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While this Mediterranean-style mansion hides tucked away in the secluded subdivision of Le Ville Di Museo, its doors are now open to prospective buyers. Let's take a peek inside this new on-the-market residence with a most fashionable address: The Houston Museum District.
Built in 2005 by Southampton Homes, the front gated courtyard at 1210 Berthea St. leads guests to an impressive three-story entry rotunda with spiraling wrought-iron staircase. A light-filled den is to the right of the entrance, with the grand living room just ahead: Arched windows framing the outdoors, a wood-burning fireplace warming the airy space and an open bar ready for parties or self service.
The dining room flows easily to the living room and to the kitchen, which features a gourmet island and chef-quality appliances. A breakfast room just steps from the kitchen nestles in a nook behind the staircase.
The second floor opens to a comfortable landing with sitting area, and beyond lies the master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, separate closets and luxurious master bath. Two more bedrooms are located on the second floor, while a fourth shares the third floor with a large game room.
In total, the house has four full bathrooms and a half-bath. An elevator shaft is also in place, making the house elevator capable.
From the living, a loggia with outdoor fireplace and decorative tiles overlooks a private garden. The two-car garage is in front to the left of the entrance. The property sits near the end of a dead-end street.
Square footage: 5,085
Asking price: $1,699,000