HOUSTON, TX — There are big, beautiful houses, and then there are ridiculously absurd houses. Some of the homes for sale are freakishly large and wickedly expensive. Here at Patch, we teamed up with our partners at realtor.com to narrow down the top five most expensive homes in Houston. Winning a local lottery would be just a down payment. Regardless, here are the most expensive homes for sale in Houston.

$30 million
100 Carnarvon100 Carnarvon Dr
Secluded 2.5 wooded acres, this Neoclassical, close-in Memorial-area chateau is a masterpiece of luxury and refinement surrounded by private, park-like grounds. The 27,000-plus square foot chateau is designed for elegant entertaining and the display of museum-quality art. Amenities include lavish gilt and delicately-wrought, hand painted detail; meticulously reproduced period moldings; white marble tile and inlaid, hand scraped hardwood floors; antique boiserie, chandeliers, and marble fireplaces. Expertly proportioned principle rooms include a gallery/reception hall, Versailles Room/salon, dining room, music room, east gallery hall, family room, sun room, and breakfast/informal dining room. The kitchen is elegant offering an island, extensive butler’s pantry, and an additional catering kitchen. The setting and architecture evoke the grandeur of Versailles and the art-filled mansions of Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

$16.5 million
6 W Rivercrest Dr
Palladian-style villa on approx. 3.7 fenced acres, custom designed and completed in 2017. Gated entry and circular drive provide parking for entertaining guests. Palatial entry with custom forged ironwork and double door entry opens to banquet-sized dining room and library. State-of-the-art kitchen features labradorite counters, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and is adjacent to a service kitchen, butler’s pantry and wine room. Den and formal living view acreage, pool and pavilion through expansive windows across the back of home. Master bedroom features expansive private terrace, dual baths, dressing rooms and custom couture-worthy closets, morning room and study. Two guest bedrooms on second floor have separate sitting areas off landing and master-sized attached baths. Air conditioned 4-car garage and 2 porte-cocheres. Casita or gym area on first floor with full bath. Convenient 3-bedroom guest house is elevator capable with dining room, living area, breakfast, full kitchen, game room, study, terrace and 1-car attached garage. The entertainment pavilion flows to pool area and has large island, bonus room and full bath. The resort-style pool features stepping stones leading to pergola, spa, stone columns and water curtain. Quarters above the stables are sheet rocked and plumbed. The 6-stall stable features vaulted beamed trusses and can be accessed via driveway and would make for an easy conversion for approx. 2,462 sq. ft. of car storage or an additional entertainment pavilion. Artisans have custom designed and created the stained glass windows, woodwork, cabinetry and stonework throughout the home. French oak floors in basket weave and herringbone patterns are complemented by bookend marble patterns in entry. Crestron home automation, automatic window shades, tankless water heaters and mosquito system provide convenient living. Exquisite stone selections throughout the home are unsurpassed. Approx. 6.5 miles from The Galleria.

$16.5 million

Situated behind the gates of prestigious Shadyside, this English Georgian-style home was first designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg and his protg, John Staub. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, it has been restored and updated throughout in a manner that complements its original grandeur and integrity. Nestled on approx. 1.7 acres in a park-like setting with magnificent live oak trees, landscaped gardens, pool, pool house and patio areas.

$15.9 million
1708 River Oaks Blvd
The Regency-Style home at 1708 River Oaks Boulevard recalls the glory of a 17th-century Parisian hotel particular. Superbly positioned on more than one acre, it is exquisitely constructed of Texas Cream limestone, cast stone and steel and offers greater than 14,000 square feet of rare opulence. A Tiffany¬ style glass domed ceiling; indoor heated pool, Las Cala marble flooring, hand-carved mahogany moldings; richly inlaid hardwood floors; crotch-cut mahogany paneling and doors; sumptuous marbles; and superbly rendered special finishes are only a few of this home’s extraordinary features. Equally impressive are electronic systems offering complete Creston Automated control of Lutron-based lighting systems, a distributed multi-zone audio system including three Sirius Satellite Tuners, All automated window shades, exterior gates, irrigation system, mosquito system, security system and multiple zones of HVAC. Anderson double-insulated windows and a commercial metal roof system.

$14.8 million
3229 Groveland Ln
Welcome to Groveland. This historically registered landmark estate exemplifies the timeless Regency design & classic proportions of celebrated architect Birdsall Briscoe. Situated on over an acre of impeccably landscaped grounds & enhanced by majestic oaks framing the regal exterior facade. Respectfully & immaculately restored by the current owner utilizing the finest materials resulting in numerous accolades & publication features. Estate boasts 3 dwellings w/ 5 gardens, including grand lawns.

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