Home & Design

Is This the Prettiest Model Home in America?

The Riverstone stunner just won the model home version of an Oscar—probably because of this crazy-awesome closet.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen February 2, 2016

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The master closet and bathroom in Villa Rialto, a model home in Fort Bend's Riverstone community.

We're at peak awards season, and I'm not just talking about Hollywood ingenues on red carpets. Case in point: last week the National Association of Home Builders gathered in Las Vegas for their version of the Oscars, called The National—even the trophies are basically identical. And one Houston-area builder community came home with a big win.

The five-bedroom model home at 58 Enclave Manor Drive in Fort Bend's Riverstone community won a Gold Award for Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Priced $1 Million to $1.5 Million. The interior design was executed by Ellen Weese of Five Star Interiors and Angela Hobdy, the in-house designer for Newmark Homes, emphasizing the airiness of the floorplan with a neutral palette, directing the eye towards the high ceilings with a chrome poster bed and appointing the entire home with perfectly scaled art that capitalized on the spaciousness throughout.

The house itself, called Villa Rialto, was built by Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes, the custom division of Newmark Homes, inspired by the Rialto on Venice's Grand Canal. It's got plenty of architectural extras and flourishes, from the semi-subterranean wine cellar and movie theater to arched doorways and clerestory windows, but nothing comes close to the wow factor of the master closet and bathroom. The open space includes a soaking tub and double rainfall shower adjacent to a two-story closet space that could legitimately be mistaken for a J.Crew, with an entire wall of shoe storage, a chandelier and racks displaying designer clothing like it's a fashion museum.

What I'm saying is if someone built me that closet, I'd throw all the awards at them that they could handle. And though this is currently the model, Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes has 10 designs in The Enclave at Riverstone, priced from $1 million to over $1.3 million. The Oscar of closets model homes could be yours, too.

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