Inside a Spacious Manor in Houston’s Exclusive Farnham Park

Inside a Spacious Manor in Houston’s Exclusive Farnham Park

Amid the coveted confines of Piney Point—perhaps the most prestigious of Houston’s renowned Memorial Villages—Farnham Park is widely regarded and revered as one of the city’s most exclusive communities. On a treasured tree-lined street, this magnificent residence, designed by award-winning area architect Robert Dame, boasts an impressive floor plan of some 15,000 square feet, and while its façade hints at inspiration from English manors of old, it is undeniably and stylishly modern, an exceedingly gratifying home that accommodates the finest contemporary living and entertaining with ease.

Houston, Texas | Ruthie Porterfield, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

It begins with an elegant foyer, where timeless herringbone-pattered parquetry and a grand central staircase set a subtly sophisticated tone. Beyond is an array of diverting spaces: a genteel living room with a fireplace and classical moldings, a formal dining room with a wall of windows and a dazzling blue lacquer ceiling, and a relaxed library with an upper-level balcony. Airy and bright, a sizeable kitchen with lofty eye-catching trusses encourages culinary pursuits and enjoyable meals at home with its charming breakfast area, oversized island, and top-tier appliances. Adjoining on the other side of the kitchen’s shared fireplace is a light-flooded family room with Palladian-inspired windows.

Ideal for the current moment—a life of teleconferences and remote learning—the residence offers a variety of thoughtfully equipped and versatile spaces: a colorful hobby room, a quiet media room, a generous game and recreation room, and a fitness room with a mirrored wall and ballet barre. An office or study features a built-in L-shaped desk along with cabinets, drawers, and cubbies, while the handsome home theater includes a projector and comfortable carpeting.

Secluded on the upper level, the owner’s retreat boasts a bedroom with tall windows, its own warming fireplace, and built-in bookshelves; two impeccably outfitted walk-in closets; and a lavish en suite bath with a soaking tub, an extensive vanity, and surfaces clad in stately Calacatta marble. Each of the guest bedrooms is a peaceful oasis, featuring a bay window, a unique windowed sitting alcove, or French doors; a distinctive design motif; and a well-appointed bath.

On the main level, a majestic gallery hallway with striking groin vaulting is lined with multiple sets of French doors admitting glorious light and giving way to the enviable backyard. A covered outdoor living area and kitchen with a built-in grill and fireplace is among the home’s resort-caliber collection of sun-drenched terraces and other alfresco spaces that surround the inviting swimming pool and spa.

Among the most sought-after addresses in the Houston area, Farnham Park is revered for its 24-hour staffed security gate, lauded schools, large lots, plentiful mature trees, and proximity to shops and entertainment.

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