The classical mathematical ratio known as Golden Mean has been observed and studied since the days of ancient Greek mathematicians, and throughout history it has been applied to create harmonious, aesthetically pleasing, organically inspired art and buildings that are thoroughly and precisely in proportion. The influence of the Golden Ratio is undeniable in the architecture and design of this 9,922-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired home, tucked amid stately trees in Houston’s Tanglewood, one of the city’s most exclusive, desirable, and bucolic neighborhoods.
Beyond imported antique entry doors is a main floor featuring generously proportioned living and entertaining areas. Chief among them is a living room where the power of the Golden Mean is in full sway. Hallmarks include a soaring ceiling, plaster walls, a striking wall of antiqued brick, a built-in entertainment center, and archways opening to the idyllic back courtyard. A grand arch gives way to the kitchen, where Tuscan tile details, reclaimed wood ceiling beams, and herringbone-patterned terra-cotta tile floors further the sense of classicism and Old World flair. Not that modern comforts and conveniences have been disregarded, of course: appointments include a 60-inch Viking Professional range with dual ovens, 36-inch refrigerator and freezer “towers,” a warming drawer, a built-in microwave, and a thoughtful walk-in pantry. The breakfast room opens to an enviable air-conditioned loggia equipped with a built-in grill, a television, a refrigerator, and a fireplace. More columned archways here offer a glimpse of a placid swimming pool with deck jets. Nearby is a formal dining room with a striking groin vaulted ceiling and an adjoining butler’s bar and wine room. The living room’s dual-sided fireplace is shared by a sitting room with a cocktail bar, beyond which is a handsome library with 18-foot ceilings, an upper-level mezzanine, and doors to a private garden with a fountain.
Also on the main level is the 1,150-square-foot primary suite, which features regal hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, and doors to an eastern garden. In the opulent primary bath—topped by a trio of groin vaults and chandeliers—are dual custom vanities, a luxurious soaking tub, and a spacious shower. The suite’s pair of walk-in closets boast glass-front cabinetry for shoes and other items as well as pull-down hanging rods that help maximize storage space.
Two sets of stairs and a convenient elevator offer access to the upper levels. On the second floor are four delightful guest bedrooms, a 300-square-foot gym with a mirrored wall and en suite bath, a media room with a projector, and a game room with a refrigerator, an icemaker, a microwave, and multiple televisions. With its bedroom, en suite bath, flexible living space, and wet bar, the third floor is ideal for long-term visitors, in-laws, or an au pair. This home truly does exemplify the harmonious, satisfying nature of the Golden Mean, with no need, desire, or convenience overlooked.