If you build it, it’d better have some over-the-top perks — something that makes a potential buyer go, “Wow.” That’s the new mantra in the Houston high-rise building boom. The deadlocks and drama in the oil industry have not slowed high-rise building as much as they’ve refocused it — and made it even more exclusive.
To sell a building in the Bayou City in 2017, it needs to have special features — the more the better. It’s becoming a virtual luxury arms race with plush new high-rises competing to one up each other in amenities.
PERKS ‘R US: Houston High-Rises With Over-the-Top Benefits
Belfiore. With its 24/7 manned guard booth and small army of superbly trained valets (no tips accepted), this may be the most secure high-rise in Houston. Once you’re cleared to proceed past the gate, a lobby designed by the nephew of Queen Elizabeth (interior designer and furniture maker David Linley) beckons.
The Galleria High-Rise. The new 30-story hotel and condominium combo tower that will rise up next to the new Saks Fifth Avenue promises a new restaurant that attracts serious foodies. The land of mall dining continues to grow up.
Grey House at River Oaks District. Yearn to be treated like a recognized VIP at the hottest restaurants in town? This two-building mid-rise is putting together a VIP program that will allow its residents to flash a card that entitles them to special privileges throughout River Oaks District.
And you thought a black card was special …
Market Square Tower. This 40-story tower (often confused with its neighbor, Aris Market Square) sets itself apart with perks such as a glass-bottom pool that extends out past the building and dangles over the street. Swim if you dare?
Two full floors have been set aside for amenities, including a children’s room that channels a Disney escape.
The River Oaks. One of the most-anticipated high-rises of all goes the extra mile, from the twin $10 million penthouses that rival New York’s lavish sky palaces to the garden townhomes that put lush landscaping and multiple-floor homes into high-rise living.
River Oaks high-rise residents with garden townhomes have a sliding glass wall that opens their second-floor living room to a rooftop garden. No long apartment corridors for you!
“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Richard Leibovitch, the New York developer behind the project.
The Wilshire. River Oaks District and its luxury shops and restaurants are but a stroll away. But when the weather outside is too frightful, a massive backup generator ensures you’ll never lose any of the building’s luxuries, Wi-Fi included.
Sometimes, the simple things are all a CEO needs.
500 Crawford. Close enough to Minute Maid Park to hear the Astros crowd roar, Marvy Finger’s seven-story mid-rise yearns for a more discerning audience’s approval. Astros owner Jim Crane is opening up a new fine-dining spot that aims to be the best Italian restaurant in Houston, on the building’s ground floor.
Super Bowl power diners await.
2929 Weslayan. One of Scottsdale’s trendiest restaurants is bringing its sleek sushi and steaks to this 40-story tower. Roka Akor takes over a more-than-6,500-square-foot space — and figures to still have trouble fitting in the crowds. Dining out at home will never be cooler.