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$3.5 million River Oaks mansion comes with Old World charm, dream kitchen — and a red door

$3.5 million River Oaks home comes with Old World charm, dream kitchen

1 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 front elevation day
Welcome home for the holidays to 1547 Kirby Drive. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
2 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 entry
The reception area with high ceilings, hardwood floors and deep crown molding. The chandelier remains with the property. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
3 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 entry to living room
A view from the reception area into the formal living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
4a On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 formal living room
The formal living room boasts old-world charm with hardwood flooring, crown molding and gas-log fireplace with marble surround. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
5a On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 formal dining room
Skylights and tall windows bring in lots of natural light into the formal dining room. The chandelier here, as well as in the living room, are part of the sale. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
6 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 sunroom off dining room
Steps away is a screened outdoor loggia overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
10 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen office
The elegant study with antique fireplace original to the 1932 structure. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
16 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 upstairs sitting room
A sunroom with two walls of windows faces a private courtyard with fountain. Custom drapes remain with the property. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
7 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen
The kitchen is a chef's dream with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador five-gas-burner cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, double ovens and large island. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
9 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 breakfast nook off kitchen
The breakfast room sits in front of a bay window. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 pool table
A game room added in 2012 with built-in closets and storage is accessible via double French doors off the kitchen Photo courtesy of © TK Images
11 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen second-floor landing
Dual staircases take owners to the second floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bedroom
The master suite enjoys access to two rooftop terraces. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bath 1
The neutral master bath features cream travertine flooring underfoot with dual sinks... Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bath 2
...and oversized whirlpool tub and shower. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
18 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom
A second bedroom with en suite bath on the second floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
17 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom
All five bedrooms include en suite baths. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The third-story bedroom. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom swimming pool
The backyard oasis awaits with heated pool for year-round swimming. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 swimming pool
Another look at the back yard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
1 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 front elevation day
2 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 entry
3 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 entry to living room
4a On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 formal living room
5a On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 formal dining room
6 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 sunroom off dining room
10 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen office
16 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 upstairs sitting room
7 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen
9 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 breakfast nook off kitchen
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 pool table
11 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 kitchen second-floor landing
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bedroom
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bath 1
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 master bath 2
18 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom
17 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom
19 On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 bedroom swimming pool
On The Market 1547 Kirby November 2014 swimming pool

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A bright red door welcomes you to this grand, classic Houston-style home right in the heart of River Oaks, now for sale at $3,495,000.

Walk through
Sitting on nearly a half-acre at 1547 Kirby Drive, the 5,484-square-foot beauty opens to a reception area with high ceilings, hardwood floors and deep crown molding. From here, owners may enter the formal living room, elegant study with antique fireplace original to the 1932 structure or dining room with handy dry bar. A hallway leads to the kitchen and powder room.

The living room boasts old-world charm with more hardwood flooring, crown molding and gas-log fireplace with marble surround anchoring the light-filled space. Large windows with stained-glass insets offer views of the manicured grounds. Luxury details continue into the formal dining room, where skylights and tall windows bring in lots of natural light. Steps away is a screened outdoor loggia overlooking the gardens and swimming pool. A sunroom with two walls of windows faces a private courtyard with fountain.

The kitchen is a chef's dream with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador five gas-burner cooktop, Bosch dishwasher and double ovens. The island is spacious enough for food preparation and guests to pull up in bar-height chairs. The breakfast room sits in front of a bay window. A wine closet with glass door and separate entry to the basement are located off the bright nook. A game room added in 2012 with built-in closets and storage is accessible via double French doors off the kitchen.

Dual staircases, one at the entrance and the second near the kitchen, take owners to the second floor to the master suite with two rooftop terraces and three bedrooms with en suite baths. The neutral master bath features cream travertine tile underfoot with dual sinks and oversized whirlpool tub and shower. The walk-in closet includes built-in drawers and cabinets. A fifth bedroom with en suite bath is on the third floor.

Step outside
The backyard oasis awaits with heated pool for year-round swimming. Stone walkways and patios offer even more room for al fresco entertaining and relaxing. The three-car garage is attached. A generator is included in the sale, as are select chandeliers, kitchen appliances and custom draperies.

Square footage: 5,484

Asking price: $3,495,000

Listing agent: Jane Brennan-Martin, John Daugherty Realtors