilevel garden terraces, a variable-depth freshwater pool, a spa, and a pool pavilion with a bar and grill are enveloped by lush grounds.
Offered at: $28,000,000
Location: Houston, TX 77024
Old World Refinement
This 1.63-acre estate is an idyllic escape only minutes from Memorial Drive and Houston’s city center. An air of European sophistication and Old World finery pervades the 13,836-square-foot, five-bedroom residence, which includes an air-conditioned loggia, a chef’s kitchen, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, and other grand spaces for welcoming a crowd. At the heart of the manicured gardens and grounds, which are enveloped by a 25-foot cedar privacy hedge, are a glamorous swimming pool and personal putting green.
Offered at: $18,950,000
Location: 526 West Friar Tuck Lane, Houston, TX 77024
French Country–Style Retreat
Recalling estates of the French countryside, this 11,494-square-foot home on approximately one acre in Piney Point Village offers six bedroom suites, an impressive gourmet kitchen, a spacious family room with a fireplace and heart pine ceiling beams, media and game rooms, craft and exercise spaces, a study, a wine room, and a workshop. The beautifully landscaped grounds feature a saltwater pool and a covered outdoor kitchen with a fireplace.
Offered at: $5,999,999
Location: 9 Lacewood Lane, Piney Point Village, TX 77024
This 39,960-square-foot Mediterranean-style manor in Memorial Villages is a magnificent setting for grand living and entertaining, with 20-foot ceilings, vaulted archways, marble floors, elaborate ironwork and moldings, and mahogany paneling. In addition to six restful bedrooms, it offers chef’s and catering kitchens, a home theater, an Old World–inspired wine room, and a bar. Rivaling a relaxing resort, the grounds include a pool and hot tub, a cabana with a “rain curtain,” a warming fire pit, and an alfresco kitchen.
Offered at: $6,950,000
Location: 11010 N Country Squire Street, Houston, TX 77024
Regal River Oaks Manor
A lush lawn and stately oaks surround this in lovely seven-bedroom estate in River Oaks. Balconies, travertine flooring, and generous use of ornate decorative ironwork contribute to a formal, regal ambience; while spaces such as the family room, the breakfast room, “gentleman’s room,” game room, and home theater have a relaxed, inviting air. The secluded and serene backyard features a loggia with a fireplace and a summer kitchen beside an alluring pool with a fountain and a spa.
Offered at: $8,250,000
Location: 2320 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX 77019