Multi-million mansions and a football field-sized park: It's all high-end on this forgotten piece of land
"Many people didn't even know that this land existed," says Jacob Sudhoff of a three-acre Inner Loop parcel between the Galleria area and River Oaks. The Buffalo Bayou bends a stone's throw north and San Felipe Street crosses just a few blocks south.
This is the site of Audubon Hollow, a new guarded and gated community from Houston-based Butler Brothers that will feature 22 Acadian-style homes surrounding a nearly football field-sized park.
Sudhoff — president of Sudhoff Properties, which handles the marketing and sale of the property — tells CultureMap that he believes the new development will appeal across the board from young professionals to DINKs to retired empty-nesters.
"The homeowners association will act like a concierge to water plants, handle dogs and maintain the entire exterior maintenance," says Sudhoff, who thinks that these amenities combined with security appeal to those seeking a "lock and leave" lifestyle.
Butler Brothers looked to Audubon Place, a private gated street across from Audubon Park in New Orleans, for design inspiration.
Ground broke on the development last September to lay ground utilities and put other infrastructure in place. The sales office officially opened on June 14 and builders will pour the slab on the first home in about six weeks. Four other houses are in title, and Sudhoff says that negotiations are underway for "multiple more."
Butler Brothers looked to Audubon Place, a private gated street across from Audubon Park in New Orleans, for design inspiration, but Sudhoff says that home buyers will have flexibility to pick and choose aspects they like from different models for a semi-custom build.
"It's nice to have a starting point," he explains, pointing to the builder's attention to detail and a plethora of features including elevators, optional pools, rooftop terraces and air-conditioned first floor terraces, summer kitchens, mosquito systems, home automation and high-end finishes.
Floor plans — which are named for tree varieties — start at just under 5,000 square feet and go up to 6,000 square feet, with price points ranging from $1.7 million to $3 million. Construction on Audubon Hollow is expected to be complete in June 2015.