On the Market
Editor's Note: Houston is loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Throughout the month of June, CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge snoops through some of our faves and gives you the low-down on what's hot on the market.
21 Grand Manor, Sugar Land
Just in time for last weekend's U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, the national Top Ten Real Estate Deals website posted what editors considered the "most luxurious golf homes" for sale in the country and Number One on that list was a behemoth in Sugar Land priced at a mere $11 million. Just the sort of place a Tiger Woods hottie would like to call home.
And, hey, so would the CultureMap team.
Special touches: Surely you've always dreamed of a living room surrounded by a moat. That's just one of the unusual design features in this Mediterranean-style estate secluded in one of Sweetwater's luxury enclaves.
Imagine welcoming your friends into the three-story rotunda where a free-form sculpture is suspended from an overhead dome. The so-called "living island" is surrounded by mosaic tile walls, includes a copper mesh water wall and opens via glass doors to views of two swimming pools and the golf course fairway beyond.
The 411: You can take your pick from five bedrooms, but our choice is the master suite complete with fireplace, morning bar, fully-equipped gym, Roma steam shower in the over-sized bath, a secluded Zen-like courtyard and a private reading room on the second floor that is accessed via spiral stairway.
The vast expanse of house includes a two-story library with attached office, an Art Nouveau-style theater, a two-story disco with dance floor, sunken bar, wine cellar, a lobby lounge with a "lighted night sky" and concession stand, a soundproof recording room and a caterer's kitchen. Moving outdoors, you'll find the staff quarters.
For more fun, there is also a summer kitchen, pool house, outdoor pavilions with swim-up bar, fireplace and loggia. Don't forget the six air-conditioned garage bays.
The golf course: The house overlooks the fairways of Cypress Course at Sweetwater Country Club.
Square footage: 18,000
Architect: Mark Bufalini, who also did the interiors.
Listing agent: Stephanie Nick, Capital City Sotheby's International Realty