A Houston mega-mansion constructed for a Saudi Arabian prince within the Nineteen Eighties has hit the market, asking $19 million.
The 23,800-square-foot house’s present proprietor — the son of the previous deputy prime minister of Lebanon — has listed the house for a $1 million low cost from its unique $20 million price ticket.
If the trendy 10-bedroom, 11 ½-bathroom mansion sells, it should be Houston’s most costly residential sale on the general public market in not less than 5 years, in accordance with Redfin knowledge.
The house was in-built 1986 for Saudi Arabian Prince Abdul Faisal, the son of the late King Faisal, who dominated Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. The prince traveled to Houston for business actual property investments and needed a house for his travels there, the Wall Street Journal first reported.
“He [the prince] was meticulous. I didn’t know him, but it is clear he just wanted them to do it right — and the quality was just amazing,” the present proprietor, Nijad Fares, advised The Post. Fares is the son of the previous deputy prime minister of Lebanon, Issam Fares.
The 12-foot, double-bronze entrance door opens to a 60-foot polished-marble entry corridor with 40-foot ceilings, in accordance with a press launch.
Above a floating brass staircase hangs a multi-story crystal chandelier, which Fares and his spouse purchased at an vintage store in London and had reshaped to suit the home, he advised The Post.
“The chandelier was our first big purchase that my wife and I made when we got married,” mentioned Fares, who mentioned his favourite reminiscence in the home was strolling by means of the entrance doorways after they introduced their youngest son house after his delivery.
The lobby divides the principle flooring into two sections — the regal, formal facet and the comfy, casual facet.
The formal facet has a palatial sitting room; a proper, 40-seat eating room; an industrial eat-in kitchen; and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, in accordance with the press launch.
The regal sitting room has polished marble flooring, tray ceilings, gold-colored crown moldings and 18th-century-style furnishings, images present.
“We’ve had many people here, including several mayors of Houston. It is always special,” Fares mentioned.
The casual facet alongside the lobby has a wood-paneled library, a convention room and an open-concept media room with six built-in televisions and an informal eating space with a big skylight.
“There are so many nice, private family areas [even though] we love to do events and social entertaining,” Fares mentioned.
The main bed room suite has twin sleeping areas, twin loos and twin sitting areas, plus a gymnasium, a sauna and a number of other balconies.
Photos present that a number of of the bedrooms have been decked out in Pinterest-worthy, themed youngsters’s decor. One has a blue-striped ceiling and a panorama mural, whereas one other bed room’s mural depicts jungle animals driving a small, pink truck. Other bed room suites are sometimes utilized by company, Fares mentioned.
“All of the en suite bedrooms upstairs allow us to have family over,” he mentioned. “All in all it’s just a perfect place.”
Outside, the Buffalo Bayou creates a pure border on the fringe of the three.1-acre lot, which provides lined patios, a playground and a gazebo with a Benihana (hibachi) grill.
“I love — love — Benihana. It’s great for entertaining. A chef comes out to cook for us. It is great fun,” Fares mentioned.
The property’s 60-foot swimming pool has a blue-tiled, five-tier waterfall, a sizzling tub, a diving board and a cabana with recreation and cooking area.
“The grounds are so beautiful. There are so many sitting areas outside,” Fares mentioned.
The home was first listed for $20 million in November 2018 and was relisted final week, asking $18,995,000.
Compass dealer Michael Mahlstedt has the itemizing. Fares advised The Post he plans to downsize however will keep within the Houston space.
“Of our four children, three have left home. That is one of the big reasons we want to downsize. They are off to school and work. The other boy is 12 years old, so soon enough, he is going to be done. But we love the city,” Fares mentioned.