THE LUXE LIFE
Memorial Property Shines With Touches of Elegance, Splendor
Story by Sam Byrd | Photos by Tad Krampitz, TK Images
With just one look at at the opulent estate home at 324 Buckingham in the tony Memorial area, it’s easy to understand why it’s one of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty’s most expensive listings, currently on the market for $13.7 million. Its location, pristine design and no-stone-left-unturned attention to detail are stunning in their grandeur.
The real estate firm’s elevator pitch sums up the residence perfectly. “Situated on a prime, two-plus acre wooded lot at the end of a cul de sac … this Neoclassical residence’s Palladian proportions, soaring ceilings, and sweeping, light-filled interior vistas offer architectural grandeur and magnificent design.”
A GRAND ENTRANCE
Just off Memorial and hidden within the mature trees of this west Houston enclave — just a hop, skip and a jump from Memorial Park and The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa — lies this magnificent 15,038 square foot home on a cul de sac designed by James Lass with Criteria Design and built in 1992.
Two controlled-access gates open the way to the property, leading visitors up a circular drive enhanced with landscaping designed by McDugald Steele and kept pristine by Thompson + Hanson.
Upon entering the custom etched glass and mahogany entrance doors, guests experience a magnificent foyer and barrel-vaulted gallery that connects the home’s two wings and opens into the grand salon-inspired living room. The free-standing circular staircase is unmistakable, forged from steel and spiraling northward against a panel of windows.
ENTERTAIN WITH STYLE
At the base of the stairwell is the grand dining room, bedecked in de Gournay hand-painted avian wallpaper. Ripped-oak cabinetry abound with extra accouterments like built-in bookcases, a carved, Tudor-arch fireplace with custom marble bench, and French doors leading to a front terrace.
The kitchen, though, might be the coup de gras. It features six Gaggenau cooking units, with three on each side allowing for two cooks to work in concert, as well as a Teppanyaki grill and a large gas wok. More culinary pleasures include a pair of Gaggenau wall ovens and warming drawers, cabinet-front Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezer, a Viking microwave and a Bosch dishwasher. A peek behind the kitchen and breakfast room reveals a service room, butler’s pantry and laundry room. The butler’s pantry and catering station are enhanced with a walk-in food pantry, a silver closet lined in Pacific cloth, and a wealth of working and storage space.
The home boasts three levels with five bedrooms, eight full baths, three half baths, and a private two bedroom guest apartment. The lower level includes a wine vault, tasting room, and intimate dining room with slate floors and a climate-controlled wine vault with room for 1,000 bottles.
A gym/playroom has a hardwood floor and sauna and provides the perfect environment for exercise and relaxation. For hospitality, look no further than the Blue Pearl granite-clad full bar, while the first-floor guest suite is punctuated by a bathroom wrapped in chinoiserie wallpaper and apricot-hued marble.
The second floor offers an escape from the hustle of daily life with oak floors laid in a herringbone pattern with marble, brass and mahogany inlay. It’s complemented by a serene bedroom and sitting area, lavish bathrooms with Verde marble floors and a Kallista spa tub, plus a coffee/wine bar with refrigerators and access to front and rear balconies. Comfort springs forward with custom-fitted walk-in closets with a vanity table, wardrobes, built-ins, shoe racks and other accessories that provide the perfect touch of luxury.
The elegance continues with a study or home office, family room, six fireplaces, an upper level game room, and a four car garage.
Lush landscaping and more than 9,800 square feet of covered patios and terraces give the back yard oasis a resort feel. The raised terrace spans the back of the house and includes a full summer kitchen with two barbecue grills, a fire pit, multiple seating and dining areas, a 75-foot T-shaped heated pool, a raised spa, and a cabana with full bathroom and shower.
For inquiries, contact Walter Bering with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.
811 East Crosstimbers
17555 Groeschke Rd
Thompson + Hanson
1301 North First Street, Bellaire
Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty