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River Oaks movie mansion goes on sale for $14.5 million: Buying Hollywood in Houston

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3940 Inverness On the Market entrance February 2014
Beyond the ornate gate lies the house featured in the 1973 movie, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, staring Ryan O'Neal and Jacqueline Bisset. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The impressive front doorway is flanked by equally impressive statues. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The formal living room is designed for entertaining, with a walk-in wet bar and access to the terrace. A comfortable den with rich, wood paneling sits just beyond the arched door to the right. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Owners and guests enjoy dinner and conversation in the formal dining room underneath a domed gold leaf ceiling. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The kitchen with large oak island and storage includes three sinks, double Thermador ovens and warming drawers and a Viking six-burner gas cook top. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness Drive On the Market entryway February 2014
From the entry, with beautiful marble floors, an iron staircase is just one of two stair options to the second floor, in addition to an elevator. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master bedroom, with walls of glass for beautiful views of the property. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master sitting room adds another touch of luxury to the master bedroom retreat. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness On the Market February 2014 her bath
Her bathroom beckons you to bathe surrounded by pink marble floors and counters and underneath a porcelain chandelier. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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His bathroom, with handsome detailing and large corner shower. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Walk through the well-stocked library with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves to enter the office with wet bar and full bath - and more views of the grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Table tennis or pool, anyone? The game room also offers a large fireplace, double bathrooms and steam shower. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Step outside, and the oasis begins with a sparkling swimming pool - one of two on the property. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A look at the two pools from almost the same vantage point as O'Neal's and Bisset's in The Thief Who Came to Dinner. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness On the Market February 2014 lake
Just beyond lies the small private lake with wrap-around sidewalk. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness Drive On the Market February 2014 guest house
The guest house nestles in the woods with easy access to one of the pools. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Taking another stoned path in the backyard leads to the party pavilion and tennis court with stands. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A most impressive site, day or night. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness On the Market February 2014 pavilion
The party pavilion can accommodate 250 guests and includes a large bar and full stage for a band. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The tropical paradise at night, with the pavilion at left and house to the right in the distance. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3940 Inverness On the Market entrance February 2014
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3940 Inverness Drive On the Market entryway February 2014
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3940 Inverness On the Market February 2014 lake
3940 Inverness Drive On the Market February 2014 guest house
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The scene: A young and shirtless Ryan O'Neal and sexy Jacqueline Bisset, wearing only a robe, sit on flagstone steps overlooking a drained swimming pool with a grassy island in the middle. She admits she can't afford the upkeep on the home. They met the night before at a party, when O'Neal admits he is a jewelry thief. Bisset now asks him how it feels to break into people's houses. And they both agree that it is exciting.

It's especially exciting since the set for that conversation from the 1973 comedy The Thief Who Came to Dinner was at a mansion in the River Oaks Tall Timbers subdivision — a fabulous residence now for sale at a movie-scale production price of $14.5 million.

Note: This isn't the only star-studded Houston house for sale right now, by the way, as the Terms of Endearment Waldo estate is also on the market.

Walk through
Down the private drive from a gated entrance at 3940 Inverness Drive, the 2 1/2-story resort-like home sits on 2.8 private acres. A formal entry takes guests to the living room, where floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of the pools (yes, plural) and gardens. Here you'll find a walk-in wet bar and access to the terrace.

Champagne and chandeliers are the order of every day and evening in the formal dining room. An accommodating gourmet kitchen is perfectly designed for cooking and entertaining. A cozy breakfast nook overlooks the expansive back yard, and a warm and inviting library is found on the first floor.

Take either of two stairways or elevator to the game room. The master bedroom, one of the three bedrooms in the house, is a retreat in itself with walls of glass bringing the outdoors inside and an adjoining — and relaxing — sitting area. Her bathroom includes pink marble flooring and counters, while his is detailed with more masculine features. The upstairs library opens to a large office with wet bar and terrace access.

The house has eight full baths and four half-baths, as well as four gas fireplaces and four wood-burning fireplaces.

Step outside
From the back terrace, owners take in the views of the two pools on the property's generous grounds, with a private lake just beyond. Tennis lovers will enjoy the lighted full-sized tennis court with viewing stands, and the hostess will find the expansive party pavilion with bar and stage perfect for that next festive occasion. Friends and family are always welcome to stay in the guest house located adjacent to the main house.

More luxury amenities include a secluded heated spa and a full outdoor kitchen for dining al fresco. The attached three-car garage is discreetly tucked in near the front of the house.

Square footage: 11,737 house on a 2.8-acre lot

Asking price: $14.5 million

Listing agent: Claire Wilkins, John Daugherty, Realtors

Check out the scene from The Thief Who Came to Dinner spotlighting this mansion. It begins at about 3:15 in the clip.

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