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Resort-style River Oaks mansion with Hollywood history hits market at $8.9M

Resort-style River Oaks mansion with Hollywood history lists for $8.9M

3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The River Oaks home boasts resort-style pool and yard. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The posh home is protected by a privacy wall and gate. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The light dining room. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The bedroom's impressive backyard views. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
Stunning yard views. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
A primary closet is massive. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The picturesque pool. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
An outdoor kitchen fit for enertaining. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
Decked out. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The tennis court. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The grand entry. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
Walled windows everywhere. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The kitchen's high ceilings. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
The marbled bathroom. Photo by TK Images
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale
3940 Inverness Dr. River Oaks for sale

In 1972, a whole bunch of Hollywood types hit Houston. They were here to shoot the film The Thief Who Came to Dinner, a comedy/romance about a guy who quits his gig as a computer programmer to become a jewel thief.

The cast, led by Ryan O'Neal, shot in a series of Bayou City locations, including, among many others, the Johnson Space Center, the Astrodome, Jones Hall, and 3940 Inverness Dr., a massive country club-like manor house in River Oaks that is now on the market for $8.9 million. It's listed by Walter Bering of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.

Set on nearly three acres in the heart of River Oaks, the luxe home unfolds across more than 11,000 square feet, with five bedrooms, seven full and four half baths, three fireplaces, a butler's pantry, fountains, and a tennis court with its own gallery seating.

This home could easily be mistaken for a resort and spa. That's thanks to all the amenities that allow its owners to retreat into a world of their own, far away from the everyday crush of the city.

Offering the feel of living in a lush forest, 3940 Inverness Dr. maximizes its setting. Curving staircases lead from second-floor balconies down to the pool and courtyard. Massive windows offer views of the shaded grounds.

Outside, a pavilion with its own kitchen sprawls along the backyard, making it a perfect gathering place during patio weather season. Flagstone paths meander through the property, taking in the pool, the tennis court and the lush landscaping.

Inside, endless luxuries come large and small. Curved archways, built-in shelves, massive closets that double as dressing rooms, an enormous master bath with a soaking tub and separate shower, marble floors, a formal living room, and panoramic views. The  lower level provides ample space for casual living, including a spot that's perfect for a game room, complete with its own wet bar and fireplace. 

A sizzling selling point is that 3940 Inverness Dr. once served as a movie set. Its new owners will certainly feel they're living like movie stars in this stunning home.