The Swingin’ sixties were a decade of classics. The Beatles found hits in “Hey Jude” and “Here Comes the Sun,” Neil Armstrong took his small step for man and a giant leap for mankind, and, in 1968, a classic home went up at 3195 Inwood Drive.
The 15,000-square-foot, two-story property in the heart of River Oaks is on the market again today, listed for $7.95 million with Walter Bering at Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty. With its soaring ceilings, airy spaces, and banks of windows and French doors, this home was a real departure from low, dark, and separate spaces that ruled the day when it was built. At a time when residential architecture saw little excitement, 3195 Inwood was designed to turn heads.
With six bedrooms, six baths, and a four-car garage with an attached two-bedroom guest apartment, it’s hard to call it anything less than extravagant. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a sumptuous, presentation-style staircase and reception foyer, from which a short hall leads to a lavish library with all the trappings of an unparalleled sanctuary: 20-foot ceilings; ornate paneling; floor-to-ceiling display cabinets; a Renaissance-style fireplace with a mantel from Scotland; a second-story reading gallery; and a walk-in, marble-clad bar.
Not to be outdone by the library, a grandiose kitchen serves as the heart of the home with its peninsula breakfast bar, wine chiller, butler's pantry, state-of-the-art appliances, double farm sink, and extended sitting area. A classically styled great room features towering French doors that lead to the enclosed courtyard and pool. Bedrooms and their accompanying en-suites are fully updated, appointed with all the luxurious necessities like custom-fitted walk-ins and gigantic soaking tubs.
The home is evidently fit for a queen, and years ago, an illustrious former owner met that standard.
None other than the legendary Joanne King Herring—fundraiser, socialite, and power broker extraordinaire, famously portrayed by Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson's War—once lived and played here. In the '70s, Herring reportedly turned the garage apartment—previously her son's bedroom suite, site of many a fraternity blowout—into a fabulous disco for extravagant parties attended by literal heads of state, including the Shah of Iran and King of Morocco.
The disco is gone now—subsequent owners restored it to its prior use as a traditional guest quarters—but don't worry, plenty of other dignitaries graced the rest of the grounds, too. Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, four U.S. presidents, kings of Sweden and Jordan, presidents of Egypt and Pakistan, Prime Minister of Belgium, nine foreign ministers, and 29 ambassadors have all been privy to the legendary fêtes held in this home. It's easy enough to picture them in the enormous salon-style living room that can—and has—doubled as a ballroom when circumstances demand it.
If these walls could talk, indeed.