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Houston or Provence? $8.5 million Country French chateau in River Oaks exudes European charm

Country French chateau on River Oaks corner lot exudes European charm

News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
Built in 1937, the house was designed in the Country French style and an acre lot in River Oaks. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
An aerial view of the house on a one-acre corner lot in River Oaks. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The large entry hall features walls hand-painted by Jay Iarussi and the original iron stair railing. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The formal living room boasts high ceiling and wood-burning fireplace. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The vast, quiet lawn belies the home's location in the heart of Houston. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
A cozy corner in the 8,115 square foot dwelling. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The dining room is spacious and airy. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The updated kitchen retains the old world feel of the house. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The charming sun room, off of the kitchen, beckons for a morning of relaxed reading. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The vast family room features limestone flooring, high ceilings and hand-painted plaster walls. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
This sunny corner bedroom features windows on three sides. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The comfortable setting of the family room offers views into gardens on both sides of the house. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
Another cozy corner looking into the formal living room. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
One of four bedrooms, all located on the second floor. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
A bedroom on the second floor. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The spacious master bedroom faces east and north offering garden views. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The gardens are rich and varied across the full acre. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The back view of the historic home. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
The swimming pool in a grass setting at the back of the lot. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
A walled garden offers privacy beyond the main yard. Courtesy of Greenwood King Properties
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 3311 Del Monte, May 2015

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3311 Del Monte

"Is this really Houston?" queried one bemused real estate agent as she toured this magnificent Country French chateau. Indeed, the landscaped grounds on the acre lot in River Oaks give the feel of Provence while the dwelling, built in 1937, enjoys a decidedly European aesthetic. One would never know this was the heart of Houston on a corner lot on River Oaks Boulevard.

On the first day it went on the market, showings were already stacking up. 

Walk through: From the moment a visitor starts up the rough hewn stone sidewalk, the otherworldly sensation begins. Every aspect of the house, indoors and out, rings with a certain "Bienvenu, mes amis." On the first day it went on the market, showings were already stacking up. 

The entry hall with hardwood floors and hand-painted plaster walls features a curving staircase with it original ornate iron railing and an elaborate chandelier. It's the architectural welcome mat for the house that offers numerous entertaining areas on the first floor.

The formal living room with wood-burning fireplace and wide-plank hardwood floors leads to a later addition family room with limestone floors and hand-painted plaster walls, treatments that belie the feel of an expansion. High ceilings and large mullioned windows offer plenty of light and a feeling of airiness throughout the house. Even the cozy sun room and tiny reading room enjoy a lightness thanks to the abundance of windows.

The updated kitchen opens to the dining room which has a broad view of the backyard.

Four sunny bedrooms occupy the second floor. The master is large and features a substantial walk-in closet. While a large space has been plumbed for an updated master bath, that work has yet to be done and will be the task for new owners. (The house has four and a half baths.) One more flight of stairs up and you find the large game room, perfect for a kids playroom or overflow storage.

Also on the grounds is a detached garage with quarters above and a beautiful old world style swimming pool surrounded by grass. The landscaping is a beautiful mix of carefully designed and open lawns that add to the European feel.

Square footage: 8,115.

Asking price: $8.5 million.

Listing agent: Cathy Blum with Greenwood King.