When designer Tony Frederick and builder Tynes Sparks joined forces for their project in Houston, they outdid themselves. The unique brick-and-glass residence they created sits in seclusion beyond gates and a circular drive and, glowing anew after a major update in 1997, remains one of the distinguished landmarks of River Oaks. Styled to savor spectacular views of a radiant swimming pool, romantic arbor, and lush ravine, room after room of quiet splendor evokes elegance with soaring glass, beautiful oak and pine floors, precious marble, and finely crafted custom millwork. The beamed living room is an oasis of calm and sophistication with its formal French fireplace and luxuriant garden vistas. Another highlight, the dramatic den captures the outdoors through a tall wall of glass. Styled for serious cooking, the kitchen enjoys a granite island. Also on the main level are a guest bedroom and the master bedroom, appointed with generous his-and-her baths. Upstairs, game and media rooms and four additional bedrooms bestow the same graciousness on the rest of the family and their guests.

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