A REVAMPED RIVER OAKS ESTATE WAS SEEMINGLY PLUCKED out of the pages of a magazine and placed on the market this week. And we’re ready to move in—if someone could loan us the cash, that is.  

Set back on a half-acre corner lot at the intersection of Kirby and Del Monte drives, the 6,800-square-foot home boasts a full six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half baths for a cool $4.45 million with Greenwood King’s Kirby Office. 

High-end? Oh, yes. It does hold a coveted River Oaks locale, after all. It was first built in 1930 by The Russell Brown company, which was known for constructing many of the mansions in Houston’s most affluent neighborhoods. But when the current owners took over in 2012, they added onto and updated the fashionable property to make it work for their four young boys. 

An expanded and modernized kitchen with marble countertops and cool blue cabinetry now opens up to a large den, bisected only by a comfy banquette to create a space where we can imagine most families would do most of their living. The expansive master suite offers a retreat for parents, with a pristine marble bath and recently added sitting room. 

Four additional bedrooms, plus a giant third-floor bonus space (that can also serve as a bedroom), round out the main house, and the additional guest space over the garage is an ideal spot for grandparents to stay when helping with all those kiddos. In total, the family added about 2,300 square feet to the home while still leaving plenty of room to romp outside in the yard, pool, covered patio, or tree house. 

But it’s not the sheer vastness of the space that makes this property stand out. Rather it’s the subtle balance of traditional and modern details selected by sought-after interior designer Ann Wolf that makes it truly shine. Classic built-ins and plush furniture add a homey feel, while custom wallpapers and draperies add surprising touches of texture and eclectic color throughout the home. 

The rich blue dining room, with peach velvet chairs, floral drapes, and large brass pendant, is a prime example—and is a delightful contrast to the first impression of the classic foyer and grand curved staircase at the home’s entryway. 

Outside, the traditional whitewashed façade and giant oak trees are juxtaposed ever so slightly by black-trimmed windows, a sleek iron gate, and even a large arched metal door in the back—giving off the curb appeal of a timeless River Oaks estate that hints at the modern Houston family that has lived inside. 

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