Sprawling Houston estate has stunning architecture, perfect for entertaining


It is important to take a moment for a culture lesson before describing the charm and craftsmanship of the Houston mansion on Wickwood Drive. The year is 2018 and the term “cottagecore” has just been coined by young, hip internet users who have an affinity for idealizing rural life. Imagine living in an idyllic countryside cottage a la Snow White.

The home at 11002 Wickwood Drive is cottagecore amplified. Even before stepping inside, the home’s exterior creates an otherworld experience thanks to the latticed brickwork, lion-faced fountain and arched windows.

A view of the home's porte-cochere.

A view of the home’s porte-cochere.

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There is no lack of entertaining space. The six-bedroom home, with six full and five half-baths, has ample living and entertaining areas contained in its 14,228 square feet. The 1.77-acre lot sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in Piney Point Village. Recently reduced to $5,999,000, the home is listed by Laura Sweeney of Compass Real Estate.

The formal living room is a showstopper with a 21-foot double-height ceiling and decorative crown molding. The stone fireplace with carved stone mantle demonstrates the detail given to the home’s features. Arched leaded windows lend to the uniqueness of the home and give a glimpse of a large pool.

Across the hall is a charming library with adjustable shelves and a ladder for easy access. More delicate items can be stored in the illuminated display cabinet. The intricate elevated stone fireplace adds to the ambiance.

The formal living room has a 21-foot ceiling.

The formal living room has a 21-foot ceiling.

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The formal dining room connects to the formal living room.

The formal dining room connects to the formal living room.

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The libraries.

The libraries.

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For more informal gatherings or family nights, the den is a refined but cozy spot. A 15-foot vaulted cathedral ceiling with accent beams makes this more intimate space still as refined as the rest of the home. The box paneled accent wall has built-in storage for board games or other odds and ends, while a home office is both easily accessible and simple to close off thanks to double pocket doors. An informal dining room flows into both the den and the spacious kitchen. Imagine enjoying large breakfasts while taking in the view of the swimming pool and spa outside.

The den and informal dining room.

The den and informal dining room.

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An outdoor fireplace is located on the covered porch

An outdoor fireplace is located on the covered porch

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The main kitchen has a timeless aesthetic due to the marble countertops and stone backsplash. The island has an elevated wooden serving ledge that makes it easy to offer refreshments to those in the den or informal dining room. While the kitchen’s style would have suited Snow White, the appliances supersede 2022’s standards with a Subzero refrigerator, six-burner cooktop, dual ovens and dual dishwashers. A walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry are additional amenities. Separate from the kitchen is a wet bar that is accessible via two double-arched iron entry gates. A climate-controlled wine vault with glass doors provides a place to both store and display a wine collection. A soothing stone fountain behind the serving ledge is an elegant addition.

The kitchen island opens to the informal dining room and den.

The kitchen island opens to the informal dining room and den.

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The kitchen has custom knotty alder cabinetry.

The kitchen has custom knotty alder cabinetry.

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The wet bar.

The wet bar.

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Elaborate parties can be held at the conservatory lounge, which has its own wet bar with a dishwasher, beverage cooler and ice maker. Guests can open the french doors to the loggia (that is, a covered exterior gallery space) with its outdoor stone fireplace. A few steps down is the heated pool with rock fountains and infinity edge. A spa is perched above. Around the corner is the private putting course.

The conservatory with separate kitchen.

The conservatory with separate kitchen.

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The pool is heated for year-round swimming.

The pool is heated for year-round swimming.

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A view of the pool.

A view of the pool.

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The spa and pool with rock waterfalls.

The spa and pool with rock waterfalls.

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The private putting green.

The private putting green.

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The downstairs game room is the place to play with its four wall-mounted televisions and custom mural. The game room opens into the media room. Enjoy a classic film or binge the latest reality series thanks to the projection system. Skip the movie theater—this media room has a carpeted floor and elevated seating space for the ultimate viewing experience. It is easy to whip up snacks or have a private chef for gatherings with the attached catering kitchen.

The game room has a media room connected.

The game room has a media room connected.

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The primary suite is located on the first floor and has its own sitting room. The 16-foot cathedral ceilings with accent beams make this one of the most sophisticated bedrooms in Houston.

The primary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling.

The primary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling.

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The primary bathroom.

The primary bathroom.

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The upper floors of the home have three guest suites and a game room on the second floor in addition to a third-floor bedroom. For guests who need more privacy—or perhaps an employee—there is a separate guest apartment with its own indoor and outdoor access.

The second floor landing

The second floor landing

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The bathroom of the guest apartment.

The bathroom of the guest apartment.

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One of the guest suites on the second floor.

One of the guest suites on the second floor.

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11002 Wickwood Drive in Houston, Texas.

11002 Wickwood Drive in Houston, Texas.

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The bayou flows behind the 1.7+ acres.

The bayou flows behind the 1.7+ acres.

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Aerial view of the Houston estate.

Aerial view of the Houston estate.

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