This magnificent Normandy Manor style estate is located at 2945 Lazy Lane Boulevard in Houston, TX.  It is situated on approximately 4.89 acres in the  River Oaks section. The original house was designed by renowned architect John F. Staub and built in 1935. It was then restored and expanded by William Furbish. It boasts 14,365 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, grand 3-story reception hall, formal living room with 18th century French panels and wet bar, banquet-size formal dining room, family room, game room, swimming pool, guest house, formal gardens, large motor court with porte-cochere and a 3-car detached garage with guest quarters above. It is listed at $17,500,000.

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  • rob

    First. Magnificent house. For Dracula.




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    • george

      Admit it, this is a great house for halloween trick or treating.




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  • Venom

    That is one gorgeous bed and breakfast.




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  • Daniel

    I really like parts of this house. The living, exterior front facade, entry foyer and billiards room are very nice in my opinion. What I don’t like is the dining room (Come on, 20 seats?), the rear facade (Ugly as HELL), and the price.




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  • Grrrowler

    I like some of it, but other parts are an odd mishmash of styles. The entrance foyer has great proportions, but there’s way too much going on with the furnishings. It DOES set the style for the rest of house, so it’s a success in that regard. The living room has way too many colors going on, and the upholstered furniture is completely boring. The Murano chandeliers in the dining room are great, but there doesn’t need to be two of them, and the conference room table is awful. The rest of the rooms are messes. The average (at best) quality modern pieces and antique reproduction pieces look terrible together.




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  • Mak

    Since when does Normandy and Contemporary design mix? (hint: they don’t EVER).

    What a stupid house. The architect, builder and decorator should be flogged, and then forced to spend time in the dungeon.




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  • NOVA Ben

    There’s definitely a lot going on decor-wise…the furniture being gone will help a bit, but there’s still a lot that needs redecorating. The proportions look good to me, the rooms are very large, but that seems in keeping with the exterior style. Outside I do like it, the shade of brick seems a little off, but that’s okay. I LOVE the fact that it’s on a lot of land (for the city), and the landscaping seems low-key and natural. I agree with Mak on the guest house…why would you build a guest house that is not only a complete different style, but ugly as hell too?

    Oh, and a little note to the realtor:
    WHY THE HELL ARE THERE NO PICTURES OF THE KITCHEN? I am so sick and tired of seeing real estate listings that have no shortage of general information, but leave out photos of some of the most important areas of the home! SERIOUSLY! GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER WHEN YOU LIST A HOME, ESPECIALLY ONE THIS EXPENSIVE!!!!




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  • Chris

    To all the haters above, you all don’t know much about the River Oaks neighborhood in Houston. The home above was built in 1935 by John Staub, a nationally renowned Houston architect that designed a great deal of the original mansions in River Oaks. Owning a John Staub designed mansion is similar to joining an elite club. Many of Houston’s finest homes were designed by him. I would own the home above in a heartbeat because it is one of the finest homes in River Oaks, and that is what makes it special.




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