Mansion #1 – Pictures #1-4 – This 30,000 square foot mega mansion is located at the intersection of Inwood Drive and River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, TX. It boasts a motor court, 2 more buildings on the property, formal gardens and a swimming pool. It is owned by James C. Flores, the founder of Ocean Energy Inc.

Mansion #2 – Pictures #5 – 8 – This French Chateau style mansion is located on Lazy Lane Boulevard in Houston, TX. It boasts a guest house, swimming pool and chapel.

Mansion #3 – Picture #9 – This large newly built mansion is located on Inwood Drive in Houston, TX.

Mansion #4 – Picture #10 – This mansion is located at the corner of Rockbrook Drive and Woodfin Drive. It is owned by Eric C. Green, who is the Chairman and CEO of Real Time Resolutions, Inc., one of the largest mortgage specialty servicers in the U.S.

Mansion #5 – Pictures #11, 12 – This mansion is located at the corner of Inverness Drive and Willowick Road in Houston, TX. It boasts a swimming pool, pool house, formal gardens and a guest house.

  • Daniel

    1) Looks lovely, and the landscaping is a nice touch.
    2) Could be nice, but that chapel is way too large…and looks more like a mausoleum.
    3)Obnoxious layout.
    4)Very pretty looking
    5) Looks nearly identical to the Beverly Hillbillies house (at least the front facade). I don’t like the wings that flank the home though…too perfect.




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  • Grrrowler

    House #1 is really a beautiful house, and I love the grounds. I don’t like that it shares a border with the country club’s parking lot. Of the others, #4 is the only one that interests me. My favorite house in Houston is also in River Oaks, and backs up on Buffalo Bayou; it’s totally private: http://binged.it/GULNqU




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  • Limedaiquar

    I would like #2 if it didn’t look like 2 houses in one. The last on is just…way too symmetical, the driveway meets the house which looks….weird. I only like the landscaping on #1. I like #4 though..




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  • Jason

    houses #1 & 2 are landmark homes in the Houston area. they were designed in the early half of the 20th century by architect John Staub. he was a master working in Texas at the same time as more well known architects were working in Long Island, Rhode Island and Chicago-land. they are both featured in his monograph which includes the floor-plans. house 1 was added onto and the sunken garden is a recent addition. I can tell you this house is meticulously kept as the two times I’ve driven by it- the entire grounds seemed to have minions of gardeners and repairmen attending to it’s every detail. I don’t know anything about house 3 and 5. house 4 is actually located in Dallas and is one of the most sublime Italianate Eclectic homes I’ve ever seen. it was designed by noted architect, Rick Drummond Davis with grounds by Lamberts Landscaping. http://rddavisarchitect.com/ http://lamberts.net/




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  • Joejoe509

    #1 is my favorite, but none of these quite suit my style.

    #1 – I like how the garages and other structures are somewhat tucked away. This helps keep the mass of the house down to a reasonable level. Your guests’ eyes won’t immediately notice them. The grounds are very nice. I like all the little structures on the property and the well kept grassy areas.

    #2 – I kind of like the chapel. It adds character. I’m confused about that large open space in the back yard. I assume it’s paved. What is the purpose other than to host events? It does look like 2 houses in one, but again I think I like that.

    #3 – I agree with Daniel. Too large and odd layout.

    #4 – I wish we had more info and more pictures

    #5 – Odd layout, but it’s pretty. I don’t like how the pool is so far away. It’s too perfect. But I guess it’s nice looking overall.




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  • guestofaguest

    My uncle worked on House #5, which is owned by Michael Zilkha who headed Biomass Energy. If you look closely, there is a 30-car underground garage where the driveway dips down on the left side. Supposedly, it’s the largest private car collection in the city. That, and the home at 306 E Friar Tuck Ln.

    I know Houston gets a bad rap on this board, but thanks Kenny for the post.




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    • Joejoe509

      30 CAR GARAGE??!! Wow… Now THAT’S cool. I’m not sure I could even come up with 30 cars I’d like to buy. Extra space is always a good thing though!! Ha ha




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  • sam

    Love all these homes. Wow they sure have large lots in Texas which allow for amazing homes with comparable landscaping on a grand scale. Really impressed.




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  • Christopher Williams

    As a Native Houstonian, I have always admired house #1, and the general feel of the home, and the overall landscaping. As someone else pointed out, very meticulously kept without being over the top. There are some beautiful homes in the River Oaks area, as well as the Memorial Villages, and The Woodlands. Excellent post here, always love reading!




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  • Matt

    I love all of these houses, but even though house 3 is really quite amazing, i love the house that they tore down(or however it disappeared) to build it. You can see the former plantation mansion if you go to bing maps and turn it to the east, west, south, or almost all the way zoomed out facing north(the front facade). I would pick that home over any of these any day!

    oh and to joejoe509: the space in the back of house 2 is actually just grass. it looks like a hard scape because it probably was just mowed, and the grass was browned by the Texas sun.




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    • Joejoe509

      Ah… Got ya. Weird. Thanks.




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