The prominent yet graceful dwelling on heavily traveled Inwood was sold for $5.5 million. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The black and white marble entry creates a powerful welcome to guests in the John Staub house. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The formal living room features a grand marble fireplace, herringbone hardwood flooring, original triple hung windows, high ceilings and views of gardens. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The luxurious walnut-paneled library at 3015 Inwood in River Oaks, designed by John Staub. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The octagonal dining room was on eof John Staub's iconic design elements. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
Kitchen features original cabinetry with updated hardware, slate flooring, concrete countertops, complementary glass mosaic tile backsplash (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The mid-century addition to the John Staub house provided an updated appeal. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
Pool house (700+ square feet) includes a wetbar, full bathroom with sauna and storage room. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
One of several bedrooms in the spacious home in River Oaks. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
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The fourth bedroom could fulfill other needs of the homeowners. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The second-floor terrace overlooks the verdant garden. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
Master Bedroom features marble fireplace, hardwood flooring, elevator and leads to Master Closet with Dressing Room. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The master bathroom in the four bedroom house. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The sunroom is filled with light and offers expansive views of the garden. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
A broader view of the sunroom. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The John Staub house was built in 1937 and expanded with a Staub addition in the 1950s. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The swimming pool is one of the many luxuries of the circa 1937 home. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
The house at 3015 Inwood was built in 1937 for clients of eminent architect John Staub. (Photo by Vlady Ambia)
In this time of COVID-19, many businesses are sadly failing, but residential real estate, although slowing down, is still moving. Case in point is this John Staub beauty in River Oaks that just closed for a generous $5.5 million.
At that price, tearing it down to make way for a McMansion would be a fool’s errand. Interestingly, the house was previously on the market for $6.1 million. But when the price was dropped to $5.5 million, it sold within days.
The beautiful New Orleans-influenced dwelling was built in 1937 when Houston’s premier architect was designing his signature graceful mansions for leading citizenry, not the least of whom was Ima Hogg, whose Bayou Bend became a house museum of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. One can see similarities between the two homes.
The house at 3015 Inwood is one of Staub’s most graceful at 6,256 square feet with four/five bedrooms, four full and two half baths. A 1957 addition, also designed by Staub, contributed to the modern-day appeal.
The dwelling is replete with handsome architectural detailing including four marble fireplaces, a Jacobean walnut-paneled library, a bright sunroom, an octagonal dinning room, and full quarters over the garage.
The one-acre lot shrouded in oaks and laced with azaleas includes a large swimming pool and pool house that echoes the architecture of the main dwelling.
In short, the house represents a gracious style of living that was celebrated in the 1930s through the ’60s, after which Staub and his cohorts in Houston’s grand residential architecture — William Ward Watkin and Birdsall Briscoe — passed on.
In recent decades, a number the grand old mansions designed by this trio have been, with little or no consideration to the past, torn down to make way for contemporary dwellings.
When this sale was completed, the home was listed with Nan & Company Properties, Christie’s International Real Estate.
Click through the photo gallery below for a look inside this Staub stunner: