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Former governor's mansion on sale for $2.3 million in Houston: Secret compartments included

Former governor's secret mansion on sale for $2.3 million in Houston

1 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 front exterior day
The Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. grandly displays the architectural style of English Tudor Revival. Houston Association of Realtors
2 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 reception hall entry
The reception hall features an Art Deco chandelier and two matching niches near the staircase. Houston Association of Realtors
3 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013  formal living room
The crystal wall sconces in the formal living area are believed to be original to the home. Houston Association of Realtors
7 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 parlor bar
From the reception hall, the parlor with a wet bar welcomes guests. Houston Association of Realtors
8 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 breakfast nook and kitchen
Natural light fills the breakfast area in the kitchen. Houston Association of Realtors
9 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 kitchen
Renovations in 2011 included a beverage fridge, Dacor gas range, dual dishwashers, copper sink and stone/oil-rubbed bronze backsplash. Houston Association of Realtors
10 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 dining room
The massive dining room, 28 by 17 feet, is crowned by an elegant amber Venetian chandelier original to the home. Houston Association of Realtors
4 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 study office
The walls of former Gov. William P. Hobby's study are cherry wood panels. Houston Association of Realtors
5 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 library
The study/library features a wood-burning fireplace and secret storage in the paneling.  Houston Association of Realtors
11 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 master bedroom
The master bedroom measures more than 300 square feet. Houston Association of Realtors
12 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 master bath with bathtub
The Waterworks Empire-style freestanding tub is just one gem in the master bath. Houston Association of Realtors
19 On the Market Hobby Manor October 2013 at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. master bath vanity and shower
A large walk-in shower beckons at the other end of the master bath with Signet marble flooring.  Houston Association of Realtors
15 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 northeast bedroom
The northeast bedroom has a renovated en suite bath. Houston Association of Realtors
14 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 southeast bedroom
The southeast bedroom features a wall of built-in bookcase. Houston Association of Realtors
16 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 fifth bedroom used as den
A fifth bedroom on the second floor is furnished as an upstairs den. Houston Association of Realtors
21 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 three-car garage with door to governess suite
A three-car garage lies behind the automatic driveway gate. The door to the right leads to the guest suite. Houston Association of Realtors
17 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 governess suite (bedroom not shown)
The guest suite is a fully independent structure with living and dining areas, kitchen, bedroom and bath. Houston Association of Realtors
18 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 back yard
The back of the estate, which sits on almost three quarters of an acre.  Houston Association of Realtors
1 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 front exterior day
2 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 reception hall entry
3 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013  formal living room
7 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 parlor bar
8 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 breakfast nook and kitchen
9 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 kitchen
10 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 dining room
4 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 study office
5 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 library
11 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 master bedroom
12 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 master bath with bathtub
19 On the Market Hobby Manor October 2013 at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. master bath vanity and shower
15 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 northeast bedroom
14 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 southeast bedroom
16 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 fifth bedroom used as den
21 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 three-car garage with door to governess suite
17 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 governess suite (bedroom not shown)
18 On the Market Hobby Manor at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd. October 2013 back yard

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The grace and elegance of English Tudor Revival finds itself on the Houston real estate market in the form of the stately manor built in 1929 for William P. Hobby, former governor of Texas. The home was designed for Hobby by renowned architect Harry D. Payne

What's inside: You'll find rooms of grand scale, a reception hall, formal dining room, solarium, parlor and, of course, a wood-paneled office/library where the head of the Lone Star State and owner/publisher of the Houston Post conducted business at home.

Five spacious bedrooms, including a 300-square-foot master bedroom plus cozy den, and state-of-the-art kitchen should lure interested families. Preservationists will love the restored metal casement windows, original crystal wall sconces, secret storage compartments behind rich wood paneling and more period-true elements that are found throughout the manor. Historians would certainly enjoy walking the halls of one of our state's leaders.

The bonus here is that while the historic nature of the house has been carefully preserved, the kitchen and multiple baths have been updated in a 2011 redo.

Love: Not only the mansion's gracious charm, but also the spacious footprint — 6,331-square-feet — that includes a three-car garage with detached guest suite are more big draws.

 Easy access: The grand estate at 2115 Glen Haven Blvd., located in Old Braeswood, sits on a park-like 30,851-square-foot lot, just less than a mile from the Texas Medical Center and minutes away from downtown. Think location, location, location.

Square footage: 6,331

Asking price: $2,385,000

Listing agent: David Adkins with John Daugherty Realtors