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Welcome to 10 S. Briar Hollow Lane, No. 26, beginning with the formal living room with reflective ceiling. Note the red Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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The dramatic two-story entrance opens to marble floors. The staircase to the second floor is to the left. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Walk past the library with custom wood shelves, cabinets and inset lighting. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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A view of the formal living room from the library. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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A gas log-burning fireplace in the formal living room is clad in stainless steel and marble for more urban flair. Note the floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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A sitting area also enjoys views of the wooded lot. The spiral staircase leads to a wine cellar downstairs. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Inside the wine cellar. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Homeowners take in the outdoors while dining inside. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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The home is nicknamed "House in the Trees." Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Upstairs, the hallway offers an area for seating. Hardwood floors are laid in a herringbone pattern. Note the steel doors, which are found throughout the second floor as an original security measure. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Highlights of the master bedroom include reflective ceiling and marble fireplace surround. Homeowners exit to a private balcony. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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The private balcony sits high inside a two-story, screened-in back porch overlooking the grounds. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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The master bathroom, with custom marble floors and custom vanity. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Another look at the master bath, showing the large soaking tub and bidet. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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The wooden floors in a herringbone pattern continue into a second bedroom, now used as a media room. Note the Eames lounge chair and ottoman in the back center. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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A third bedroom, with side light to the grand entry. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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An outside view of the screened-in porch. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Lovely back yard with lush landscaping. Photo by © Stephen Gutierrez
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Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond are loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap snoops through some of the best and gives you the lowdown on what's hot on the market.

A Houston garden home with contemporary flair, cool reflective ceilings and walls — plus secret agent-style security features — is on sale for $975,000.

Walk through

Located in the quiet, 24-hour manned and gated community of Raintree Place, the unassuming residence at 10 S. Briar Hollow Lane, No. 26, sits back on its 7,100-square-foot lot surrounded by mature trees. The structure is nicknamed "House in the Trees" as floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of the ground's lush landscaping in its inner-Loop setting.

 The original owner of the house, an unnamed CEO of a major oil and gas company, had the upper left quadrant of the structure designed as a safe room. 

The dramatic two-story entrance opens to marble floors and a spacious open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Mod metallic wall coverings on the 9-foot-tall ceilings create the illusion of endless space. A gas log-burning fireplace in the formal living room is clad in stainless steel and marble for more urban flair. Glass walls and doors on the back of the residence bring the outside in.

A sitting area, located off the living room, also enjoys outdoor views. From here, a spiral staircase leads downstairs to a large wine cellar. The vistas continue to the adjacent formal dining room. A wet bar with black granite counter is convenient to all rooms, including the library with custom wood shelves, cabinets and inset lighting.

The kitchen follows a red, black and white color scheme with stainless steel Viking appliances casting a shiny finish. In addition to extensive Corian countertops, the kitchen also features a breakfast nook and desk with stainless steel shelving.

All three bedrooms are upstairs, where steel doors and extra-thick walls provide maximum security. In fact, the original owner of the house, an unnamed CEO of a major oil and gas company, had the upper left quadrant of the structure designed as a safe room — complete with peep hole to see out. Near the entrance at the front of the house, a guard once sat behind a double-glass window to monitor comings and goings.

The master suite highlights include a white marble fireplace and more reflective ceilings. The master bathroom comes with marble floors and walls, a custom built-in vanity, large soaking tub and bidet. In total, the residence has three full and three half-baths.

Step outside
From the master suite, owners exit to a marble-floored balcony inside a two-story, screened-in back porch overlooking the grounds. The porch is also accessible from the living room. The two-car garage is attached, with extra parking available.

Square footage: 3,960

Asking price: $975,000

Listing agent: David Houston, New Leaf Real Estate

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