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Houston Palace graces the market at $60 million as the most expensive listing in Texas

A Houston-area estate fit for a queen or a billionaire is being marketed for $60 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in Texas.

The main house of the inspirational castle Lodge at Hunter’s Creek, adjacent to Buffalo Bayou and Houston Country Club, spans 22,000 square feet. The nine-acre estate sits in Houston’s wealthiest ZIP code.

The listing went on sale last year, but with no asking price. Recently, Dallas-based Icon Global revealed the list price of $60 million.

“Our client recently requested that the domain be sold on the open market with the list price now that we have come through the pandemic well,” says Bernard Uechtritz, owner and founder of Icon Global. “The estate’s size, price and amenities place this property at the forefront of first-class properties offered nationally and among the best available in the country. It is certainly the crown jewel of the Texas market.

Formerly known as the Romanov Estate, the property includes a 3,500 square foot guesthouse and additional staff quarters. Highlights include a wrought-iron elevator, chandeliers, carved mahogany staircases, and space for up to seven cars.

Completed in 2005 after six years of construction, the tree-lined estate — constructed of steel, concrete, and Indiana limestone — is designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It features aspects inspired by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

The interior includes architectural elements chosen by the current owner, Colleen Romanov Holthouse, and shipped from Belgium, England, France and Italy.

“As an architect who has worked for over 35 years in the United States and several other countries around the world, I will tell you that the [estate] …is one of the most extraordinary homes you can see,” says architect Ken Newberry, who was hired by Holthouse to design the estate, in an Icon Global Press release.

In 2016, the estate hosted the Bayou Preservation Association’s 50th Anniversary Party.

Icon Global has shared some details about the domain, including its address. The cul-de-sac property, marketed to ultra-high net worth individuals, is behind security gates and equipped with other security measures.

“Given the likely profile, privacy and security requirements of a potential new owner, we only provide detailed interior specifications and other amenities to vetted, approved and invited prospects or brokers on a case-by-case basis” , says Uechtritz.

Anyone visiting the property must first sign a confidentiality agreement.

Uechtritz calls the estate “one of the costliest, sleekest, and best-designed resorts ever built in Texas or nationally for that matter….”