Houston ‘compound’ is the most expensive home for sale in Texas at $60 million

The ultimate “compound” is now available for purchase in Houston’s elite Hunters Creek for $60 million—complete with moat.

The Lodge in Hunters Creek is the most expensive residential listing in the state. The 22,000-square-foot house sits atop an elevated nine acres with a 3,500-square-foot guest lodge and separate staff quarters.

The home is described as “Richardsonian Romanesque,” an architectural style that includes arches, columns, and cylindrical towers. “Compound” is another fitting descriptor as the home is only accessible via a private, secured gate and surrounded on three sides by a “moat” created by Buffalo Bayou, which curves around the property.

The Lodge at Hunters Creek in Houston

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You won’t find the estate on HAR, the Texas home search site; this is a private listing with information only found on the website of the broker, Icon Global. “This is for exclusive people with a very high price point,”  Bernard Uechtritz, Icon Global’s owner, says. “It’s not for the first-time homebuyer.”

Privacy isn’t the only appealing part of this expansive estate. The home has a handwrought iron elevator so you can traverse the 22,000 square feet without completely exhausting yourself. Energy efficiencies and embedded technology have been added to the home since it was completed in 2005, according to the listing site. 

The Richardsonian Romanesque-style home features arches and columns.

The Richardsonian Romanesque-style home features arches and columns.

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Harris County appraised the home for a little more than $10 million in 2021, but Uechtritz believes it couldn’t be built today for less than $100 million.

“Other homes don’t even come close to this world-quality craftsmanship,” he says. “You really feel like you’re in this massive manor from a fairy tale.”

Uechtritiz listed the walk-in fireplace from France, elevated master suite, secret passageways and detailed millwork as examples of what makes the estate unique. 

A handwrought iron elevator to travel easily.

A handwrought iron elevator to travel easily.

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Owner Colleen Romanov (listed in property records as Colleen Holthouse) hosted the Blues by the Bayou gala at the estate in 2016. According to Paper City, Romanov “took off on a year-long European tour, with two antique and interior design experts, on a substantial buying trip across Europe” to find antiques and fittings for the home. The home features carvings in wood, metal, and stone. There are even bronze buttons in certain rooms that were created specifically to control the lights.

If you were hoping to spend a Sunday touring the estate during an open house, you will have to settle for the video tour. Only those who can prove financial ability to purchase the $60 million home can tour it. Even with that cash on hand, don’t expect prospective buyers to share photos on social media—each person touring must sign a confidentiality agreement.

The owner purchased items on a European trip to outfit the home.

The owner purchased items on a European trip to outfit the home.

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As for who might be unloading their U-Haul at The Lodge one day, Uechtritz says he could envision someone in the entertainment industry—like Beyonce—or an athlete, or a CEO who can have his extended family stay in the 3,500-square-feet guest house during the holidays.

“I expect to show it less than a half dozen times, as the prospect pool who can afford or qualify for this is very shallow,” Uechtritz says.

Houston’s real estate prices have skyrocketed in recent years, with the second-most expensive Hunters Creek home currently listed for sale at $17,477,000. The 5-bedroom, 8-bathroom home with 11,290 square feet is listed for nearly 150 percent more than its 2021 listing price of $6,999,000. The  most recent Hunters Creek home sale took place in April with a listing price of $2.8 million.

The walk-in fireplace is located in the great room.

The walk-in fireplace is located in the great room.

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The Lodge at Hunters Creek in Houston

The Lodge at Hunters Creek in Houston

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An elaborate wood-carved banister.

An elaborate wood-carved banister.

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The estate sits on nine acres.

The estate sits on nine acres.

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The Lodge at Hunters Creek in Houston

The Lodge at Hunters Creek in Houston

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The house has a view of the Houston skyline.

The house has a view of the Houston skyline.

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The home is elevated high above the bayou to protect against flooding.

The home is elevated high above the bayou to protect against flooding.

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