A perennial contender for the dubious honor of Houston’s gaudiest mansion may be trying to shake its claim to the title. The mansion at 12930 Memorial Dr. is back on the market this month for at least the sixth time in 5 years — and back down to an asking price of $1.5 million, after a 2014 upward jump and subsequent slow decline. Ownership of the house was traded back and forth between Costello family members until an April sale to an entity called Triple Gate Investments; the new sellers seem to be aiming for a more understated presentation. In this round of listing photos, all but a few of the house’s 11,760 sq. ft. have been stripped of furniture, chandeliers, and giant high-heel statuary, allowing distraction-free contemplation of the colorful interior.
Even the apply-your-own-head wildlife has been reset to its original state:
The 4-tiered chandelier looks to be missing as well — a quick look at it from a previous listing:
The mermaid on the shower is still intact . . .
. . . as is her non-marine bathroom companion:
The ground-floor walk-in closet includes a storage island and built-in shelving, as well as a display-ready window:
The house contains 5 more bathrooms (plus an extra half:)
A few wall fixtures remain in one of the 5 bedrooms:
And a few of the smaller chandeliers are still hanging around:
- 12930 Memorial Dr. [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: Additional Amazing Details from the Memorial Plaza House of More, Back on the Market for $2.25 Million; Fan Favorite in Black and White: Is This Really the Gaudiest House in Houston?