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