Incomparable Moroccan Masterpiece
4 West Rivercrest Drive, Houston, Texas, United States, 77042
This noble custom-built compound reflects a North African heritage and culture rich in artistic architectural design. “Designed around a central courtyard, the main structure follows the century-old tradition of the ryads of the Moroccan desert and inland Arab cities,” says Penny Smith Jones, Director of Public Relations at Martha Turner Properties. “The result is an enclosed world of privacy and, at Al Firdaws, regal luxury and serenity with extraordinarily modern, cosmopolitan flair.”
Once inside the gated entrance and tall security fences of this majestic 20,000-square-foot Moroccan estate, a three-tiered fountain rises into the air before the deeply recessed double-height front doors of the main house.
Designed for grand entertainments, reception rooms in the Moroccan style have intricately carved and mirrored dome ceilings that appear to float above gorgeous light fixtures. The reception rooms are also furnished with built-in banquettes upholstered in fine Italian silk. A professionally equipped kitchen adorned in fine rose marble is hidden behind deeply carved doors.
This gorgeous estate offers spacious European-inspired formal rooms with marble floors and elegantly carved fireplaces as well as informal rooms surrounding the central courtyard, a tranquil place enhanced by fountains and parterre gardens. It is here we find two floors of traditional living spaces for the family including a double staircase, elevator, a second professionally equipped marble kitchen and dirty kitchen, and open family room overlooking the lawn and Olympic-scale swimming pool. Lavishly appointed master suites are on both first and second floors as well as an additional seven bedrooms.
“Moroccan artisans labored for two years to fabricate calligraphy, carved wood, filigree plaster and interlaced geometrical design that cover walls and ceilings throughout the estate,” says Jones. An electronic touch-screen system automates virtually everything in the residence, from lighting to audio-visual control to five security cameras equipped with human recognition technology. The estate has garages for up to six cars and separate entrances and living quarters for a large staff. Words cannot express the nobility and magnificence of such an ornate, grand and meticulously designed estate.
House Size: 16,532 Sq. Ft.
Lot Size: 3.80 Acres
Specialty Items: Built in 2005, Domed Ceilings, Cast Stone Work, Stained Glass, Stone Floors, French Style Dining Room, Elevator, 3 Kitchens, 6 Car Garage, Central Courtyard.
Address: 4 West Rivercrest Drive, Houston, Texas, United States, 77042