This mediterranean style home is located at 10 Rains Way in the Memorial Park section of Houston, TX. It was built in 2001 and boasts 7,160 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2-story foyer with sweeping staircase, travertine floors, gallery hallway, living room, wet bar with granite counter tops, gourmet kitchen, butlers pantry, wine room, elevator, gorgeous library, covered porch, summer kitchen and a negative edge swimming pool with fountain. It is listed at $4,299,000.

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  • Daniel

    I like this home. Rarely do I like homes from Texas, but I like it. I hate the front facade, however. It looks like a duplex and the single-car garages on the opposite ends look terrible. I would have placed a two-car garage on one side of the house. I like the details used on the outside, and the rear looks nice. I love the landscaping and the wood french doors.

    Inside is very monochromatic, but again, very elegant. Reminds me a lot of Palm Beach homes. I love the ceiling heights and room sizes.

    The inside for me is a 9/10, and the rear outside an 8 out of 10. Damn shame about the front…




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  • Jason

    wow! so nice to see more pics of this fine Houston home. the entrance facade is like that because of the smallish pie shaped lot the house sits on. if you look at the living room pic, you can see Beautiful Homes magazine on it- the house was featured in it’s pages as the cover shot. this is where I learned about the reason for it’s elevation. it actually makes sense since this particular magazine also featured the floor plans with the article. this post made me go dig up the magazine and look up the architect’s website. lucky for you all it has the PDF file of the article online with the plans so you can look up. here is the link- http://www.atticusarch.com/atticus-architecture-media-publications, scroll to the Beautiful Homes page and open the file!




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    • Iemand

      Wow, great. Floorplans!
      I like:
      – The style of the exterior (even the front); the french doors/balconies, the roof, the stucco (?), everything!
      – The stairs, as Grrrowler said; dramatic but not overdone.
      – All the double doors, both inside as outside. I really REALLY love those french doors/balconies at the back.
      – The kitchen.
      – Basically I like the entire interior.
      – Backyard looks good to.
      – Some will like the huge country club/golf course at the back.

      I don’t like:
      – The location; close to a road (not a busy road I guess) and very close to the neighbours.
      – The front: when I look at the floorplans they could have placed the garages together which would have look much MUCH better.
      – That huuge window on picture #8.

      So I like the style but if they would have paid more attention to some details (garage/windows) it would have looks much better.




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      • Iemand

        Also, why a stairs to the master bedroom??
        (Look at the floorplan in Jason’s comment or picture #6; door behind the brown closet at the left.




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  • Nalin

    very nice, 7,000 sq ft seems to be the perfect size




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  • Venom

    While the interior is nice, I have to give a big hell no to this house.
    $4 million plus and it is chucked up on to the street like that on a lot that is way too small. Awful.
    Then that front with the garages is just terrible.
    For $4 million plus I should not be able to kick my neighbor’s houses on either side.




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    • Kieran

      It looks like a private Cal de sac




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      • Venom

        There are 8 houses next to it, including two that you can literally kick when you are standing outside the house.
        That is not private.




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  • Grrrowler

    The front is terrible, partly because it’s pinched to fit on the strangely-shaped lot. It does end up looking like a duplex. But, I do like most of the rest of it. The back looks very nice, and I like how it backs up to Buffalo Bayou with the country club on the other side. I wish the house were on the River Oaks side of the bayou, but Memorial is not a bad area.

    I like the interior, but it needs some extra color to offset the dozens of shades of ecru. I really like the pecky cypress paneling and doors in the library. It’s formal but gives it a rustic edge. The stairway is also a highlight; it’s dramatic but not overdone, which seems rare these days!Overall it’s a little formal for my taste, but it’s very nice. Add a little color to the interior and I’d love it.




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  • Limedaiquiri

    Cream!




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  • Kieran

    Pretty perfect




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  • Mak

    Interesting. Most are put off by the treatment of the garage doors flanking the front door. I know I am too. It just doesn’t’ work for me.

    I do, however, like the rest of the house, and I certainly like the property in the back. Having the house built with wings like that give it a certain amount of privacy that, with property lines so close together, you wouldn’t have at all.

    7/10 for me.




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  • Nick

    I like it due to the lovely interior.Nothing special though…




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  • Mark

    This is really well done. I would say on this site about 1 out of every 10 or 12 is truly done in good taste, this being on one. Everything was done properly and to scale. Its a great home. The angle of the way its set is a little “off” but other than that its pretty darn nice.




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  • Chris

    Wow, If I had the cash, this home would be mine. Very very well done in my opinion.




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