Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Architecture Wednesday: Bayou Breeze

Y’all know I loves me some architecture, and I loves me some Bravo, which is why I loves me some Property Envy on Bravo. They show luxury real estate and then dish the digs, and guess the price. But on last night’s episode I stumbled across the house of my dreams. In fact, I love this house so much that, were I to win the Powerball, I’d make an all-cash offer of the $17,000,000 price-tag and move into the house even though it’s in Texas!
That’s how much I love Bayou Breeze. I love that it’s new but looks old; I love that it looks like a mash-up of Tudor and Frank Lloyd Wright and cabin in the woods. I love that it looks lived in, but not; elegant but livable; and, did I mention there’s a wine cellar?
Bayou Breeze is part of the River Oaks, a community that was developed back in 1927 by William and Michael Hogg, sons of former Texas governor Jim Hogg. A strict adherence to meticulous planning, as well as high standards for architecture and landscaping makes River Oaks the most beautiful and peaceful spot in which to retire and live, baby, live!
The 16,022 square foot home sits on nearly four acres overlooking the Buffalo Bayou just outside Houston. The driveway winds between the old oaks and brings you into the motor court in front of the house.
The limestone façade, the cypress wood paneling, the double door entry that leads to a foyer of limestone brick flooring, and French plastered walls and ceilings and the grand staircase framed by two-and-a-half story windows overlooking the lawns. There is a living room with thirty foot ceilings, antique hardwood floors and a tall bank of casement windows and an estate-sized fireplace.
The second floor includes the Master Suite, five other bedrooms, the Family room, and Media Room with a raised stage. The first two bedrooms, perfect for the children — or,in my case, the cats — are side-by-side and beneath their vaulted ceilings share a playroom between them, with Juliet balconies on both sides. Imagine Tuxedo with his own balcony!
The other bedrooms include their own small studies, or libraries and private bathrooms. The Master Suite, with 12.5 foot ceilings and wide plank hardwood floors, include an octagonal private dressing area with custom closets, an exercise room, and an expansive Master bathroom with a whirlpool tub under an alcove and marble walk-in shower. The suite also includes its own Roma steam shower.
But that's just the main house. Expecting company? There's a two-bedroom apartment above the garage as well as a separate guest house with its own coffee bar.
For dining and entertaining, you can choose the beautiful kitchen, or the formal dining room, complete with fireplace and wood paneled walls, or an airy breakfast room. There is also a wet bar and lounge off the kitchen with lacquered teak accents, and a basement wine cellar with another dining area for guests.
But it isn't all about the inside. Outside the house features an English garden, complete with fountains and custom stone walls around the swimming pool, with a gate that leads to a cypress grove. There is also a polo cabana with its own kitchen and bathroom, an outdoor fireplace and colonnaded arbor under which one can sit around the outdoor bar and barbecue. 
The house’s harmonious relationship to nature is also exemplified through its environmentally friendly geo-thermal heat system, using the earth as a heat source in the winter and a cooling heat sink in the summer. 
The current asking price is $17,995,000 — recently reduced from $19.9 million — but don’t forget that living in such an auspicious neighborhood as River Oaks comes with a price: there's an added $3,204 a month homeowner’s association fee. Still, with Powerball money this could be done.
And done with panache!



Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, but.... it's Texas!

viktor kerney said...