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  • Daniel

    The front entry belongs on a different home. Interior has too much gold. Best part is the rear of the home (photo 14).

  • Sam

    Not the worst McMansion I’ve seen, but the faux-French looks pretty bad, way to much gold.

  • Eric

    AH!

    It has been a while since we had a house with GGGE syndrome! ))That would be ‘Ghastly Gilded Gold Syndrome for new comers!))

    Have to say this house feels incredibly formulaic. It is as if someone went through a checklist of all the things they THOUGHT a Mega mansion like this should have…

    Gym? Play room for the Kiddies? Dark wood paneled Library? Plush Movie Theater complete with Popcorn maker?

    All check and ALL incredibly generic! None of those rooms have any real personality and could go in almost any other Mega-McMansion.

    As for the rest of the house, well what more can be said beyond Ghastly Gilded Gold?

  • Grrrowler

    Ignoring the fact that it’s too big for the immediate neighborhood, and way too big for its lot, the exterior held promise. Unfortunately there’s no hope for the interior; it’s simply awful. There are too many things wrong with this to try to list even half of them.

  • Bill_in_NY

    Yes, it definitely sticks out like a sore thumb! But look at all the money you won’t have to spend on a lawn-mowing service!

  • Teddi

    I saw the words “Ornate”, “French” and “Texas” then braced myself. I’m almost disappointed. There’s definitely gilding, but not nearly in the quantity I was expecting. Kenny should never put Texas and ornate together in a heading unless it looks like a goldrush in there.

    Besides, I couldn’t very well stay focused on all that ornateness, distracted as I was by the very prominently displayed vents all over the ceilings. Though I did stay focused enough to have a WTF! moment upon seeing the rotunda/foyer/mausoleum thing they have going on in the front.

    Highly disappointed in the rec room. It gives the very distinct impression that the homeowner ran out of money.

    Building that size home on a lot smaller than an acre is ridiculous unless you’re on the water. Just look at the way the garage is squooshed up in the corner. Sacrilege.

    The neighborhood is all very nice middle class homes. Why build this type of home there? Freud would have a field day.

    • Grrrowler

      I think you and I have different ideas of what “middle class” is! This part of Houston is very nice (for Houston at least), and is right next door to River Oaks, which is a beautiful area by any standard. There are some lovely older houses in the neighborhood, and it’s not uncommon for them to sell for $2,000,000 and above.

      That said, I get your Freud point, and have to agree with it. This house does not belong in this neighborhood. At least the owner can go home at night safe in the knowledge that he has the biggest one on the block.

      • Teddi

        I didn’t look at the home prices, I went by the street view. I saw nothing on that block but nice, well kept, middle class homes. Saw nothing that was mansion sized. Large homes, yes. Mansions no.

        I am perhaps a product of living in S. FL for too long. But when land and home prices are so much everywhere, it’s really not that uncommon to have a middle class family in a million dollar home. I’ll admit they may probably qualify as upper middle class, but definitely not in the 1% range. I lived in Plantation Acres for a while. Nice middle class area. Doubt you could find anything but land for under $500k. But it’s still middle class. In my opinion. Lots of large mock-Med homes. Very few mansions.

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