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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
$30,000,000 | Houston, TX 77024