In 1972, a whole bunch of Hollywood guys hit Houston. They were there to shoot the movie The thief who came to dinnera comedy/romance about a guy who quits his job as a computer programmer to become a jewel thief.
The cast, led by Ryan O’Neal, toured a series of Bayou City locations, including, among many others, the Johnson Space Center, the Astrodome, Jones Hall and 3940 Inverness Drive., a sprawling country club-like mansion in River Oaks that’s now on the market for $8.9 million. This is listing by Walter Bering of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.
Situated on nearly three acres in the heart of River Oaks, the luxury home spans over 11,000 square feet, with five bedrooms, seven full and four half baths, three fireplaces, a butler’s pantry , fountains and a tennis court with its own gallery seating.
This home could easily be mistaken for a resort and spa. It is thanks to all the conveniences that allow its owners to retreat to a world of their own, far from the daily hustle and bustle of the city.
Offering the feeling of living in a lush forest, 3940 Inverness Dr. maximizes its setting. Curving stairs lead from the second story balconies to the pool and courtyard. Large windows offer a view of the shaded grounds.
Outside, a pavilion with its own kitchen stretches along the backyard, making it an ideal gathering place during patio season. Paved pathways meander through the property, past the pool, tennis court, and lush landscaping.
Inside, endless luxuries come big and small. Curved archways, built-in bookshelves, massive closets that double as walk-in closets, an enormous master bathroom with a tub and separate shower, marble floors, a formal living room, and sweeping views. The lower level offers ample space for casual living, including a perfect spot for a game room, with its own wet bar and fireplace.
A sizzling selling point is that 3940 Inverness Dr. once served as a movie set. Its new owners will certainly have the impression of living like movie stars in this magnificent house.