Juxtaposition is the name of the game at 23 W Rivercrest Dr, in the secluded Rivercrest Estates neighborhood.
The modern mansion could be plucked out of any of the Inner Loop’s most luxurious neighborhoods, and yet it sits on 3.77 acres of gated, rural land where horses and peacocks roam among NBA stars and billionaires.
“It’s like the country in the city out there,” says listing agent Estelle Lozmack.
The property has been kept in the current owners’ family since the ’70s and is now up for sale to the public—albeit an affluent segment of it—for $5.2 million by Martha Turner Sotheby’s.
In 2008 the current owners (daughter of the original owners and her husband) tapped architect Allen Bianchi to construct a new 5,800-square-foot home, in stark contrast to her family’s original rancher that sat on the property for 30-some-odd years.
The result was a four-bed, six-bath show home with high-end modern design and views of the expansive property from nearly every corner.
Throughout the house, giant floor-to-ceiling windows retract into the walls to offer unparalleled connection to the outdoors. The primary bedroom is perched above the live oaks and pine trees with views of the wide-open spaces that few Houston addresses could ever match. “On a gorgeous day it’s just spectacular,” Lozmack says.
Downstairs, a “second primary bedroom” provides mothers-in-law or guests with equal amounts of luxury plus an ADA-influenced en suite. The three floors are connected by a floating staircase as well as an imported all-glass elevator, which has proven useful for the multigenerational family that has called the property home for so many years.
The kitchen and bathrooms boast immaculate use of fine stone (which happens to be the owner’s line of work) through sleek double islands and a backlit honey-onyx translucent sink in the powder room.
Lavish design continues outdoors too. A saltwater infinity pool designed by architect Jackie Barry seemingly flows out from the home via an ipe-wood porch. A full tennis court has been maintained over the years, along with a two-stall stable.
If all this still isn’t enough, Lozmack notes that two side-by-side Briarpark homes that back up to the property and are currently occupied by the owner’s other family members are also for sale, rounding out the property to a full four acres of green space.
“People who are interested are people who are interested in privacy and are interested in having multigenerational families,” she says. “The sky's the limit out there.”