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A knight in shining armor keeps guard at the entrance of a palatial River Oaks loft-style penthouse that's now on sale for $1.5 million.
Located on the top floor of Renoir Lofts at 1005 S. Shepherd Drive, corner unit 814 is one of the largest residences in the 19th century Europe-inspired building and affords panoramic views of Houston. Highlights include floor-to-ceiling windows in the two-story great room and an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Marble flooring extends throughout the first floor.
It is one of the largest residences in the 19th century Europe-inspired building and affords panoramic views of Houston.
Two enormous chandeliers hanging from the 20-foot-tall ceilings are included in the purchase, as are the custom remote sunshade blinds. Artwork by abstract expressionist Nicole Gavin, installed for a recent open house, is also available for sale.
At one end of the great room is the dining area, with the living room/den in the middle and kitchen at the far end. The cooking hub is spacious and features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances. A kitchen island with bar stools offers more seating. A second bedroom with full bath is located on the first floor.
Upstairs homeowners will find a large loft study/office. The master bedroom boasts painted wood floors and lots of natural light through arched windows. The master bath is complete with dual vessel sinks, plenty of cabinet space, large tub and oversized corner shower.
Unit 814 comes with two premium parking spaces right at the garage entrance and two storage units. Maintenance fees, not based on square footage per unit, are $650 monthly. River Oaks Shopping Center is nearby, as is downtown Houston.
Square footage: 3,468
Asking price: $1,499,000