Bayou Woods Glamour
Houston, Texas, United States
Homes that enchant us with their glamour and sensuous appointments are rare. This elegant Neo-Classical French-style residence in Bayou Woods is one such extraordinary property, and surrounds residents and visitors with unparalleled luxury and extravagant delights that fire the imagination.
A privacy wall encloses this gleaming white stucco and stone estate. Access is granted via an electronic entrance gate, and formal parterres and a charming stone fountain greet arrivals in the front motor court. Magnificent tall solid wood doors embellished with ormolu-style decoration and hardware open into the reception hall, splendidly appointed with an elaborately inlaid marble floor that is more art than floor, and a towering ceiling punctuated by a stained-glass dome above the serpentine staircase. A massive stone broken pediment crowns the front doors, and entrances to principle rooms are announced by pairs of marble Corinthian columns. Visible through an interior vista across the enormous open living room and through a rear wall of tall butted glass, the expansive inlaid marble terraces, inviting pool and gardens form an arresting backdrop.
A second set of tall solid doors leads into the paneled study, appointed with floor-to-ceiling illuminated book and display cabinets and an intricately laid hardwood floor. The dining room also flanks the reception hall and features reproduction boiserie ornamented with gilt and delicate Rococo motifs. A built-in sideboard and cabinets provide ease of service. The light-filled living room is also enhanced with delicately painted boiserie as well as a baronial marble double-front fireplace with marble overmantel, and a trompe l’œil plaster ceiling medallion. A fully equipped bar is conveniently positioned between the formal rooms.
The classical floorplan divides the ground level space into public and private wings. In the public wing, the living room blends into the equally impressive family room which shares the double-front fireplace and rear wall of butted glass. Arched recessed display cabinets line the wall where the family room extends into the inviting kitchen and breakfast room.
The island kitchen boasts uncommonly distinctive slab marble surfaces, custom-designed and painted cabinetry, stove hood, and paneled SubZero refrigerator and freezer with bonnet; a raised breakfast bar with pull-up seating; inlaid ceramic and subway tile backsplash; Wolf range and double ovens; and custom-designed lighting. One of the most stunning rooms in this spectacular house is the sunny breakfast room, defined by a deep curve of butted glass and crowned by a double-height domed ceiling and a breathtakingly immense, ribbon-glass chandelier. Beyond the kitchen, service areas encompass a full bathroom to serve the pool; a home office; an elevator; the return staircase, mud room, side entrance and access to the five-car garage with two lifts; and a staff bedroom with a private bathroom.
The opulent master suite occupies the entire private wing, and is secluded from the public spaces at the end of a barrel-vault marble-floored hallway. Guarded by tall solid wood doors, the bedroom enjoys intricately designed hardwood floors, an arched wall recess for the bed, and a delicately painted built-in cabinet with bonnet top. Tall glass-paned doors lead to the suite’s private walled garden with formal parterres, pebble paths, fountains, and water courses.
Price: Price Upon Request
Size: 12,989 Sq. Ft.
Bathrooms: 7 Full, 2 Half
Speciality Items: Built in 2009, Stained Glass Dome, Gourmet Kitchen, Swimming Pool, Covered Outdoor Spaces.
Address: Houston, Texas, United States
The absolutely glorious master bathroom has fine cabinetry inspired by Second Empire designs and provides beautifully engineered privacy and space with pairs of gilded sinks, glass and marble showers, and water closets. Amenities include mirrored walls with sconces; a double-height, groin-vault ceiling with delicate painting and clerestory windows; sculpted marble surfaces; an inlaid marble floor with huge central medallion; and a raised jetted tub beneath a window overlooking the private walled garden. Custom-designed, room-sized walk-in closets feature glass-front and mirrored wardrobes with racks and shelving, and packing islands with drawers and marble surfaces. A delightful morning room shares the master suite and features delicately painted boiserie doors, a juice bar and tall glass-paned doors leading to the private walled garden.
Illuminated art recesses grace the main staircase landing on the second floor, where a short flight of marble steps leads to an open den with wide plank hardwood floors, a built-in media cabinet, glass-paned doors to a balconet overlooking the pool, and a walk-in wet bar.
Sumptuous and spacious, second-floor bedroom suites have hardwood floors, custom-designed walk-in closets, and private bathrooms with marble, designer-tile and seamless glass enclosed showers and tub showers. A guest or mother-in-law suite is appointed with delicately painted boiserie and glass-front wardrobes. Additional spaces include a game room or playroom with interior windows above the breakfast room, and a second home office on the return staircase landing that features built-in desks, marble desk tops and deep file drawers.