This 23,592 square foot mega mansion is located at 11682 Arrowwood Circle in the Piney Point Village neighborhood of Houston, TX. It first went on the market back in April of 2007 with an asking price of $19.9 million. It is owned by Douglas R. Johnson and his wife Melanie, who are divorced. It is now on the market for $8,900,000. It boasts 4 kitchens, 2-story great room, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, library, bar and wine room, mahogany paneled game room with wet bar, home theater, outdoor grilling area, infinity swimming pool and much more. This home is definitely grand in every sense of the word.

From SWAMPLOT (back in September of 2009) :

More than 6 reductions over the last 2 years mean you can now snap up this 20,000-plus-sq.-ft. Piney Point megamansion for less than half its original $19.9 million asking price. The spread belongs to Douglas R. Johnson and his wife Melanie, who divorced a year and a half ago, reports the Chronicle‘s Shelby Hodge:

The house began as a 6,000 square-foot teepee sitting in the middle of a lush wooded acre on Arrowwood. We are told that the couple pumped $16 million worth of expansion and improvements into the place. Eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, three half-baths and a paneled wine room and bar dating from the 1920s are part of the package. And did we mention the vast third-floor entertainment area that features a lavish theater center, game room and bar?

According to the divorce decree, Melanie and the boys get to live in the house until it sells. The judge gave Doug the right to control that sale. He priced the property at $19 million — unheard of in the Memorial/Piney Point neighborhoods. There was little interest. Melanie went back to court recently and secured rights to control the sale herself. And how things have changed.

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  • Daniel

    Hmm. The exterior is very odd looking. The “L” shape layout makes it seems like only one wing of the house is used most of the time. I do have to say that I actually really LOVE the way the living room looks in photo 4…the lighting is fantastic, and the styling is beautiful, if a little formal. However, in photo 2 it looks drab and musty. Amazing what good photography can do for a home.




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    • Iemand

      Exactly, the same for the dining room; lighting is great. But I think in real life it would be worse. Overall I think it’s to formal.




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  • Mak

    The barrel ceiling in the master bedroom is really quite lovely.




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  • George

    According to Zillow on 2/26/11 the house was listed for $7,999,500.00. The current price is just over $900,000.00 higher. I love real estate sales agent logic, if you can’t sell something at one price, RAISE the price.




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  • richvanc

    Hmmm…yes Mak, I noticed that too! Very nice…in fact there are many features I like in this home, and not much I don’t like. Still, overall I think the OPULENCE just makes me “shudder”. It’s just not “cozy” anywhere, 😉




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s way too opulent for me. But, there are some nice details to the house. My favorite part is the setting; I love the wooded lot with the bayou to the north.




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  • Hugh

    I like the exterior, but the interior is far to opulent.




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  • Jon

    I think its awesome besides being an L shape like Daniel said. And its a little to formal, but still really well done.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Let’s see…new price, same ugly.

    the sad reality of selling homes with narrow appeal to the very small slice of people who can afford it must sting like hell.




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  • George

    What he said




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  • richvanc

    yeah, yeah, yeah, must sting like hell!!! HO HUM 🙂




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  • LE

    Only 4 kitchens? Where am I supposed to cook food the other 3 nights of the week?




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    • Iemand

      Lol.
      You sound like $0.50 on MTV Cribs…




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  • cwh

    This house is a tack-fest!!




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