Welcome to 3229 Groveland Lane, a magnificent Georgian Revival estate with a 7,098 sq. ft. home resting on a 51,000 sq. ft. lot. The estate was designed by Birdsall Briscoe and holds a City of Houston Historic Landmark designation.
French doors and jib windows in the living room and dining room overlook the stone patio and lawn. Jib windows may be raised to function as doors and provided excellent cross ventilation in the days prior to central air.
[Pavilion and Pool]
The pavilion, constructed in the style of the main house, was added in the last decade. The exquisite lawn-dropped pool was inspired by the Diana Pool at Bayou Bend, now a house museum of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
[Foyer - 17' x 13']
Groveland’s exquisite light-filled foyer, floored in restored white-oak parquet, is enhanced by delicate lead tracery in the glass front door and spiderweb transom.
[Formal Dining - 19' x 16']
The formal dining room is surrounded by splendidly restored vintage Gracie avian wallpaper, built-in corner cabinets with urn pediments, and jib windows that overlook the stone patio.
[Formal Living - 28' x 18']
Solid double doors open into the living room where a superbly carved antique marble fireplace anchors one wall and floor-to-ceiling, wood-sash jib windows overlook the front prospect and rear patios, lawn, and pool. The antique marble fireplace has contrasting marble inlay and ornately carved cherubs and architectural instruments. Open door at right leads into the solarium.
[Gallery - 34' x 7']
Fanciful Chinese-Chippendale wooden gates announce the sun-lit rear gallery floored in terrazzo inlaid with black granite rondels. The gallery’s impressive, mahogany paneled, fully equipped bar overlooks the expansive rear lawn and breezeway and includes a cigar humidor, television niche, chiller, and icemaker.
[Gallery Full Bar - 7' 10" x 6']
This view of the gallery reveals the mahogany-paneled full bar with a cigar humidor, television niche, chiller, and icemaker. French doors open to a path to the pavilion.
[Formal Dining - 19' x 16"]
This view of the dining room reveals the splendid Chinese-Chippendale wooden gates that grace the entrance into the gallery. More of these gates are installed in the one of the primary bathrooms and in a guest suite.
[Kitchen - 16' x 14']
The thoroughly modern, inviting, and professionally equipped gathering kitchen offers Viking appliances and granite countertops, and serves well for casual entertaining. The glass door at rear opens to the outdoor summer kitchen.
[Butlers Pantry - 14' x 7']
From the kitchen, a custom-designed door and interior window access the butler’s pantry, designed as a caterer’s set up with abundant counter space and storage, warming drawers, sink, chillers, and a dishwasher.
[Kitchen - 16' x 14' 10"]
An alternate view of the kitchen reveals the full-size Viking side-by-side refrigerator and freezer and the dining shelf on the island.
[Breakfast Room - 11' 10" x 9' 9"]
The breakfast room has a built-in banquette beneath a bay window. Note built-in shelving with television niche.
[Library - 19' x 13']
The library’s hand-painted ceiling paper and custom cabinetry with gold-leaf accents are attributed as the 1950s creations of either New York designers Eleanor McMillen Brown or Sister Parish.
[Library - 19' x 13' 10"]
A jewel-like petite fireplace in the library has a marble surround and hearth.Book cases have brass wire fronts.
[Solarium - 17' 10" x 13']
Adjacent to the living room, the solarium features jib windows, a marble floor, faux marble pilasters, and a cove ceiling, and overlooks the reflecting pool and garden.
[Gallery - 34' x 7']
A closer view of the Chinese Chippendale wooden gates at the entrance to the gallery.
[Primary Bedroom - 17' 11" x 17' 10"]
An antique bookcase with a television mount and a marble fireplace grace the primary bedroom. Open door at left reveals one of two primary bathrooms.
[Primary Dressing Room #1 - 18' x 11' 10"]
Elegant wardrobe cabinets impart a touch of luxury to this closet, one of two closets that serve the primary suite.
[Primary Bathroom #1 - 21' x 7']
This lovely bathroom is accented with rose marble and includes a custom designed faucet.
[Primary Bathroom Vanity Area]
This vanity table has side mirrors and overlooks the grounds.
Master Dressing Room #2 - 16' x 13' 9"
[Primary Bathroom #2 - 10' 10" x 9']
Rich marble accents the second primary bathroom.
[Primary Suite Coffee Bar - 11' 11" x 6']
This welcome coffee bar adjoins the primary bedroom and has a concrete countertop, concrete sink, and under-counter refrigerator.
[Bedroom 2 - 18' x 14']
This secondary bedroom is en suite.
[ 2 - 18' x 14']
An alternate view of bedroom 2 reveals the bed alcove with shelving .
[Bedroom 2 En Suite Bath - 9' x 8']
Note bookmatched marble wall in tub shower and etched glass vessel sink.
[ Guest Suite / Bedroom 3 - 15' x 11']
Located at the end of the upstairs hall, this guest suite features more of the Chinese Chippendale doors.
[Guest Suite / Bedroom 3 - 15' x 11']
This bedroom has access to a stone balcony overlooking the grounds.
[Guest Suite / Bedroom 3 Bath - 8' x 7']
Rose marble-clad bathroom with bookmatched marble walls.
[3rd Story Gameroom - 34' x 17']
Superb flexible space on the third floor lends itself for use as a gameroom, playroom, or fourth bedroom suite with a full bathroom.
[3rd Story Full Bath - 9' 9" x 5' 9"]
[Carriage House / Garage / Apartment]
The motor court with detached 4-car carriage house / garage and guest / staff apartment (second floor).
[Guest Apartment Living Room - 13' 11" x 13' 10"]
Original cypress paneling and an antique English fireplace enhance the apartment's living space.
[Guest Apartment Bedroom - 13' 9" x 11' 11"]
[Guest Apartment Bath - 7' 11" x 6']
[Main House 2nd Story Hall]
["Diana" pool and "Raffles" - inspired pavilion.
[Pavilion Lounge / Dining Room - 13' 10" x 11']
Rich mahogany millwork, an antique bar de beaucaire limestone floor, and a massive carved wood fireplace contribute to the room's fin-de-siècle appeal.
[Pavilion Full Bar - 13' 10" x 11']
Referred to as the "Raffles Bar" in homage to the fabled Raffles Bar in Singapore, the full bar in the pavilion features mahogany paneling and cabinetry and an antique bar de beaucaire limestone floor.
A view of the rear grounds with pool and pavilion.
[Reflecting Pool and Garden]
This contemplative garden and reflecting pool adjoin the solarium.
[Rear grounds with pool and lawn.]
A sweeping, circular drive travels up to the front entrance. Note magnificent oak tree, one of many on the grounds of this estate.
[Aerial view of the property]
A view of the pool taken from the 2nd-floor guest room balcony.
This outdoor gathering space offers a fully-equipped kitchen near both the main kitchen and the pavilion.
The lawn-dropped, "Diana" pool is surrounded by terraced lawn.
[An aerial view of the property with its relation to the surrounding area]