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Shadyside splendor: Historic Georgian mansion in exclusive enclave is a $16.5 million gem

Shadyside splendor: Historic Georgian mansion is a $16.5 million gem

2 Longfellow Lane dining room
The dining room includes a complete vintage set of Zuber's panoramic wall paper, including all five scenes of the Views of North America. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane outdoor scene
This view of the rear of the home at twilight; the property also has an air conditioned pool huse with kitchenette and half-bath. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane exterior
The Classic Georgian-styled manor house built in 1921 is one of only 16 homes in  Shadyside.  Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane exercise room
Glass-walled exercise room Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane master bath
The marble master bath with fireplace. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane carriage house
The original Carriage House has been redesigned as an elegant guest suite with living room, bedroom, kitchen, bath, and laundry.   Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane library
Paneled library with fireplace also features glass French doors opening onto two different garden terraces. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane outdoor scene
Outdoor pool and spa featureds pedestals with spillway fountains; and air-conditioned pool house, and a free-standing pergola. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane kitchen
Opposite the wet bar is the hand-carved display case with illuminated interiors; to the right is the latticed door to the wine vault. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane carriage house guest suite
Carriage House guest suite. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane master bath
Another of the five full bathroomsfeatures both a ball-and-claw-footed deep soaking tub and large marble steam shower with wall-mounted showerhead and adjustable height hand shower. Courtesy photo
2 Longfellow Lane dining room
2 Longfellow Lane outdoor scene
2 Longfellow Lane exterior
2 Longfellow Lane exercise room
2 Longfellow Lane master bath
2 Longfellow Lane carriage house
2 Longfellow Lane library
2 Longfellow Lane outdoor scene
2 Longfellow Lane kitchen
2 Longfellow Lane carriage house guest suite
2 Longfellow Lane master bath

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2 Longfellow Lane

While much of Houston's moneyed set settles in River Oaks, the low-key wealthy look to Shadyside, a prestigious gated community near Rice University with a historic past. A classic Georgian-style manor house designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg and his protégé John Staub, built in 1921, is one of only 16 homes in the exclusive area. 

Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the meticulously restored and updated home, nestled on 1.7 acres in a park-like setting of magnificent live oak trees and landscaped gardens, is on the market as one of the most expensive homes currently for sale in the city.

The elements: Among the home's highlights is a dining room with a complete vintage set of Zuber's panoramic wallpaper depicting all five scenes of the Views of North America (pictured above) rarely seen outside of museums and the White House, where first lady Jackie Kennedy had similar wallpaper block print panels installed in the '60s.

Other unique features include a formal living room with two 10-foot glass doors on each end that open to the terrace; a second-floor master bedroom with hand-plastered, waxed, and polished walls, plus a ceiling with hand-painted design and a luxurious marble master bath with a fireplace (one of seven in the house); and three custom-configured walk-in closets.

The main house has five bedrooms, five full baths, and three half baths, in addition to such other features as "his" and "hers" offices, a paneled library, a glass-enclosed exercise room, an expansive kitchen with a butler's panty and wet bar, and a free-floating curved staircase for which architect Lindeberg is famous.

The original carriage house has been updated as a guest suite, with an oversized living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. The backyard features an illuminated pool with fountains amid century-old oak trees, as well as a rear terrace with a custom ironwork gazebo, and an air-conditioned pool house with a kitchenette and half-bath. 

Square footage: 12,808

Asking price: $16,500,000

Listing agent: Walter Bering at Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty