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This $17.9 Million River Oaks Mansion Channels the French Riviera — Get a Rare Look Inside the Most Private of Retreats

A Houston Estate Fit For the Most Discerning Jetsetter

BY // 06.29.22
photography Turnkey Visuals LLC

It’s as if this ornate mansion had been plucked from an enclave in the South of France and then deposited amid a vast almost two acre lot in the heart of River Oaks’ Tall Timbers neighborhood. The property at 3920 Inverness is for sale with an asking price of $17,995,000.

But you won’t find this beauty listed on any realtor website as the owners have settled on a private sale and placed it in the hands of Nancy Almodovar, CEO of Nan & Company Properties Christie’s International Real Estate.

The exceptional lot size easily handles the 11,248 square foot dwelling of French Provincial design, allowing for a backyard pool and garden setting that  could easily serve as backdrop for one of Slim Aarons’ iconic pool photos. We are imagining the French Riviera here.

Nan Properties – 3920 Inverness – 18 (Photo by Turnkey Visuals LLC)
One of several rooms for entertaining at 3920 Inverness (Photo by Turnkey Visuals LLC)

This home is unlike any other property I have had the pleasure of listing,” Almodovar says in a statement. “One of my favorite features of this rare estate is the lushly wooded grounds dotted with the most beautiful Southern live oaks.

“The exclusivity of the location makes it an ideal address for those seeking the pinnacle of privacy.”

Set back from the street with gated entry, the mansion is approached by a long circular drive that is centered with mature trees which provide further privacy.

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And here the fantasy beings. One can imagine a flock of Bentleys, Ferraris and the like disgorging a contingent of private jet setters dressed to the nines for a lavish French-accented evening.

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The French Provincial mansion at 3920 Inverness in River Oaks is listed at $17,995,000 with Nancy Almodovar, CEO of Nan & Company Properties Christie’s International Real Estate (Photo by Turnkey Visuals LLC)

Guests would enter the home through the dramatic two-story foyer with its domed ceiling and move along through arched French doors to the back terrace where cocktails would be served around the pool and in the covered pavilion. The weather for this fantasy is perfect, allowing for dinner to be served at a lengthy table adjacent to the pool with water features providing additional glamour to the evening. Dinner would be prepared in the caterer’s kitchen. Staff, some of whom live in the quarters, would be on hand to answer every need.

Up to a dozen of the guests could also spend the night, finding luxe accommodations in one of the six ensuite bedrooms while the owners would tuck in for the evening in their lavish primary suite on the ground floor. Of course, if the new owner has children the number of overnight guests would be limited as several of the bedrooms would be taken.

This fantasy or something different, Almodovar exclusively has the property with that private sale list price of $17,995,000.

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