This Neo-Classical mansion is located at 2115 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, TX and is situated on over an acre of manicured grounds with 2 gated entrances. It features lavish details including marble floors, venetian plaster walls, and elaborate moldings with gold accents. There are 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half bathrooms, grand marble staircase, formal living and dining rooms, mahogany paneled library, gourmet kitchen, gym with spa, home theater, separate guest apartment and an amazing 12,000 square natatorium with multiple seating areas, full kitchen and a saltwater swimming pool. The price is available upon request.

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  • Last Man Standing

    What a nice hotel. I don’t think there’s enough parking though. The house has no outside space at all. But that might not be a downside in Houston, I don’t know.
    Overall, I like it room by room. Older homes just seem to be made better. Quality materials and craftsmanship always shine through.
    One question, how do they change the lightbulbs on the chandeliers above the pool in the pool house….sorry, natatorium?




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  • Daniel

    I’ll admit, I didn’t know what the hell a natatorium was until I googled it. At first I thought it was a fancy way of saying “12000 sq feet of ugliness”.

    Completely pointless. Fails miserably as a single-family home.




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  • Grrrowler

    I don’t love Houston but River Oaks is a beautiful area. This house is en ambarassment to the neighborhood.




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  • Sam

    People with indoor pools dont leave any room for a garden, it does look pretty good and would be a great place to host parties but there’s no room to breath, I’d expect there to be french doors opening onto a nice spread lawn. It looks a bit too much for a house, small in comparison to the natatorium, these are really for much bigger houses or country estates, not in built up neighborhoods. I’m surprised neighbors wouldn’t have objected to this in the early planning stages…




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  • Chris

    The exterior is a letdown. Its River Oaks people, where is the class and refinement of the original mansions built decades ago? The staircase in the foyer is lovely, but everything else sucks. The 12,000 sq ft natatorium is nice and works well in a mansion near the 30,000 to 40,000+ sq ft size, but not this one. I may be wrong, but it looks as if the natatorium was in fact an addition to the home. In River Oaks, before one builds a new home, the HOA must approve the design. Ain’t a damn way in hell they would have approved the construction had the natatorium been a part of the original plans of the home. It looks slapped onto it. The natatorium itself is of nice design and looks lovely, however it isn’t suited for a mansion if this size. In order for it to work, the house itself needs to be at least double the size of what it currently is. That being said, this home is an epic failure/letdown for River Oaks. I feel bad for the fine people that have to live next door to this monstrosity.




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  • marc22

    I like the “idea” of such an interior amenity especially in a climate like Houston’s but the exterior is just a gigantic decorated wall, resembling the side of a theatre or concert hall and I feel so so sorry for the neighboring house having to face that massive rear masonry wall. The berlin wall comes to mind. How did that addition ever get built?

    Way too overbearing and hulking in a residentail neighborhood. Just horrible from the exterior, but once inside, I am sure the owners never want to leave and they probably can’t since all the neighbors hate them.




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  • Joseph

    I agree with many of the above posters. This house really reminds me of the haunted mansion at Walt Disney World more than anything. Mainly because there is a small fake looking building in front, possibly a house and a huge warehouse connected behind it. The only thing different is, they could have hidden it better.




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    • Jeff P.

      How about underground, like the bat-cave? 🙂




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      • Joseph

        That would be cool but there would be no natural light.

        There is no excuse for having an indoor pool larger than the house itself. A pool this size would work on a mega-mansion though but it looks ugly here.

        The fact is, whoever designed this or accepted it was an idiot. There is a 3,000-4,000 square foot house in my neighborhood with an indoor swimming pool and you wouldn’t even notice it. This house is just ugly and resembles a movie theater. I feel really bad for the neighbors. They must be really happy. After all, everyone loves living next to a monolith




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  • NOVA Ben

    Maybe I’m just feeling unforgiving, but this house is butt-ugly, and the natatorium is completely pointless and stupid. Vomit.




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  • rob

    Something about this place reminds me of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art. I don’t hate it. I like the library. I would like the sanitorium better if they filled it with ancient Roman and Egyptian statures.




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  • Mak

    I love the fact that the price is “available on request”, which means that they don’t want everyone to know just how much money they’re going to lose when they sell it.




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  • Chris

    The natatorium was clearly added on. The website gives 1968 as the year of construction of the home and in that time period, River Oaks wouldn’t have allowed a monster like that to be built.




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  • Houstonresident

    Being a resident of River Oaks and knowing quite a few people on the Blvd. I can tell you that the original owners of this hone the Portacalos had it looking top notch when this home was first built. However once they sold it and the new owners moved in it was bastardized like many of the mansions on the blvd owned by “new money”. Its actually quite beautiful in person however the inside needs some work. You cant see much of it from across the street as Mr. Sarofim has lots of trees in his front yard and diesnt occupy his Blvd home and the people next to him have heavy vegetation in the front as well. I wouldnt call it a monstrausity or an embarassment to the neighborhood as its a classic Blvd home that had amazing owners in the beginning with awesome taste.




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