Trump's House of Gain

Donald Trump passes the hat at mega mansion, dubbed the most expensive house in River Oaks

Donald Trump passes hat at mega mansion, priciest house in River Oaks

Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, front exterior
When Tony Buzbee bought the River Oaks Boulevard house in 2013, it was priced at $14 million. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, entry
Donald Trump will be greeted by his hosts in the grand foyer, paneled in rich mahogany. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, study
The lavishly paneled study of the house as it was before Buzbee purchased it. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, living room
The Buzbee home living room is one of may seating areas. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, sunroom
If things get too crowded, there is always the sun room as seen here before Buzbee's purchase.
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, back yard
The 12,000 square foot house sits on a generous acre lot in the heart of River Oaks. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, swimming pool
The pool area will probably be too hot for the fancy folks attending this fundraiser.
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, kitchen1
The catering staff will have this luxe old world kitchen at their fingertips.
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, dining room
Under the previous owners the main dining room featured old world elegance. Photo courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, front exterior
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, entry
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, study
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, living room
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, sunroom
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, back yard
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, swimming pool
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, kitchen1
Houston, most expensive homes, 1722 River Oaks Blvd., January 2013, dining room

As one might expect of Donald Trump, only a resplendent private home — at one time the costliest house in River Oaks —would do for his private Houston fundraising jaunt. After all, when you're shaking the trees for big bucks, you require the proper setting.

Flamboyant Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee opens the doors to his mega mansion late Friday afternoon for the highly-secured fundraiser (don't even think about driving down River Oaks Boulevard during rush hour). Guests are expected to pay from $5,000 to $250,000 to set their feet in the door of the dwelling designed by architect Tom Wilson.

CultureMap had an early look at the sophisticated 12,000 square foot mansion shortly before Buzbee bought it — asking price $14 million, making it the highest priced home sale in Houston. Few would not be impressed with grandly-appointed house that sits on a spacious one-acre lot.

Six bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, game room, den, living room, library, media room and a four-car garage consume the vast space. Of course, neither Trump nor the guests will have time to tour the house. And that's a shame because the underground wine cellar is alone worth a look-see.

Trump's time at the Buzbee home will be short as he has a public rally scheduled in The Woodlands at 7 p.m., only two hours after the start of the River Oaks fundraiser. We assume he will chopper it to The Woodlands. God knows, the highway trek north on a Friday afternoon can be nothing more than a crawl.

Trump's swing through the Texas will include stops in Dallas on Thursday and a landing in San Antonio on Friday.