Real Estate / Mansions

Mystery Swirling Around River Oaks’ New French Chateau Mansion is Solved

This Mammoth House Brings One Interesting Story — Take a Peek Inside and See

photography Savannah Montgomery

Anyone who frequents Kirby Drive through River Oaks or uses Inwood to access a table at Brasserie 19 or other sexy diversion in River Oaks Shopping Center has surely seen the mammoth French chateau going up on the southeast corner of those two bustling pathways. Whose is it, we wondered?

We passed the construction site, which evolved into something reminiscent of a chateau in the French countryside, on our daily trek to the office. So interesting in its execution, surely this was a custom home built for a decisive owner. Not so.

It’s an 8,116 square foot spec house that can be yours for a cool $8.2 million, that’s a sweet $1,010.35 per square foot. Kudos to Jennifer Hamelet of Mirador Builders for constructing the dwelling that, as is her talent, happily defies the “builder McMansion” moniker.

The rough limestone facade and the rustic shutters recall a masterful dwelling plucked from the hills of Provence. We wouldn’t be surprised if the backyard was actually a field of lavender. But, in fact, the property at 2535 Inwood is fully landscaped with mature plantings.

Beamed wood ceilings, antique marble mantles (six fireplaces), a curated lighting collection of fine French and Italian crystal sconces and chandeliers add to the ambience.

Beneath the tile roof imported from Spain, the two-story home includes six bedrooms, six full and three half baths, living room, family room, game room, sun room, study and a kitchen that embraces a country French mood with marble counters, artisan-made farm table island and a custom copper vent hood while being outfitted with top-tier appliances.

Jay Monroe of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

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