Inside a Stately Home in Houston’s Tanglewood

A classicism more typical of a handsome English manor characterizes this 10,203-square-foot home on a half-acre corner lot in Houston’s exclusive Tanglewood neighborhood. Stately stonework, elegant arches, precisely pitched rooflines, and manicured trees and shrubs conjure an ambience of regal refinement.

Houston, Texas | Kim PhillipsMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Beyond the striking hand-carved alderwood entry doors, a foyer with 22-foot ceilings, timeless crown molding, and diamond-finished Venetian plasterwork introduces the home’s enduring style. Off the foyer through pocket doors is an office with custom built-in shelving and European white oak and walnut parquetry patterned after the floors at Monticello. Two sets of French doors admit lovely light and views of the home’s picturesque gardens in the formal dining room. Steps away lies a formal living room with a gas fireplace, and intricate molding.

The home was clearly designed for entertaining, featuring as it does a butler’s corridor with a marble buffet and a walk-in pantry, a catering kitchen, two discreet powder rooms, a climate-controlled wine room, and a wet bar with white marble counters, stylish glass shelving, an ice maker, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The open, airy kitchen and great room combine elegant finishes and fixtures with an air of hospitality and ease. A stainless-steel Wolf range with a dramatic hood, an oversized marble island, and European-oak-inlaid French limestone floors catch the eye.

Among the private quarters, the owner’s suite is located on the main level and enjoys a gas fireplace and a wonderful view of the backyard pool. Its lavish spa-inspired bath boasts dual sinks, walk-in closets, and water closets; a shower; and an oversized jetted tub set beside a stained-glass window in a distinctive chevron pattern.

Four guest bedrooms are secluded on the upper level, which is accessible via a main stairway with a custom wrought-iron railing as well as a second stairway located in the kitchen. Each room is a suite with a generous walk-in closet. The highlight of the second level is a uniquely combined game room, media room, and home theater featuring surround sound and a marble wet bar with an ice maker and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

The home wraps around its beautiful backyard, creating peaceful privacy for the dazzling swimming pool and spa, which are adjoined by emerald lawn, patio space for sun-soaked lounging and dining, and a covered summer kitchen with a grill, a refrigerator, an ice maker, a sink, and storage cabinets.

Although the style of the estate is undeniably classic, modern amenities abound, from surround sound to an elevator and a security system with cameras. Thoughtful conveniences include a three-car garage and two laundry rooms—one on each level.

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