Montrose's Million Dollar Bet

Houston's own Glass House: Million dollar Montrose condos modeled after dead superstar architect's work

Houston's own Glass House: Million-dollar-plus Montrose condos to rise

3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 residence interior
One for interiors at the boutique condo. Rendering by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 bath
Amenities include freestanding tubs and frameless glass. Rendering by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 looking into building
A rendering showing views of downtown from 3615 Montrose. Rendering by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 lobby
Plans for the grand lobby with 24/7 concierge service. Rendering by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 building exterior
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 residence interior
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 bath
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 looking into building
3615 Montrose rendering February 2015 lobby

Pre-sales for are now underway for 34 units in Houston's own "Glass House": The proposed and approved seven-story 3615 Montrose boutique condominium where prices per apartment run from $1 million to $2.25 million.

Houston-based developer Riverway Properties has opened the sales office for the artistic project designed by the world-renowned firm of Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects. The minimalistic development places emphasis on joining interiors with the environment through expansive glass windows. The project is planned for the former site of The River Cafe and will offer views of downtown.

 3615 Montrose is inspired by the "Glass House" designed by the late noted architect Philip Johnson. 

The midrise 3615 Montrose is inspired by the "Glass House" designed by the late noted architect Philip Johnson and located in New Canaan, Conn., which he used as his personal residence. The home, built in 1949, is now a 49-acre National Trust Historic Site dedicated to serving as a "catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art."

This Houston condo complex will be located within walking distance of the University of St. Thomas, which was one of Johnson’s earliest Houston commissions as a master plan. Surrounded by The Menil Collection, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston and distinctive architectural works such as The Chapel of St. Basil — also designed by Johnson — 3615 Montrose aims to be "a celebration of great architecture in one of Houston’s most vibrant neighborhoods," according to its promotional website.

Ten different condo configurations are available at 3615 Montrose, ranging from 1,993 square feet to 4,149 square feet. Featured amenities include 11-foot ceilings with nine feet of floor-to-ceiling glass, wide-plank hardwood floors, professional-grade appliances and spa baths with freestanding tubs, frameless shower doors and designer plumbing fixtures. All luxury residences extend to the outdoors via private balconies.

Four penthouses with exclusive elevator access are also available, with additional amenities such as 12-foot ceilings with 10 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass, coffered ceilings and dual baths and closets in the master suites.

Common amenities include a 24/7 concierge service and grand lobby entrance, private parking for residents and controlled building access using state-of-the-art security. Groundbreaking for 3615 Montrose's build is scheduled for the spring of 2016.