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Super Lawyer Tony Buzbee’s River Oaks Mansion Hits the Market With a High-Wattage $27.5 Million Asking Price

This Spectacular House's Unusual History Includes Donald Trump, a World War II Tank and a Robbery

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photography Courtesy of Josh Gremillion for Douglas Elliman

This is the story of a grand house with a colorful history — the site of a  love story, a notorious robbery and a high-profile fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. It’s the home of high-wattage Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee and his bride Frances Moody Buzbee.

Stretching across an acre-sized lot at 1722 River Oaks Boulevard, the 12,250 square foot red brick mansion of Tudor design is listed with Douglas Elliman Real Estate agent Beth Cassidy for a sweet $27,500,000 ($2,252 per square foot). Bitcoin accepted. We wish the Buzbees luck as the most expensive home sale in Houston in 2021 was listed at a mere $10,950,000.

The Buzbee house’s eight figure price tag places it among the most expensive home listings in the city, second only to the home of the late skyline changer Gerald Hines on Lazy Lane in River Oaks and 120 Carnarvon in Memorial, which are both listed at $29,500,000.

There is no denying this is a beauty of a home detailed with rich mahogany millwork, Segreto plaster walls and LED lighting throughout. In addition to the five bedrooms, each with its own bath, there are three half baths, five wood burning fireplaces, a gym, movie theater, game room, new study, library, guest suite with its own entry and a spacious underground wine cellar.

A vast swimming pool with a spa flanks the back of the house that overlooks the grounds that feature a pond and a herb garden.

Rich mahogany millwork accentuates the Frances and Tony Buzbee home at 1722 River Oaks Boulevard. (Photo by Courtesy of Josh Gremillion for Douglas Elliman)
Rich mahogany millwork accentuates the Frances and Tony Buzbee home at 1722 River Oaks Boulevard. (Photo by Courtesy of Josh Gremillion for Douglas Elliman)

Why would anyone with the means, and the Buzbees surely have them, want to leave such a special dwelling? Likely because the new Mrs. Buzbee would prefer a house of her own to start life with Mr. Buzbee, rather than live in the house that the trial lawyer bought with the previous Mrs. Buzbee.

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Once this mansion sells, we will eagerly await the new domicile of the lovebirds, whose romance has been well covered in PaperCity and on Instagram.

Tony Buzbee House History

In June of 2016, Buzbee hosted a fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee at the River Oaks Boulevard home, large enough to handle the 400 supporters that were expected to pony up as much as $250,000 per couple for a photo opp with Donald Trump.

Well before he met the classy Galveston native Frances Moody, Buzbee earned headlines and disses in 2017 for parking his $600,000 fully functional World War II tank in front of his house. The neighbors disapproved and the former Marine ultimately donated the fearsome vessel to Texas A&M University, his beloved alma mater.

Buzbee was in the headlines again in 2019 when burglars broke into his house in the wee morning hours following a Super Bowl party and absconded with $21 million in paintings, computers, guns and jewelry. The thieves were caught thanks to the $50,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest.

For a closer look at at 1722 River Oaks Boulevard, click thru the photo gallery below:

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