River Oaks Palace Mansion Brings Visions of Old School Grandeur and a $15.9 Million Price Tag: Magnificent Parisian Estate Makes Quite the ImpressionBY Shelby Hodge // 03.25.18
The Regency style home on River Oaks Boulevard is a stone's throw from the River Oaks Country Club.
Throughout the 14,000 square foot home the design and detailing are truly palatial.
Las Cala marble flooring welcomes guests on arrival.
What would a palatial home be without a grand staircase such as this?
The marble is exquisite throughout the home.
Even the hallways are rich with detail.
The formal living room
The formal dining room
Described as the family room, all is formality.
The Tiffany-style glass domed ceiling is focal point of the more casual den.
The bar is another ornate fixture.
A climate-controlled wine cellar for your collection.
Even the kitchen is elaborately paneled in rich mahogany.
The informal dining or breakfast room opens to the kitchen.
The indoor decorative pool reminds of the pool rooms in some of Paris' leading hotels.
The indoor pool room is ideal for large-scale entertaining.
A master bedroom fit for royalty
The master bath is indeed masterful, featuring a heart-shaped Jacuzzi tub.
The beautiful paneling and marble is continued in the master bath.
The master closet is an organizer's dream.
A masterful shower and tub with intricate tile work.
One of five bedrooms.
A guest room bath.
A guest bedroom
The opulence takes a break in this playful room for children.
1708 River Oaks Boulevard is beautiful night and day.
Breathtaking! How else could one describe the magnificence that lies behind the soaring limestone facade of this dwelling at 1708 River Oaks Boulevard? Could this really be Houston, one might ask when stepping into the lofty foyer of the Regency style home that luxuriously spreads across more than an acre which lies within a block of the vaunted River Oaks Country Club.
When Peruvian beauty Cristina Kallop and her husband, Bill Kallop, owner of Pisco Porton and retired oil mogul, acquired the house in 2007, they transformed what was then an expansive bachelor pad into a place of immense grandeur. Cristina tells PaperCity she redid the house in the image of her grandmother’s home in Lima, which was affectionately referred to as the Versailles of South America.
“I wanted to resurrect her style, which is mine too and live life to the fullest . And use every inch of it.”
Luxuries include such features as Las Cala marble flooring and inlaid hardwood floors, rich mahogany paneling throughout including multi-layered hand-carved moldings as well as a wealth of crystal chandeliers and wall sconces. The house “shows the importance of making your own happiness and the importance of being grateful for what you have.”
Cristina says that through the years they have entertained in every room of the 14,000 square foot home, which not only boasts an uber formal living room but also a formal “family room” and a luxurious, beautifully paneled den that features a Tiffany style glass domed ceiling. And then there is the indoor swimming pool in a grandly appointed space at the center of the house.
Truly, something from the movies. Or perhaps reminiscent of the spas in Paris’ finest hotels.
In all, the mansion boasts five to six bedrooms, depending on the buyer’s needs; six full and two half baths; a five-car garage; two wood-burning fireplaces and a master suite of impressive grandeur. The bathrooms here alone are magnificent with mahogany paneling, rich marbles and hand-laid tile work.
For those requiring techie assurance, the house features Creston automated control of Lutron-based lighting systems, a multi-zone audio system including three Sirius Satellite tuners, all automated window shades, exterior gates, irrigation system, mosquito system, security system and multiple zones of HVAC.
The Houston palace is priced at $15.9 million.
Walter Bering with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.