If you’re looking for your Batman Wayne Manor moment, then a secluded and mysterious new mansion that recently hit the Houston market for the first time might be up your alley.
The Romanov Estate, a nine-acre residential compound in the city’s affluent Hunters Creek Village community, launched its international marketing campaign this week with the Dallas-based Icon Global Group.
Many details about the estate remain under wraps, but a collection of images and a brief video provide a glimpse into the 22,000-square-foot home.
A moat fed by the Buffalo Bayou surrounds three sides of the estate, while the Houston Country Club buffers the lot, according to the property’s press release. A 3,500-square-foot guest lodge also occupies the land in its own private five-acre setting.
The property’s exterior architecture is said to have been influenced by the Richardsonian Romanesque style, along with design features inspired by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. The exterior is built using hand-cut limestone from Indiana.
Construction took six years, and was briefly halted when all available limestone from Indiana’s Bybee quarries was redirected by the United States government to the rebuilding of the Pentagon following the 9/11 attacks, the press release explains. The home was completed in 2005.
Interior elements personally selected by the client were sourced from across Europe. Custom and hand-built finishes, including a wrought iron elevator, interior railings and chandeliers, are also part of the home.
From the brief marketing video, it appears that the property also provides ample garage parking for all of your luxury vehicles, as well as water features that dot the grounds.
“This is without question one of the most expensively built, tasteful and well-designed compounds ever built in Texas or nationally for that matter that I have seen and as a result, it follows, and I fully expect, that it will set a new benchmark in residential luxury sales well north of any Houston sale to date,” said Bernard Uechtritz, founder and owner of Icon Global Group, in the press release.
No price has been disclosed for the compound. Appointments to view the property are said to be by invitation only, after the prospective buyer has met specific criteria and completed a vetting process to ensure the privacy of the future owner.
“We reserve the right to show it by invitation only, and only after criteria is met,” said Uechtritz in the release. “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.”