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The Houston area's most expensive home: Over-the-top extravagance at $16.8 million estate

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On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
An aerial view of 88 Grand Regency Circle located in the prestigious Carlton Woods private golf community in The Woodlands. Photo courtesy of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Welcome to 88 Grand Regency Circle. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The grand entry to the mansion with rooms located beyond the columns. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The living area opens via French doors to the swimming pool and patios. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The formal living room includes a tray ceiling and enormous fireplace. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Large windows in the formal dining room afford views of the front fountain. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
A decorative tile ceiling frames the gourmet kitchen, which also extends to a separate fully equipped catering kitchen. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The family room and breakfast nook are located just off the kitchen. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
A Tuscan-style sunken wine room offers special seating for tastings. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The library with wood floors and ceiling sits on the first level. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The grand master suite is more than 3,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The sitting room with fireplace for the grand master suite. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Highlights of the royal master bath include separate showers, vanities and dressing areas. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Gallery hallways lead homeowners throughout the mansion. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
One of the eight themed suites, with this one called the "Scarlett."  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Another themed bedroom: "Frankie Avalon." Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The soda fountain bar is complete with juke box and plenty of room for dancing. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The third-floor gentlemen's room with ceiling replicated from a luxury yacht. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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It's a night under the stars in the home theater.  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Practically every room has its own private balcony. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
A view of the pool and pool house from the mansion. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
The pool house is fully furnished and comes with sliding doors to open to the pool and fountain. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
One of several covered and furnished patios with fireplaces and outdoor kitchens situated on the grounds around the pool. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
Another aerial view of 88 Grand Regency Circle, this time looking at the back of the house. Photo courtesy of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
A last look from above at this multimillion property, shown here nestled in the wooded grounds of Carlton Oaks. Photo courtesy of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
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On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
On the Market 88 Grand Regency Circle most expensive house for sale in The Woodlands June 2014
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Listed as the most expensive property for sale in The Woodlands and the entire Houston area right now at $16.8 million, this extravagant French Renaissance estate on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course boasts 11 bedrooms, a full movie theater, swimming pool with fountain and more luxuries behind huge gated driveways.

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Located at 88 Grand Regency Circle in the prestigious Carlton Woods neighborhood, the 30,717-square-foot mansion sits on 4.2-acre lot surrounded by landscaped grounds and is accessible through four controlled gates that lead to the circular driveway in front. The grand entry with two-story-tall ceilings and surrounding columns welcome homeowners to a full bar.

From the foyer is the living room with French doors that open to the pool and multiple patios, while the formal living room features a tray ceiling and ornate fireplace. The formal dining room with large windows takes in views of the front four-tier custom water fountain. The library, Tuscan-style sunken wine room with special seating for tastings and huge gourmet kitchen with additional catering kitchen are also on the first floor, as is a family room and breakfast nook overlooking the swimming pool.

 The manse includes two master suites, with the grand master suite at more than 3,500 square feet including a private sitting area with fireplace. 

The manse includes two master suites, with the grand master suite at more than 3,500 square feet including a private sitting area with fireplace. The royal master bath has a marble Jacuzzi tub, crystal chandelier, separate showers, vanities and dressing areas. More amenities in the grand master suite are dual walk-in closets and a seasonal closet, as well as a separate luggage closet. Located off the master bath is an exercise/spa that features a shampoo salon.

Eight of the 11 bedrooms are themed suites, each with master-sized bathrooms. For example, the "Scarlet" bedroom suite is bedecked in furniture, headboard and accent pieces in crimson silks and velvets with gold trim as a tribute to the Gone with the Wind star. A third-floor bedroom serves as a VIP guest quarters and is called the "Frankie Avalon." The bathroom here contains a fully tiled steam room. The "Hawaiian Suite" has two separate closets with a dressing table. The bath is decorated with dolphin-inspired faucets and bath fixtures.

Game rooms, a gentlemen's room with ceiling replicated from a luxury yacht, soda fountain bar with jukebox and dance floor and home theater with planetarium ceiling are just a few more of the mansion's highlights, all connected by oversized gallery hallways. Two grand marble spiral staircases take homeowners and guests to the three stories, as do three elevators. And there's a private balcony for practically every room in the house. In fact, balconies, covered terraces and loggias comprise more than 7,000 square feet of outdoor living areas.

Step outside
A separate pool house sits at one end of the swimming pool. Several covered and furnished patios with fireplaces and outdoor kitchens are situated on the grounds around the pool. Two private apartments are also located on the property. The six-car garage is attached to the home and extends to offer more than 20,000 square feet of driveway to accommodate dozens of cars.  

Square footage: 30,717

Asking price: $16.8 million

Listing agent: Arlene English, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
 

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