Austin | Dallas | Houston
On The Market

This mansion in the richest city in Texas comes with its own waterfall — and plenty of privacy

Enlarge
Slideshow
1 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
Welcome to 7 Saddlewood Estates Drive. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
8 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The reception hall with grand staircase. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
9 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The formal living room includes a custom fireplace surround. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
11 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The den is comfortable and open with tall ceilings. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
10 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The formal dining room is 17 by 13 feet. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
12 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The gourmet kitchen includes a breakfast nook at the far back. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
7 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
Spacious study or office with wood paneling. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
4 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The master suite is conveniently located on the first floor. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
5 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The cozy master sitting room offers a framed view of the back yard. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
2 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
A free-standing bath tub and walk-in shower are highlights in the master bath. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
20 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
Up the grand staircase await three large bedrooms, game room, wet bar and media room. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
19 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
One of the guest suites. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
18 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
A second guest suite. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
21 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The third guest suite. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
15 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
A game table anchors this room, complete with wet bar. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
14 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
Angled ceiling elements bring interesting architectural design to the media room. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
16 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The upstairs game room. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
22 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
A view of the resort-style pool from above. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
23 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
The estate's backyard retreat. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
26 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
Intimate seating areas are found throughout the private setting. Photo courtesy of © John Daugherty, Realtors
1 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
8 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
9 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
11 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
10 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
12 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
7 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
4 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
5 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
2 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
20 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
19 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
18 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
21 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
15 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
14 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
16 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
22 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
23 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013
26 On the Market 7 Saddlewood Estates December 2013

Editor's Note: Houston is loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap snoops through some of the best and gives you the lowdown on what's hot on the market.

A custom mansion in one of the wealthiest communities in the United States is now for sale, and it’s right here in Houston’s backyard.

The manor at 7 Saddlewood Estates Drive rests in the pine tree-protected forest of Hunters Creek Village, the No. 1 richest city in Texas and the No. 11 richest in America, based on figures compiled by the American City Business Journals.

As the city of Houston annexed nearby unincorporated areas after World War II, the small villages of Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig Village, Bunker Hill, Hilshire Village and Spring Valley each incorporated in 1954 to remain independent. Electing their own mayors and council members, the Memorial Villages were officially born.

 Privacy is a key commodity here: The home sits at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac within the exclusive gated enclave of Saddlewood Estates.  

Almost 60 years later, Hunters Creek, which is about two square miles in area, has an average home value of $3 to $3.5 million. More than 67 percent of the community's 4,537 population possesses household incomes of  $150,000-plus.

Fittingly, 7 Saddlewood Estates Drive is a stately two-story house with attractive stucco finish on more than half-acre of manicured grounds. Privacy is a key commodity here: The home sits at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac within the exclusive gated enclave of Saddlewood Estates. A gated motor court surrounds the attached three-car garage.

Walk Through
Guests enter the mansion through a grand reception hall passing a curving, wraparound staircase. Elegant formals — living room and dining room, along with a handsome wood-paneled study — are conveniently accessible in this flowing floor plan. The gourmet kitchen opens to a breakfast room and comfortable den. The master suite with sitting area and luxurious bath are also on the first floor.

Upstairs await three guest suites, a game room with a wet bar and family game room, as well as a cozy media room.

Step Outside
The entertainment options continue outside, where the party moves to a resort-inspired backyard. A waterfall splashes into the lagoon swimming pool, which — like the step-up spa/hot tub — is surrounded by natural rock landscaping. Plenty of outdoor seating areas create nooks for intimate and gregarious conversations.

Square footage: 6,670

Asking price: $2.29 million

Listing agent: Laura Sakowitz Sweeney, John Daugherty, Realtors

Newsletters for exploring your city

Daily Digest

Houston news, views + events

The Dining Report

News you can eat

Insider Offers

Curated experiences at exclusive prices

Promo Alerts

Special offers + exclusive deals

We will not share or sell your email address