If this West U mansion on Buffalo Speedway brings to mind a game of Clue, chalk it up to its interior layout — and its inadvertent role in a jewelry pilfering attempt by a house-hunting poseur earlier this year.
As with the classic board game, the listing identifies each room by its function. There’s a Music Room. A Loggia. Even a Billiards Room. It was in a Bedroom back in January, however, that an unassuming early guest at an open house allegedly rummaged through a jewelry drawer. He left quickly and empty-handed, but firstÂ “body-slammed” the sales agent who had interrupted him. An account of the incident that appeared in the Village News at the time (no longer online, unfortunately) said the perp, believed to have been working high-end open houses in 2 cities, was quickly ID’d, due in part to a fast-and-furious word-of-mouth campaign among Houston-area Realtors to name him and flush-out his whereabouts — and to remind fellow agents to be careful when showing properties.
The upshot? Don’t be surprised one of these days if you’re asked to show an ID and pose for a cell phone photo at a slightly less open open house. No ID required for this tour, though:
Built to oil boom scale and sensibilities, the 1981 mansion channels the opulence of even earlier economic heydays. Interior finishes include marble, granite, and carved woodwork, such as the kinda Corinthian columns. Accents, meanwhile, include antique and stained glass, wooden tiles, mother-of-pearl, Waterford chandeliers, and hand-painted Gracie panels.
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
The Family Room:
The Morning Room:
The Music Room:
The 8-bath home has 5-7 bedrooms, including this extra master bedroom downstairs:
Meanwhile, upstairs, there’s an extra kitchen:
The Billiards Room:
And the Game Room:
The ceiling upstairs has this focal point:
The master bedroom upstairs measures 39 ft. by 20 ft. and has a wood-burning fireplace:
The Dressing Room:
One of the other bathrooms:
On part of the nearly half-acre lot, a lazy river off the saltwater pool winds beneath a footbridge and past a gazebo and grotto with waterfall.
The home’s asking price dropped last month to $2,550,000, and again last weekend to $2,495,000. That’s down more than $350,000 from last November, when the home was re-listed. A previous listing had sought $2,950,000 for six months, starting about a year ago.
- 6339 Buffalo Speedway [HAR]