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A custom mansion in one of the wealthiest communities in the United States is now for sale, and it’s right here in Houston’s backyard.
The manor at 7 Saddlewood Estates Drive rests in the pine tree-protected forest of Hunters Creek Village, the No. 1 richest city in Texas and the No. 11 richest in America, based on figures compiled by the American City Business Journals.
As the city of Houston annexed nearby unincorporated areas after World War II, the small villages of Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig Village, Bunker Hill, Hilshire Village and Spring Valley each incorporated in 1954 to remain independent. Electing their own mayors and council members, the Memorial Villages were officially born.
Privacy is a key commodity here: The home sits at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac within the exclusive gated enclave of Saddlewood Estates.
Almost 60 years later, Hunters Creek, which is about two square miles in area, has an average home value of $3 to $3.5 million. More than 67 percent of the community's 4,537 population possesses household incomes of $150,000-plus.
Fittingly, 7 Saddlewood Estates Drive is a stately two-story house with attractive stucco finish on more than half-acre of manicured grounds. Privacy is a key commodity here: The home sits at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac within the exclusive gated enclave of Saddlewood Estates. A gated motor court surrounds the attached three-car garage.
Guests enter the mansion through a grand reception hall passing a curving, wraparound staircase. Elegant formals — living room and dining room, along with a handsome wood-paneled study — are conveniently accessible in this flowing floor plan. The gourmet kitchen opens to a breakfast room and comfortable den. The master suite with sitting area and luxurious bath are also on the first floor.
Upstairs await three guest suites, a game room with a wet bar and family game room, as well as a cozy media room.
The entertainment options continue outside, where the party moves to a resort-inspired backyard. A waterfall splashes into the lagoon swimming pool, which — like the step-up spa/hot tub — is surrounded by natural rock landscaping. Plenty of outdoor seating areas create nooks for intimate and gregarious conversations.
Square footage: 6,670
Asking price: $2.29 million
Listing agent:Laura Sakowitz Sweeney, John Daugherty, Realtors