Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Single Family Homes
Sheltered behind the guarded gates of prestigious Farnham Park, this magnificent residence on an approx. 36,000 sf lot (per HCAD) invites comparison with an English country house. Designed by Robert Dame, the superb façade combines Georgian and Italianate elements enhanced with detailed brick work, impressive stone balconies and window surrounds and a slate roof. The expansive exteriors have tiered, brick-edged blue flagstone terraces, parterre gardens, pool, koi pond, fountain, and loggia, all visible from ground-floor rooms through Palladian-style mahogany French doors. The impressive interiors encompass more than 15,000 sf yet retain an inviting intimacy. The massive central hall stretches from the entrance past the open formal rooms and splendid, double volute staircase. The enormous, double-height rotunda library is surmounted by upper galleries lined with bookshelves accessed by a hidden staircase and an adjoining half-bath. An extended, groin-vaulted gallery has exterior French doors and courtyard vistas, and leads to the kitchen/breakfast room, full walk-in bar, great room, game room and service areas. The kitchen/breakfast room offers a towering, elaborately trussed ceiling; recessed clerestory windows, and a double masonry fireplace which also serves the adjoining family room. On the second floor, the primary suite occupies its own wing and includes access to the upper galleries of the library through a charming morning room. Dual walk-in closets are impeccably appointed with custom-designed racks, bins, floor-length triple mirrors, chests-of-drawers and a packing station. In the opposing wing, very spacious secondary bedrooms offer luxurious en suite baths appointed with jetted tubs and oversized glass-faced showers. Two staircases and the elevator access the third floor which encompasses a workout room, media room, kitchenette, a half-bath and storage rooms.
Houston, Texas, has been dubbed the energy capital of the world. Energy doesn’t just refer to the gas and oil industries, but to the buzz of the streets. The Lone Star State’s largest city--as well as the largest city in the South--is a youthful one with a rising profile in art, culture and culinary pursuits.