River Oaks Luxury Home Combines Classic Elements With a Contemporary Approach
Story by Sam Byrd | Photos by Jeff Myers
Nothing says “I’ve made it” quite like living in style, which is exactly the intent of every nuance and amenity of The Bellemore at 3443 Inwood, built in the style of the French Design Era (1935-1949). Brimming with elegant, polished details and an aptitude for life’s finer indulgences, the newly built property, built by Al Ross Luxury Homes, is shaping up to be one of the hottest houses on the market. Plus, it easily embodies that triple threat that is so highly valued in the real estate world: location, location, location.
“It’s a very unique property for Houston. It’s one of the first spec houses built that is in the $10 million price range. I’m not aware of any other spec house in River Oaks for that price,” says Hedley Karpas. He, along with Nadia Ross, serve as listing agents for the home with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.
The house falls in the prime section of River Oaks. It’s got the tony address, proximity to the country club and easy access to all the restaurants, shops and everyday travels one may need.
That’s just the location, though. Once a potential buyer steps onto the property, it’s a whole new game. The 11,500 square-foot home, complete with gated security, is situated on a half acre lot that brings luxury to a whole new level.
Kapras mentions that the builder brought in more than 180 magnolia trees to surround the entire back yard in order to provide the ultimate in privacy. In addition, more than 2,000 plants were installed on the property.
A walkthrough of the house showcases the amenities in this stately manor. Pull into the garage and discover the ceiling height is tall enough to install car lifts. The four car garage can instantly be transformed into an eight car garage with this feature. The epoxy coated floor and insulated garage doors provide the perfect finish.
Elegance engulfs the space upon entering the three-story house. Italian porcelain floors with metal and wood inlays, Venetian plaster walls, one-of-a-kind chandeliers and Italian porcelain counters run the course of the sparkling interior.
Two staircases, along with the service of an elevator, make navigating the six bedroom and nine bathroom abode a breeze. The home is perfect for entertaining: The kitchen hosts three ovens and top-of-the-line Miele appliances fill the cooking area. There is an oversized island with rare Italian marble and, conveniently located next to the kitchen, are a home office and butler’s pantry.
The kitchen opens onto the two story downstairs family room and its floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that overlook the tree-lined back yard. There visitors will find a hot tub and a swimming pool with Italian glass mosaic accents; the pool is heated while its fountains serve to cool the water during summer months. The outdoor living space is accompanied by a gazebo, a fireplace and full summer kitchen. The builder also took special care to preserve a 100-year-old oak tree.
The opulence continues inside. Downstairs flooring is Italian porcelain, while the remainder of the house features white oak floors that have been specially stained. Karpas mentions specific highlights are a dog grooming salon and a walk-in chilled wine room with enough storage for approximately 1,200 bottles. Each wine shelf has LED lighting recessing behind the shelving.
The coup de grâce comes in the master suite. The ceiling in the master closet is silver leafed, the closet displays glass front cabinets with recessed LED lighting, and two islands feature phone charging and USB ports. The steam shower in the master bathroom is finished with Italian glass mosaic and two water closets, each with a bidet.
The third floor comes decked out with everything a homeowner might desire: a safe room, a movie theater, an exercise room, and a spa that includes a massage room, dry sauna, steam sauna and shower.
Every detail received painstaking attention, and there was no stone left unturned when finishing the home. “As far as quality of construction, everything is top-of-the-line. If it’s not done to the builder’s expectations, he’ll rip it out and start over again,” says Karpas. “He stands by his products. Many of the clients give him the keys to the houses and let him come and go.”
That sounds like a stamp of approval in our book. The home is currently on the market, but we don’t expect it to last long. Karpas says a property across the street went on the market for $22 million and had a pending bid within 24 hours.
Al Ross Luxury Homes
Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty