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Master suites up and down, along with a huge multi-tiered game room and backyard retreat with pool, make a Mediterranean beauty in Bellaire a hot commodity.
The mansion's current asking price? $1,998,500.
Located on a large corner lot, one enters the manse at 4501 Magnolia St. through double custom wrought iron doors to a dramatic circular staircase, also with custom wrought iron detailing. The formal living area is to the right and a paneled study with adjacent full bath is just beyond.
To the left lies the formal dining room, with the butler's pantry easy at hand between the room and kitchen. Sit around the circular kitchen bar or step into the chef's hub where you'll find professional-grade stainless steel appliances. The den is spacious and open to the kitchen. From here, take in views of the landscaped backyard with swimming pool and waterfall.
The downstairs master suite rests just off the kitchen and features an exit via French doors to a private courtyard. The master bath is a granite lover's dream and includes a large soaking tub, dual vanities and glass-framed corner shower. Two large master closets afford walk-in access.
Upstairs, the game room with wet bar and refrigerator is big enough for a media section and a pool table. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs, along with the second master suite with covered balcony overlooking the backyard. In total, the house has five full and one-half baths.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area sit near the swimming pool with waterfall feature. A gated parking lot on the east side of the house can park two cars outside and two cars inside. A circular drive with cantera stone fountain welcomes in front.
Square footage: 5,870
Asking price: $1,998,500