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House with a history: $3.4 million dollar mansion recalls early development of River Oaks

House with a history: Mansion recalls early development of River Oaks

1 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015
Welcome to 3375 Del Monte Drive. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
2 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 foyer
Enter the home to find the elegant foyer. Hardwood flooring is found throughout the home. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
9 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 family room
A wood-burning fireplace anchors the formal living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
8 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 breakfast room
The solarium is light and bright with many windows. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 living room
The formal dining room also enjoys natural light and views of the grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
5 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 kitchen
A view of the kitchen toward the step-down to the family room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
6 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 kitchen
Another view of the kitchen, with the butler's pantry at left. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
7 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 family room
The family room is extra large. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market Del Monte February 2015
The breakfast room is located just off the family room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
10 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 den
The study or library features beamed ceilings and a corner fireplace. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 master bedroom
The master suite is located on the second floor, as are all bedrooms. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 master bedroom sitting area
The sitting area in the master suite. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 bedroom
A secondary bedroom, one of four total in the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 patio
A covered deck is just steps outside from the family room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market Del Monte February 2015
The landscaped backyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3373 Del Monte February 2015 back yard
A closer look at the pond. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3373 Del Monte February 2015 greenhouse
Follow the path to the greenhouse. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 back yard
A view looking toward the house from the manicured grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
1 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015
2 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 foyer
9 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 family room
8 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 breakfast room
3 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 living room
5 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 kitchen
6 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 kitchen
7 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 family room
On the Market Del Monte February 2015
10 On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 den
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 master bedroom
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 master bedroom sitting area
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 bedroom
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 patio
On the Market Del Monte February 2015
On the Market 3373 Del Monte February 2015 back yard
On the Market 3373 Del Monte February 2015 greenhouse
On the Market 3375 Del Monte Drive February 2015 back yard

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The 79-year-old Hilliard House at 3375 Del Monte Drive still stands as an excellent example of Tudor Revival and is a visual reminder of the initial development of River Oaks. This City of Houston protected landmark is now for sale at $3,395,000.

A bit of background
Contractor J. Leon Osborn built the house in 1935-36 on speculation. The late Harry Hilliard, a prominent Houston businessman and one of the first members of the Houston Country Club, and his wife, the late Susan Hilliard and a founder of the Garden Club of Houston in 1924, purchased the residence in July 1936.

In 1967, the house passed to the current owners, the Hilliards' son and daughter-in-law, and is one of very few homes in River Oaks that remains in the hands of the original family. The facade of the Hilliard House has undergone very little change since its construction.

Walk through
The two-story home sits on a large wooded lot on Del Monte Drive and stands out with its steeply pitched side-gabled roof, chimney with decorative chimney pots and decorated bargeboards over the gabled entryway. Owners walk inside to an elegant foyer flanked by traditional-style formal living room and dining room taking in views of the landscaped grounds through floor-to-ceiling windows. The house includes a window-filled solarium and a handsome library/study complete with corner fireplace.

The kitchen, which features a butler's pantry, opens to the large family room with fireplace. Just steps away is the breakfast room, also welcoming views via a decorative paned floor-to-ceiling window. The manse offers four bedrooms and four full baths, all located on the second floor. The master suite extends into an enclosed sitting area nestled among the tree tops. Two staircases and an elevator take owners from floor to floor.

Step outside
The family room opens to a deck surrounded by the landscaped grounds. A greenhouse is located at the back of the 22,500-square-foot lot. A gated driveway leads to private parking.

Square footage: 5,362

Asking price: $3,395,000

Listing agent: Walter Bering, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty