Tour La Perse: a Renaissance-inspired Manor in Houston

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A home of such regal finery as La Perse — a 20,157-square-foot Renaissance-inspired manor in Houston’s gated community — deserves an appropriately grand introduction. A majestic two-story entry with a groin-vaulted porte cochère and stately stone columns provides it. Just beyond lies a spectacular foyer. Its surfaces of Crema Marfil marble, domed ceiling, antique Baccarat chandelier, and striking floating staircase exemplify the masterful craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail exhibited throughout the home.

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Ideal for refined entertaining are the home’s two salons — bookended by fireplaces with carved wood mantles and marble hearths — and an elegant music room, which enchants with its antique French-style wall paneling, frieze, and inlaid marble floors. Quiet contemplation is promoted in a library with maple-paneled walls, a fireplace framed by lighted bookcases, walnut Florentine-pattern parquet floors, and a carved ceiling.

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Encouraging culinary pursuits of all sorts — along with grand-scale catered functions — is the spacious kitchen, with its custom cabinetry, marble countertops, professional appliances, generous island, walk-in pantry, and butler’s pantry with wet bar.

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The mahogany-paneled and carpeted home theater is sure to be the setting for memorable relaxed moments; in addition to numerous comfortable seats it includes a wood stage and a lobby snack bar. Also alluring is a wine cellar with a groin-vaulted brick ceiling, floors of reclaimed 120-year-old Parisian stone, and oak storage shelving. The tearoom is perhaps the most captivating space in the home, featuring tiled walls, antique lighting, a tiered fountain, and doors to an exquisite garden terrace.

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At approximately 5,000 square feet, the master suite is a bastion of seclusion and serenity. It features an antique marble fireplace imported from Paris, French doors overlooking the grounds, a lavish marble bath, and its own coffee and juice bar. Six additional bedrooms provide guests with similar luxury and privacy.

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Outdoors, a stately marble-clad gallery porch, multilevel garden terraces, a variable-depth freshwater swimming pool swathed in blue Italian tile, and a spa are enveloped by lush grounds. The pool pavilion includes a bar and grill, affording and ideal space for fabulous alfresco fêtes.

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$30,000,000 | Houston, TX 77024

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