If Houston is a city built for the automobile, it's altogether possible that 15 East Rivercrest Drive was built to house those automobiles. Or, well, at least 50 of them.
Indeed, the 50-car, nine-door, full-service garage that's part of the Briargrove estate is just one of the incredible talking points about this home, listed for $9.95 million and represented by Susan Boss of The Country Properties Group and Sotheby's International Realty.
Built on more than three acres between the Galleria and CityCentre, this stunning Tuscan-inspired retreat was originally built by Gunn Construction & Building with consultation by Gay & Loudermilk Engineering for a car enthusiast.
The striking entrance.Photo by TK Images
But even those with only enough cars to fill a fraction of that state-of-the-art garage will be agog over 15 East Rivercrest's charms.
Inside encompasses some 11,008 square feet of living space. The estate's open, sweeping floor plan means a seamless flow from formal and informal spaces, making it a place designed as much for entertaining as for family downtown.
Then, a dramatic helix staircase curves upward three stories around an ornate chandelier, its dark wood striking against the foyer's stone floors. casement doorways border the entries to the formal dining room that overlooks the front yard and boasts wide, hardwood floors.
The home's grandeur also includes beamed ceilings in the library, a wet bar with wine storage adjacent to that, a game room and wet bar on the second floor, and a family room that opens to the kitchen, which boasts beamed ceilings and views of the front yard.
A primary suite's stepped ceiling gives the room a striking depth. The suite is completed with a massive bathroom with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a closet area with packing station.
Throughout 15 East Rivercreast there are near-panoramic views of the grounds, an oasis in the heart of the city. There's a summer kitchen, a long porch that's the perfect spot for outdoor wining and dining, and a cabana that can serve as guest quarters overlooking the in-ground pool.
Then, of course, is the garage. There are lifts workshop areas, storage rooms, and a loft with a seating area. Far more than a place to store cars, it's a place where they can live, be cared for, and shown off. Car enthusiasts will appreciate every fine detail, including the in-garage mini museum.
The garage even has its own mini museum. Photo by TK Images
It's not hard to get revved up over 15 East Rivercrest Drive. Those seeking a luxury home will be hard-pressed to find a finer example of a space where one can park it — away from Houston's crush and hum.