Although securely ensconced in the prestigious Piney Point Village community of Houston, this stately 9,501-square-foot residence could easily be mistaken for an august English manor, with its regal classical architecture and its plethora of sophisticated features, fixtures, and finishes. Designed by architect Rudy Colby, known for creating inspiring homes in some of Houston’s premier neighborhoods, it offers five bedrooms, light-filled living and entertaining spaces, and interior design crafted by the discerning eye of John Kidd.
Houston, Texas | Mary Elizabeth Hahnfield, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
An ambience of timeless refinement fills the home, which begins with a reception hall and dramatic stairway with a striking iron railing. Striking materials such as wide-plank and herringbone-patterned walnut, Texas limestone, handsome brick, and Lagos Azul and Carrara marble can be found throughout. Consummate elegant entertaining is accomplished with ease thanks to such inviting spaces as the living room, which overlooks the grounds through a large bay window and is warmed by a fireplace with Greek-inspired carved wooden mantle; a wet bar with a wine chiller and an ice maker; a paneled library; a family room with two walls of windows and a built-in desk; two beautifully finished powder rooms; and the formal dining room, with its light-bearing floor-to-ceiling windows and delightful Gracie wallpaper. Chefs of all skill levels will appreciate the magnificent kitchen, which boasts Lagos Azul slab countertops, subway tile, a stainless-steel-topped island with counter seating, a butler’s pantry nearby, and superior appliances from Viking, Thermador, and Sub-Zero. Creating a space destined to be the heart of the home, the kitchen flows naturally to a light-flooded breakfast and sitting area.
One guest suite is located on the main floor, while the others are secluded on the upper level. The owner’s retreat appeals with its grand view of the grounds, a Carrara marble bath with both tub and shower, a coffee bar, and two walk-in closets. In a thoughtful configuration, the second level also enjoys its own family room or den and a game room.
Multiple astutely appointed home offices—including a separate office “retreat” with a wine storage and tasting room—accommodate busy professionals. An elevator allows for effortless access to every level. Among the other highlights are a generous laundry room with a pet bathing station and space for auxiliary appliances, a three-car garage, a hunter’s closet, and a workshop area.
The park-like grounds are as majestic as the home itself, anchored by the azure waters of a pool and spa surrounded by a refreshing expanse of lush bright green lawn. Further afield, amid the tasteful professional landscaping, is the home’s entertaining sports court, equipped with lighting to allow for nighttime play.
Featuring a living room and a kitchenette, the pool house is an ideal venue for festive gatherings, but with the versatility of the current fitness room—which could be converted to serve as a bedroom—it can also function a stylish private guesthouse. With its impeccably outfitted summer kitchen and wood-burning fireplace, the bluestone-paved loggia affords comfortable living, lounging, and dining in the fresh air practically year-round—all while enjoying a view of the pool and grounds, mere steps away.
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