Designed to grab the attention of passersby, 2414 Inwood Drive has been slowing down traffic since it was built. This pretty jewel box of a house, just five years old and located between Kirby and Chilton in River Oaks, is French inspired. Squint your eyes, and you can imagine a 16th-century Anjou manor home designed to provide privacy and protection from the outside world while affording every sweet comfort within.

To onlookers, the house presents a cream-colored façade encrusted with decorative flourishes, a gated circle drive with motor court and manicured plantings throughout the property. Inside, it is a brilliant combination of classic elegance and 21st century technology. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in abundant light, which practically glows as it strikes the gorgeous surfaces, including Carrara marble and Caesarstone countertops, Venetian plaster walls and gray-washed oak floors.

The home has had just one owner and is in excellent condition. It features an elevator, home automation system with in-wall iPad control, three fireplaces, climate-controlled wine storage for up to 300 bottles, three-car garage, high-end summer kitchen and a central vacuum system. In addition to its four (or five) bedrooms, there are spacious separate quarters over the garage. Price: $4,495,000

 

The Neighborhood

Founded by the Hogg Brothers and attorney Hugh Potter in the 1920s, River Oaks is Houston’s premier residential neighborhood, conveniently located close to the central business district and close to the main retail, medical and commercial areas of Houston. Property values have been protected and enhanced by strong deed restrictions, subdivision governance and architectural preservation. The subdivision, home to the River Oaks Country Club and numerous pocket parks, is patrolled by a 24-hour proprietary security service.

By the numbers at 2414 Inwood

Year built – 2015

House – 7,156 sf
Quarters – 800 sf
Lot – 12,510 sf

Kitchen – 17 x 15
Family room – 25 x 18
Dining room – 17 x 15
Living room – 18 x 16
Library – 17 x 14
Master bedroom – 17 x 14
Master sitting room – 15 x 15
Master bathroom – 16 x 11
Bedroom #2 – 17 x 12
Bedroom #3 – 16 x 15
Bedroom #4 – 15 x 14
Game room/bedroom #5 – 36 x 18
Den – 19 x 15
Utility room – 9 x 6