Stylish Properties Outside of St. Louis

Chic Contemporary Château in Houston | 9111 Memorial Drive | $8,500,000

This striking 8,159-square-foot estate—designed by celebrated interior architect Lauren Rottet and built in 2013—re-envisions a French country château through a modern lens.

Exemplifying crisp contemporary design, the lines of its façade are softened by handsome rustic materials, from reclaimed wood to Texas limestone and clay roof tiles imported from France.

Elegant entertaining is clearly a priority here, given that the public spaces occupy a sizeable portion of the inviting floor plan. 

A path winds toward the entrance through a tranquil courtyard, beside an august limestone garden wall and a 30-foot reflecting pool.

Expanses of Crittall windows framed in steel embrace the open living areas, offering an uninterrupted view of the compelling backyard, swimming pool, and spa.

In the handsome formal dining room, a dramatic 700-bottle wine-storage wall takes center stage.

Sturdy stone blocks, eye-catching fireplace surrounds, and deeply hued hardwood floors create a sophisticated air here and in the formal living room.

The palette is soothing, subdued, and more casual in the media or family room, which looks out toward a covered alfresco entertaining area with a built-in grill and a fireplace.

Adjoining is the impeccably appointed kitchen, where subtle touches—among them a La Cornue range and reclaimed 200-year-old beams—bring to mind a retreat in the French countryside.

A vision in warm wood, the library or study is appointed with plentiful shelving and opens to a private courtyard—one of several that envelop the home—with a water feature.

Among the five bedrooms, the master suite is both serene and chic, the motif of steel-framed glass continuing and giving way to a private balcony.

The accompanying bath is a bastion of refined modern style with a window-side soaking tub, a spacious glass-walled shower, and rich wood surfaces creating a welcoming touch.

Hidden on the third level is a vibrant rooftop terrace with covered and open-air living spaces, a wet bar, and a warming fire pit.

Other highlights include a recreation and card room, a Savant audio-video system, and a climate-controlled three-car garage with a lift.

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