Historic Mansion On Sale

Historic Montrose mansion goes on sale for $3.5 million: Old world charm included

Historic Montrose mansion goes on sale for $3.5 million

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Welcome to the Waldo Mansion in Montrose, built in 1885. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A street view shows the manicured lawn, which is fully fenced and gated. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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An open and breezy veranda wraps around the side. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A double-door vestibule can be closed for extra protection before you enter this restored house. Shown are the interior stained-glass doors welcoming guests inside. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The spacious entry hall and foyer with majestic staircase provide a grand reception. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The living room, with operating gas-jet fireplace and arched window casings. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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From the living room, step into the formal dining area, where a turn-of-the-century chandelier casts the main lighting. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The updated kitchen with granite countertops is great for catered events - and the cook of the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The library is located across the entry hall from the living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Carpeting is in most of the upstairs bedrooms and on the landing, shown here. Original hardwood floors are found throughout the first floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master bedroom features a built-in canopy as well as carved window and door casings. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The sitting area of the master suite includes windows that open to a covered balcony. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master bath, with fireplace, center tub and marble columns. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Multiple windows framed with cherrry wood millwork fill a secondary bedroom with natural light. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A third bedroom owns its own character. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The third floor is now a media room with custom cabinetry for electronics use and storage. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Discover the perfect place to relax in the private courtyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A goldfish pond, water fountain, tall palms and lush surroundings fill the private courtyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Find ample parking, along with a three-car garage, to the side of the main house. The guest house is located in the center background. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another view of the exterior with manicured and gated lawn. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A piece of Houston's history just went up for sale: The Waldo Mansion in Montrose.

201 Westmoreland

Confederate veteran J.P. Waldo and wife Mary Virginia Gentry, daughter of railroad promoter Abram Gentry, first built this magnificent house in 1885 at the corner of Rusk and Caroline. In 1905, Waldo's son Wilmer moved the residence to its current location, 201 Westmoreland, where it now nestles on a 25,000-square-foot corner lot among mature trees, lush lawn and landscaping and decorative iron-fenced privacy. Period detail and elegance is found everywhere inside the 6,598-square-foot residence.

Walk Through

Past the charming wrap-around veranda, enter through stained-glass interior doors protected by an exterior and insulating double-door vestibule to a stately ambiance reaching from original wood floors all the way to the top of the 15-foot-high ceilings. In fact, you'll find authentic wood elements from the flooring to wall panels and door and window frames throughout, all in immaculate condition.

To the right, a study awaits the gentleman — and gentlewoman — of the house, while to the left, a living room with working jet-gas fireplace awaits. Step into the dining room, where a vintage chandelier casts its warm glow over the large room. A modern kitchen is close at hand, with plenty of room for catering parties. Downstairs is roomy wine storage for those favorite beverages.

Upstairs via either of two elegant, curving staircases, new carpet covers the floors, and 14-foot ceilings house the three bedrooms. The master bedroom includes a sitting area and luxurious bath with marble columns on either side of a center bathtub that sits directly in front of a fireplace with mantel. In total, the house features 10 gas fireplaces, with one mock in the entry hall. A lofted-ceiling cubby on the third floor is now designated as a media room.

Step Outside

The private courtyard is a place to relax to the sounds of a fountain with goldfish pond guarded by towering palm trees. A detached 1600-square-foot guest house has two to three bedrooms and two baths. Additional bonus: A three-car garage with a large gated motor court sit to the side of the mansion.

Square footage: 6,598

Asking price: $3.5 million

Listing agent: Richard Ray, John Daugherty, Realtors