This French inspired gated estate, dubbed DanMar Manor, is located at 88 Grand Regency Circle in the  Carlton Woods community in The Woodlands, TX. It is situated on 4+ acres of land and boasts 30,717 square feet of living space. It is owned by Danny and Marian Spence. Danny is the CEO of Procorp Associates Inc. The home boasts 10 bedrooms, 13 full and 5 half bathrooms, a 6-car garage, 2 one bedroom apartments with full kitchens & bath, 3,100+ square foot master suite with gym and shampoo salon, 3 elevators including a custom glass/wrought iron Birdcage Elevator in the great  room, home theater, billiards room, full catering kitchen with a walk-in-cooler, custom retro bar, swimming pool with spa, pool house with full kitchen and bath and much more.The home is being sold with hard furnishings. It is listed at $19,000,000.

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  • Daniel

    Eh. I’m having trouble seeing where the 30,000 square-feet went. Although the pictures are pretty terrible, I don’t expect to see anything worth $19 million. The only part I like inside is the master bedroom – The wood paneling is fantastic, though I wonder how the wife likes it.

    The exterior isn’t bad, and I like the abundance of balconies in the rear. I expect the house will sell for about 40% of the asking price.




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    • Iemand

      You like the abundance of balconies?
      I REALLY don’t. It gives the whole thing a messy look. Less corners, bits and pieces would make it look much better.

      The house isn’t that bad but it isn’t a unique thing either. The wood paneled bedroom does look good. The rest of the interior; I don’t know, some/most of it is certainly not my style.

      And for someone not living in the US of A, Texas just isn’t the place where I would (possibly) move to.




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      • Daniel

        Nope, don’t mind it. The balustrades could be different but I don’t think it looks cluttered or overdone. Perhaps I would have installed some black wrought-iron railings with a TINY bit of gold accents; this would probably soften the look. Look at the birds-eye view, since it doesn’t look nearly as bad and you can see how it works with the rest of the rear elevation.




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      • Daniel

        Something along the lines of this is what I would have done…

        http://p.rdcpix.com/v06/l39ba9d41-m1o.jpg

        And actually, the house is pretty much the way I would furnish the home above as well. Worth a look:

        realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/17791-Saxony-Court_Boca-Raton_FL_33496_M57026-25537




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  • Brandt

    I like that it seems to be warm and cozy which is rare for a house of this size.




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  • Iulian Pojar

    small pool




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  • John Burgdorf (North Texas Luxury)

    Love this house. Great post.




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  • Tina

    The outside is stunning, amazing how much limestone was used. I found the inside to be commercial looking and very disappointing. I expected it to be much more traditional and elegant. Please check out my new elegant blogspot:

    http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/




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    • Iemand

      Damn, that’s your house?
      Kenny I found a new home for you to post here, it’s Tina’s!




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      • Kenny Forder

        I know, I just saw!! It’s gorgeous.




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    • Venom

      Very nice house.
      Excellent inside and out.
      I love that you used Le Cornue.
      I am always dismayed by how many large homes I go in and they don’t have a Le Cornue range.
      I feel once you reach a certain pricepoint, that should be automatic.




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  • Stewie

    Nice crib! The kind of home I like




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  • Al Robinson

    Overall I am a fan of this mansion. I LOVE the exterior, the design and of course, all those balconies. I like that the exterior is white, because that seems to give it a $$ appeal. Some of the interior is nice, like the kitchen, the foyer, and the “diner”. I think that some of the other rooms are a bit overdone, with too much wood used.

    Considering where the mansion is located, I don’t see this home selling for $19 million. I think that if this home was located on either “Lazy Ln Blvd”, “Inwood Dr”, or “Willowick Rd” in Houston itself, I think that asking price would be more appropriate.




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  • Matt

    Wow, my uncle lives in the long Mediterranean house behind it and it is 13,000 square feet. I would have never guessed it was that big!!!!!!




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  • KEV

    http://www.mcad-tx.org/html/records.html

    That’s a PDF of the property data. It actually IS 30,000 sf, I never would have guessed either. Adding all the covered areas and garages and this thing is over 40,000, crammed onto an acre and a half. Lived in it for 6 years before he realized what a upkeep nightmare this place is–pretty typical, I suppose.




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  • Grrrowler

    I like the front of the house. It’s interesting, welcoming (especially for such a large house), and I appreciate that symmetry. Unfortunately that’s where it ends for me. I HATE the back of the house. The inside looks like a hotel to me, and has about as much personality. Like others have said, the paneling in the master BR is nice, but I don’t really like the execution with the furniture. You also couldn’t pay me enough to live in/near Houston. My father lives in River Oaks and I would choose it over this part of TX any time, but I still wouldn’t live there! The price on this seems way too high; if I had to live in TX I would much rather live on a lake somewhere.




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    • XChrisX

      Why River Oaks, over The Woodlands? I guess it’s the typical area to live in for the truly affluent in Houston, but The Woodlands now days is a much nicer area, lower crime being out of the city, and much better landscape and overall feel in general.




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  • Michelle

    That wood paneled bedroom is not actually the master. It’s a guest bedroom located on the third floor. And you all are right about the foyer, they really missed the mark on that.




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    • Michelle

      Oh, and I agree it is way, way overpriced!!!




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  • Venom

    It is a nice house, but not even remotely worth neat the $19 million asking price.
    The quality of materials and detail work are definitely not in that price range and it is definitely not in the right part of the country to ask that price.

    California, Greenwich or Palm Beach maybe you can ask that kind of price.




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    • Michelle

      How can you tell it doesn’t have “the quality of materials and detail work” that make it not in that price range? I am trying to learn what to look for when I look at the photos.




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  • George

    I have lived in Texas. For that price there should be enough land to run 3,000 mother cows and their calves. Oh, and for that price the cows should be included.




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  • Marie

    Love the exterior, too much of the interior looks too masculine to me. Too dark and needs more lighting.




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  • Brijbhushan Bhattadri

    While the styling and the lack of outside space could be argued, (yes, the house deserves bigger grounds on which to stand in my opinion too) the work that went into this house is top notch. The stonework looks like it was chrome oxide or tin oxide polished – an expensive finish to say the least. And the sheer square footage of stone used is astounding. Whether the sellers will get what they are asking for is a different issue, but they did spend quite a bit on the home. We’ll know when the home sells whether this was a good or bad investment – from the opinions expressed here, it could be either. Now, how’s that for a diplomatic response to the arguments here? 🙂




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  • Nick

    To be honest, I expected a more classy interior.

    The exterior is astonishing, that’s for sure.The interior, however, could have been much better in some rooms.The bar room is atrocious;The kitchen looks ancient;
    The other rooms are generally beautiful, but I guess in a huge mansion like this you would expect more expensive decoration.Also, it’s remarkable the lack of lighting in the house, which is annoying.

    Maybe the location is unattractive for the price, but it still remains a 30.000 sq.foot mansion with a marvelous exterior and a fine interior in most of the rooms.

    Thus 7,9/10.




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    • Moore

      The “atrocious” bar room was built for their grandchildren. It’s a replica of the old timey drug store soda fountains. The home was built to be lived in……and enjoyed.




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  • Kieran

    This house is kinda disgusting but I LOVEE IT!! 🙂




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  • Jeff

    I live down the street from Mr Spence and watched the house from the dirt work until what it is now. Mr S doesnt worry about the up keep at all, the house is spotless at all times. He has had the pillars covering the four acres stripped and repainted several times, the house pressure washed and the gardens maintained constantly since the day the home was finished. The home is way larger than 30k sqft once you add the air conditioned garages, covered patios and the pool house as well. I have to say, every day when I drive by the home I am stunned as to how amazingly well kept everything is.




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  • danny

    I agree with daniel – where is the 30,000 square feet? What enormous rooms didn’t they show us? A 23,000 square foot home in Houston was listed for a fraction of the 19M. I would pay 4.5M.




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  • Kyle

    Lots of pretentious comments. My opinion is that Carlton Woods is a fantastic place to live – great golf course(s) and beautiful gated community. The home sits on over 4 acres, and it looks fantastic … in my humble opinion.




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