When Houston real estate mogul Gerald Hines—you might know him from, um, The Galleria—commissioned his 17,000-square-foot mansion in the 1990s, he wanted it to reflect his travels to Tuscany.
The result was an elaborate villa that spared no luxury and put what the late developer's peers described to Houstonia as his appreciation for "capital A architecture" on full display.
Now, about six months after the legend's death at the age of 95, the five-bed, 11-bath home has hit the market for the first time at a whopping $34.5 million by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
The four-acre compound, dubbed "Adagio," meaning "to slow down" in Italian, takes its name seriously with views of Buffalo Bayou, a full-sized tennis court, manicured grounds, and 3,000-square-foot atrium featuring an enclosed pool. Still, with a prime location at 2920 Lazy Lane Blvd in River Oaks, future residents wouldn't have much trouble jet-setting around town, if that's more their speed.
Sweeping staircases, domed ceilings, marvelous stone, and intricate millwork make the property feel more palatial than homey, though each feature certainly adds to the Italianate intention New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects set out to achieve.
An adjoining guest apartment and separate caretaker's residence round out the estate, which seems to have just about everything one could dream up.
Agents Cathy Cagle and Patricia Reed told the Wall Street Journal this week that if the homes goes for close to list price it will be the most expensive home sale in Houston history—a fitting posthumous achievement for the late, great developer who set the standard for Houston real estate throughout his decades-long career.