Fashion designer Tina Knowles put her Houston estate on the market this week — just days after the London Fashion Week launch of her and daughter Beyonce’s House of Deréon International Collection at Selfridges. Coincidence? Yeah, more than likely. The fashion line of women’s clothing and bedding is named after Knowles’s mother and Beyonce’s grandmother, Galveston seamstress Agnèz Deréon (later Agnèz Beyincé). Knowles founded the House of Dereon line with her daughter in 2004 — the same year she bought this property in the gated Memorial-area neighborhood of Farnham Park off San Felipe, west of Voss.
Boasting 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, and the sort of charming, quasi-institutional exterior that could only have sprung from the 1970s, the home is listed at a dollar under $3.5 million. Inside, it’s been done up this way:
The main living space has a wall of windows facing the back yard, with a dining area 2 steps up on the left and a formal living area 2 steps up on the right.
The kitchen and family room are connected too:
In all: 8,885 sq. ft. And then there’s the rocking little bit in back, with a storybook pool and poolhouse, and a rolling yard that overlooks Buffalo Bayou, all under carefully retouched skies:
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If that’s what you call designer I pass!
That’s actually one of the better interiors we’ve seen in a high end house lately.
Someone went to the tent sale at Noel…
say what you will about the interior, but that pool is awesome. i’m a sucker for little bridges.
I went to a party in this house in the late 80’s(?) Great pool and back yard however, the house felt like a high end Ramada Inn
Are those remuddled Corinthian columns structural?
Barf… Truly tasteless !!!!
My first impression of this home was, “So much drapery!” That’s because there is so much glazing to address/cover.
This home is block-ish and big, full of itself, but, that was the ’70s.
Gaudy? Rich? Outsized?
Yes indeed, though I think it’s a wonderful metaphor of Houston:
A late 20th century explosion of wealth, importance and liveability in an otherwise hostile natural environment.
Most windows in 1970’s homes don’t open at all, as if petroleum-powered climate control was an American right.
Where are the white servant’s quarters?
Who does all those windows?
Shwaghag (#5) made me laugh. And it takes a lot to make me laugh.
I’ve been to Noel twice in my life, each time saying “yes, it’s 99% tacky and oversized, but certainly with the generally high quality of their makers, something here has to be the needle in the haystack???”
Then, 20 minutes later, I find myself looking for hand sanitizer, unusually irritated by salespeople, and out the door feeling silly for trying.
Awesome oool area and bayou waterfront. But ye Gods, what is up with the decor and walls of the bathrooms? The kitchen is too dark and solemn for my taste. The interiors in other places are not that bad actually. The exterior though? If I saw it from the road I would think it was an office building, not a home. I shudder to think how long it would take to clean the windows.
er….that should be awesome POOL area.
“as if petroleum-powered climate control was an American right.”
What’s up with that baby bed?
Definitely one of those homes that would show better unfurnished…
@ Matt – Dunno. Unfurnished, it would REALLY look like a suburban office park.
Considering the fashion that the Knowles ladies have spawned, that interior is downright restrained. I clicked through expecting sequins, spangles, booty-short length bedskirts and low cut swags and all I get is a few carved bedposts???
Big time suburban office park.
That sitting area by the fireplace looks familiar – is that where they filmed the commercial with the band members/family opening up all their gifts from Wal-Mart?
Wow, good eye Hellsing!
It’s Armageddon by the looks of the sky in those photoshopped outdoor pics. Run for your lives – the curtains are coming!