THE WOODLANDS

Property Dreams: Wrap-Around Porch in the Woodlands

We’re tracking all the most breathtaking homes in Houston.

By Stephanie Bartels May 12, 2022

The Houston housing market has been in a hot frenzy since 2021, and single-family home inventory remains at a record low. It can be challenging to stay on top of recent listings, so Houstonia set out to find gorgeous homes on the market. This week, we found a hauntingly stunning home in The Woodlands, complete with sweeping wrap-around porches and a domed stained-glass ceiling. 

38 E SHORE DRIVE, THE WOODLANDS, TX 77380

Price: $7,200,000

From the outside, it appears you’re standing at the entry gates of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion with tall, commanding pillars, first and second-floor wrap-around porches, and solid iron fencing. You can hear the spooky haunts of the ride’s soundtrack and smell the buttery scent of theme park popcorn. Suddenly, you’re hit with a mosquito to the face and snap back to reality where you find yourself still in Houston and gazing at a 1-acre Southern French Colonial home overlooking Lake Woodlands. While you may not be in Fantasyland, this property is the happiest in the neighborhood.

Built-in 2012, 38 E. Shore Drive houses six bedrooms, seven full and three partial bathrooms, and consists of 11,457-square-feet- interiors. The attention to architectural detail can be felt throughout the property, including a walnut staircase, a two-story study, and a separate apartment above the garage. The home includes whole-home automation, a generator, and vast porches with stunning water views. 

The entry opens to patterned flooring and custom-designed and hand-crafted plaster moldings made by an artist in New Orleans. A grand walnut staircase winds up to a three-story gallery with a domed ceiling. 

The formal dining room is to the left of the foyer, wrapped by an oil on canvas mural painted on-site by the artist. The room is also intricately framed by plaster moldings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and centered with double chandeliers, perfect for family dinners and formal events.

You’ll find that walnut is a prevalent theme throughout the home and is a focal point of the game room. The earth tone surrounds the game room created with walnut floors, paneling, and doors. Walnut details accent the ceiling covering the room’s chandelier and make up the wet bar and mini-fridge area. 

For relaxation and recreation, this room is centered by a Moroccan brass cutwork chandelier with purple and yellow accents and surrounded by ornate plaster molding. The bespoke limestone fireplace sits next to a wall of windows providing tons of natural light. The windows overlook the home’s private courtyard and pool. 

A custom-built walnut spiral staircase leads to a third-floor gallery which is more like a sitting area anchored by a mosaic stained-glass dome.

Circling back to the home's walnut and earth tone details, the library, which a spiral staircase in the study can access, is built with walnut shelves, flooring, and framing. The room is reminiscent of an old-world library, complete with history and charm.

Outside, a private backyard courtyard houses a pool and a bathroom built exclusively for the pool area. The space is perfect for summer lounging and pool parties. 

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