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What does $15 million buy in Houston? Mega mansion with a guest house bigger than your apartment

What does $15 million buy? Houston mega mansion made for entertaining

Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Exterior 2
Architect Ed Eubanks designed the 17,500 sq.ft. mansion in Bayou Woods. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, dining room
The formal dining room is one of several areas for serving meals.
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, hall
The grand hallway offers a glam perspective of the house. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, bar
The bar is larger than many family rooms. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, game room
The vast game room houses a pool table, a bar, card table and movie theater seating. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, wine room 2
The heavily-insulated and climate controlled wine room holds 800 bottles. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, master bedroom
French doors in the ground-floor master bedroom lead to a private patio. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master bath
Carrara marble floors and Calacatta marble walls and counter tops are rich design elements in the master bath. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master closet for her
Her master closet is spacious and light. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master closet for him
His master closet is richly furnished resembling a fine men's clothing store. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Study
The study, located off of the master suite, is large enough for a small gathering. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, living room
The great room features a double-height coffered ceiling and a towering, chocolate Emperador marble fireplace.  Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, entry
A grand house deserves a grand entry and this one fills the bill. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen
Open to the gallery and overlooking the backyard, the kitchen boasts quartzite counter tops and back splashes. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen table
Another dining area provides ample space for entertaining. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen island
The summer kitchen is fully outfitted. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, backyard
View to the main house from the guest quarters.. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, guest bedroom
One of four guest bedrooms. Photo by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Reality
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Exterior 2
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, dining room
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, hall
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, bar
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, game room
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, wine room 2
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, master bedroom
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master bath
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master closet for her
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Master closet for him
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Study
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, living room
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, entry
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen table
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, Kitchen island
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, backyard
Houston, Buckingham 527, June 2015, guest bedroom

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Technically, the neighborhood is called Bayou Woods but most will recognize the 527 Buckingham Dr. address as a special corner of the Memorial area. And do we mean special. The mansion, completed only in 2014, was four years in the making and occupies a healthy chunk of the 1.3 acre lot. Architect Ed Eubanks designed the home that was constructed by Texana Builders.

What's inside: Think big, really big. Five bedrooms, five full baths, six half-baths and a five-car garage are just part of the picture. The French Norman-style house is all about entertaining with indoor and outdoor spaces large enough to easily accommodate several hundred guests. 

There is the vast great room, the sunken bar area, kitchen dining, formal dining room and outdoor dining in the fully-outfitted summer kitchen. Guest quarters, located above the garage, measure in at approximately 1,123 square feet.

The master suite is located on the ground floor and includes not only a luxurious master bath but also two spacious walk-in closets, a private study and a private patio. The remaining bedrooms are on the second floor with elevator access as well as the winding staircase for grand entrances.

Square footage: 17,500.

Asking price: $15,235,000. 

Listing agent: Timothy Shanahan with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.