This uniquely designed 8,600+ square foot mansion is located at 26 Crestwood Drive in Houston, TX. The owner is also the builder . It boasts an open floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, magnificent 35′ long foyer with columned canopy, 12′ to 14′ ceilings throughout, grand staircase with domed ceiling, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, sun room, library with secret door leading to an underground game room and media room, terraces, patio, infinity edge swimming pool with spa, extensive landscaping, large motor court with fountain and a 4-car garage. It is listed at $6,950,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    The Memorial section of Houston is interesting, but when spending $7 million on a house, it’s the “wrong” neighborhood. The south side of Buffalo Bayou, on the other side of the country club, is the “right” part of town.

    Looking at this place on satellite maps, it’s on a f$#@ing flag lot! No way would I pay that much money for any house on flag lot.

    The Beaux-Arts exterior is OK, if not a little too simple. However, the builder stuck that stupid barrel tile roof on the “rounded room” (as the listing calls it). That doesn’t fit at all.

    The interior is in need of some help. I hate the living/dining layout. Having them open to that central gallery just doesn’t work. The rest of the house is no better really. Take away the terrible furniture and it’s very very plain; there’s very little happening. There is Empire-style furniture combined with slip-covered sofas, looks the least bit comfortable. And thens someone stuck those molded resin chairs on the master bedroom terrace. That’s just wrong.

    I do think the back yard and grounds are nice, but not nice enough to make me want to pay $7 million.




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    • Barney

      Grrrowler….If by “flag” lot you mean ridiculously or zero-lot-line size, then yes, I agree with completely, price-wise. However……

      You found the interior simple?! That amazes me, and as far as the roof on the round room is concerned, yes….it should’ve been another color, but hardly a monster negative in my opinion.

      Looks to me like there could be a few TRUE Louis XVI pieces there, if not some quite well done reproductions which I think suit the house quite well. And the resin chairs on the master balcony are mid-century staples, and very cool, but you’re right……they don’t belong in that house. There’s also NO question that the landscaping and LIGHTING are Magnificent. But, all the pictures look to be almost too perfectly lit……I think they’ve all been OVER Photo-shopped, even though they’re beautiful. The just look too artificially uniform….know what I mean?




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  • Daniel

    Hate it. Looks like it was built in the ’60s. Exterior looks like a cheap movie set…one 20mph+ gust and it will topple. Interior is very confusing. Was it necessary to separate the living/dining room with a columned hall that leads to no where? What’s with the round room? It belongs in a Mediterranean home, and then they throw in super-contemporary furnishings? I think the most laughable feature is that painting over the kitchen sink….isn’t that glass behind it????? Master bathroom vanity looks like it could double as a runway, and what a terrible integration with the TV. At least make it one of those that is invisible until you turn it on. Backyard is pure Mediterranean. And as Grrrowler said, the terra-cotta tile roof is hideous and a giant afterthought.

    Overall, I think the house is struggling to be too many styles at once. Pick one, do it right and don’t deviate. How hard is it?




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    • Daniel

      After a closer look the painting over the kitchen sink turns out to be stained glass. Still crap in my opinion.




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      • Barney

        YEOW AND HOW, Dan!!!

        And I thought I was picky! Somethin’ tells me you’re right up there in the “Leona Helmsley” range on the “Just-TRY-to-Impress-Me” scale! 🙂




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        • Daniel

          Thanks Barney! Although I don’t think I would ever leave $8 million to my dog!!!!!!

          I’ll be honest…yes, I am picky, but I have a list of about 30 or so homes I would take as-is (about half of those I have never seen the interiors but I don’t care), where-is, in S. Florida alone.




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  • Stewie

    The back of the property kind of reminds me of the White House




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  • CinciRob

    The Interior definitely has a nice neutral tone but could use some updating. I think it looks like Palm Beach.




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  • Tay

    This is Texas btw, not Florida or California, nice try with the whole Mediterranean and tropical feel for the house, didnt it snow in Houston last year? Someone I know that lived down there said the humidity is unbearable half the year and the weather just plain sucks down there. The change of seasons without the nice effects I guess?




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  • Nick

    The builder definitely have a good taste, lol.

    The exterior maybe it’s not something special (this type of exterior is usual, although not in TX), but you can’t say that it’s ugly.

    However it’s the interior who makes the difference.The rooms are decorated very well from every aspect.The back of the home reminds me Pacific Palisades and that’s awesome,despite this estate is located on Houston!!

    The photographer who took the pics is definitely a proffesional.




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