Some of you may be ready for a refresher: What does a $5 million teardown look like again? Here’s one answer: It looks a lot like a very large lot in a tony neighborhood that doesn’t like the land, at least, to be chopped into smaller pieces.
This 1962 estate on more than 3.3 acres in Sherwood Forest, designed by Houston society architect John Staub, showed up in Swamplot’s Daily Demolition Report this morning, which means it received a demo permit on Friday. The permit report identifies the owner as developer Giorgio Borlenghi, but HCAD records indicate Borlenghi sold the property in October 2007 to an entity known as ALV Interests, Ltd.
Only 2 months after that sale, the 7,334-sq.-ft. home went on the market — at $6 million. And it’s still listed, now for $1 million less. Though these photos, included with the listing, now might be slightly out of date:
Nice piece of property, I hope something sensible is built there.
Something “sensible” (the house) is already there!
Lauren… I love this house. I’ve got to assume it will be replaced and hope the builder puts up something respectful of the property.
First comes the coffee table book, then the teardown. Hope the beautiful hardwoods make it to Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse.
It would be nice if something respectful of the property went up, but given Houston’s penchant for enormous Tuscan villas, I’m worried …
Why don’t they just dredge it in salmon colored stucco and add a turret or two?
I’ll never understand the vanity of people who tear down these beautiful homes to replace them with those pneumatic monstrosities. I just don’t get it.
Another piece of Houston history gone forever. And a John Staub house on Friar Tuck Lane no less.