River Oaks ivy (Courtesy HAR.)
The property offers an outdoor oasis within the River Oaks ZIP code everyone wants.
An estate: plenty of green space in rarified River Oaks.
It’s no surprise that the most expensive home sold in Houston this year is located in River Oaks.
But the prized property — which was just revealed as the priciest home purchase of 2015 by the Houston Association of Realtors — is no cookie-cutter mansion. Instead, it almost looks like a mini super luxe Wrigley Field (if you can call anything that’s 7,231 square feet in size mini).
This five-bedroom, six-bathroom (including two half baths) mansion sold for between $6.8 million and $7.8 million (Texas is a non-disclosure state, so the Realtors Association cannot reveal the exact final price) and easily beat out the second most expensive home sale of 2015. And you thought the plunging oil prices made everyone conservative and gun-shy?
Then again, mansions like 2406 River Oaks Blvd. do not come on the market every year,
For one thing, this place is covered in Ivy, right up to the chimneys — giving it that distinctive Wrigley Field vibe. Of course, the Chicago Cubs’ iconic home doesn’t have its own private cul-de-sac and fireplace mantels that date back to the 1800s.
This is a rare ultra-private retreat in the heart of Houston’s most coveted ZIP code. It’s tucked in on a little enclave off River Oaks Boulevard between Westheimer and San Felipe. The grounds are extensive, with tons of green and a swimming pool. Photographs of the property evoke a country estate.
Only, it’s in the middle of River Oaks.
The house was built in 1956, and it’s anything but average. In high-end real estate, location may still be king, but distinctive counts for plenty as well. A “mansion” is going to be to be the most expensive house sold in Houston in any given year, and perhaps it’s a good thing that this year it’s a one-of-a-kind place with real history and character.