The MacGregor Way mansion built for the family of Houston grocery pioneer Joseph Weingarten went up for sale last week, providing Houston oldtimers and other more recent converts to old-school real estate ogling a first opportunity to confirm or contradict their suspicions about what the interior of the once-proud 1939 Joseph Finger-designed estate looks like in its . . . uh, unattended state.
The listing photos don’t disappoint, providing an air of grandeur to the vast interiors — peeling paint, leaky window units, rumpled carpet and all. Better yet, the 4-bedroom, 5,480-sq.-ft. property on 4.73 acres (most of them in the 100-year floodplain) has no deed restrictions or historical protections, which sets the Brays Bayou-side perch in Riverside Terrace as the latest scene of a no-schemes-barred Houston-style bidding-and-bitching rumble. (Multiple offers have already been submitted by developers eager to scrape the home and carve up the property into separate homesites).
Listing agent Kelly Paul tells the Chronicle‘s Nancy Sarnoff that at least one potential buyer has expressed interest in restoring the mansion, however.
The family of real estate mogul George Lavinghousez, who hung onto the home for 46 years until his death last year, put the property up for sale along with the 1950 ranch home next door.
For the Weingarten Mansion at 4000 S. MacGregor Way, the asking price is $2.25 million; for the 1.5-acre property next door at 3932 S. MacGregor, they’re asking $500,000, but that listing doesn’t include any interior photos:
- 4000 S. MacGregor Way [HAR]
- 3932 S. MacGregor Way [HAR]
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