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On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 front exterior from driveway
Welcome to Malvern, located at 7 Winston Woods. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 entry with domical vault ceiling
Original hardwood floors, inlaid with parquet patterns, extend from the rotunda foyer into the formal and informal rooms. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 cloak room
A cloak room is convenient for guests. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 living room
The living room features a cove ceiling and framed panel with trompe l’oeil sky painting. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods living room fireplace
A closer look at the antique fireplace in the living room shows the ornate marble frieze carved with mythological characters. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 dining room
The dining room with bow windows overlooks the terrace and manicured grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods pantry to kitchen
Looking from the large butler's pantry into the kitchen. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 kitchen
In the kitchen, stainless-steel appliances include a Viking six-burner gas cooktop with double ovens, SubZero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer and a warming oven original to the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 morning room
Brunshwig & Fils-covered walls create a cheery backdrop in the morning room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 library
The library is paneled in rich mahogany. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 master bedroom with dressing room at left
Located on the second floor, the master suite includes a marble fireplace, two updated bathrooms and additional closets. Note the dressing area to the left. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 bedroom three
One of four additional bedroom suites on the second floor, all which offer private bathrooms and walk-in or deep closets. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 bedroom four
Another second-floor bedroom. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A staircase leads from this bedroom to the third floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 backyard patio
Pennsylvania green stone terraces surround the house and transition to the park and gardens that slope gently to the bayou. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 parteere garden with guest quarters over three-car garage
The parterre garden, with a guest quarters above the attached three-car garage. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 secluded patio and waterfall
Stacked-stone and brick paths travel from the gardens to the private nature preserve created for Winston Woods, where owners can enjoy a flagstone waterfall and pond and a fire pit. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 large back yard
The back yard at Malvern, which also includes access to an additional contiguous two-plus acres of the wooded and restricted reserve. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 front exterior from driveway
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 entry with domical vault ceiling
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 cloak room
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 living room
On the Market 7 Winston Woods living room fireplace
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 dining room
On the Market 7 Winston Woods pantry to kitchen
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 kitchen
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 morning room
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 library
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 master bedroom with dressing room at left
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 bedroom three
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 bedroom four
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 last bedroom THIS.jpg
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 backyard patio
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 parteere garden with guest quarters over three-car garage
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 secluded patio and waterfall
On the Market 7 Winston Woods July 2014 large back yard
On the Market 7 Winston Woods
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Malvern Estate at 7 Winston Woods, one of Houston's grandest John Staub-designed homes, is now up for sale. It carries a $11.5 million asking price and boasts direct ties to old Houston society of the rich, educated and sophisticated — and lots of oil men.

A bit of background
Malvern was completed in 1938 by Staub for late Houston businessman James O. Winston Jr. The acreage was carved from equestrian property owned by the late Stephen Power Farish of Humble Oil and his late brother, William Stamps Farish II, former president of Standard Oil.

William Stamps Farish II brought Staub to Houston in 1921 when he was a young architect in New York. Staub’s inspiration for Malvern came from The Wick, an 18th-century late Georgian house in Richmond, Greater London.

 Winston Woods’ private road is bordered and curbed with Belgian block cobblestone from the streets of lower Manhattan.  

Staub is reported to have traveled with the Winstons to England to acquire some of the antique elements that now grace Malvern. In addition, Winston commissioned Houston Brick & Tile Co. to reproduce the sand-surfaced bricks at the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Va., for the Houston estate The wall enclosing Winston Woods also was inspired by the wall surrounding that post-colonial building.

The present owners purchased Malvern and its original 12 acres from the Winston family in 1997. Since then, they subdivided the property to create the 12-acre Winston Woods, a gated enclave of eight home sites and private nature preserve. Their comprehensive, research-driven restoration and detailed modernization was a 14-year project.

The house
Original hardwood floors, inlaid with parquet patterns, extend from the rotunda foyer throughout the house. Highlights in the formal living room include a centrally framed ceiling panel with trompe l’oeil sky distract and antique fireplace with an ornate marble frieze carved with mythological figures. The dining room overlooks the terrace and park.

The more informal morning room is bright and lively with Brunschwig & Fils-covered walls, and the library is paneled in rich mahogany. The spacious kitchen is up-to-date and professionally equipped, with a cozy family room just steps away.

On the second floor, the master suite has access to a rear balcony and includes two updated bathrooms and dressing areas with custom walk-in closets. Also on the second floor, four additional bedroom suites offer private bathrooms and walk-in or multiple deep closets. The Winstons left the third floor of the house floored but not finished, and their children (reportedly) used it as an indoor skating rink.

Re-purposing its original, long-leaf pine planks, the present owners converted the large open space into two dormer bedrooms. In total, the house has nine full baths and four half-baths.

The grounds
Lush parterres near the kitchen are stocked with culinary herbs, mature fruit and berry trees and perennial flowering plants. Pennsylvania green stone terraces surround the house and transition to stacked-stone and brick paths that travel to a contiguous 2.134 acre wooded, restricted reserve and to the bayou. There, owners enjoy a flagstone waterfall, flowing pond and a fire pit.

The guest quarters above the three-car garage was constructed almost entirely from reclaimed materials salvaged from the original garage and its second-floor living quarters.

Winston Woods’ private road is bordered and curbed with Belgian block cobblestone from the streets of lower Manhattan. When those streets were renovated in the late-20th century, 60 tons of cobblestone was purchased and shipped to Houston by rail for Winston Woods.

Square footage: 10,153

Asking price: $11.5 million

Listing agent: Steve Baumgardner, John Daugherty Realtors

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