A reader with a longstanding appreciation for the party house at the corner of Harold and Graustark in Montrose writes in to provide a little background on the property for Swamplot readers. After sitting on the market since at least last September — and working its way down $130K to an asking price of $514,900 — the mammoth early-eighties brick in-town home with 4 bedrooms, 4 full- and 3 half-baths, and 4 staircases is now nearing the end of an online foreclosure auction. Who will end up with this 9,111-sq.-ft. prize?
The house is large and an odd mixture of no expense spared features (marble floors throughout, wood floors cut on bias, acres of woodworkâ€¦) and typical early 80â€™s tract home construction techniques. Design features include the dance floor off the master bedroom (complete with freestanding bar and speakers in the wall!), brass banisters on the winding marble staircase, scads of quick exit staircases and mirrors on the ceiling of every shower.
Oooh! Can we see any of that in the pix?
Alas the shifting soils of Houston may do this one in as evidenced by the crumbling portions of the faÃ§ade. Spectacular amounts of money were spent for what was no doubt the address in Montrose for all sorts of debauchery. My wife and I agreed we were jealous of every single person who partied there. Huge kitchen, enormous closets for hundreds of kimonos and size twelve platforms, conveniently placed gimp room! If walls could talk we would be all ears because that house has some stories.
Somebody buy it and return it to its former glory. We will mix up a batch of Cosmos and bring the Gloria Gaynor.