After three-and-a-half years of construction (my favorite phase of it was when they did a complete floor-by-floor gut and the building was a hulking see-through shell for a bit), The River Oaks, the iconic Cameron Fairchild-designed 1960s high-rise residence, has been completely reimagined to “evoke the elegant, contemporary and sophisticated lifestyle reflective of Houston’s most prestigious neighborhood.”
While most developers would add residences or create multiple towers, developer Arel Capital took a different approach. They preserved the “bones” of the historic building, then reduced the number of original residences and expanded floor plans to include a variety of unique offerings, such as two-story garden residences and penthouses with an optional private pool, while retaining the integrity of the legacy building.
The transformed luxury building for “vertical estate living” includes a stunning lobby, two resort-style pools surrounded by beautiful sitting gardens, an entire amenities floor including massage and yoga rooms, pet-grooming spa, outdoor kitchen, dog park, two overnight guest suites and a private indoor dining room with adjacent catering kitchen and party room.
The interiors and furnishing were selected by the internationally renowned architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet — with the end result being a modernist point of view that allows the outside to flow seamlessly inside so that interior and exterior space are one. Luxurious finishes include Calacatta marble countertops, freestanding bathtubs, Gaggenau appliances and Poggenpohl cabinets that complement the dark emollients, hardwoods and rich limestone.
Residence sizes range from 2,724 to 6,541sf. You can snap up a 6,200sf penthouse on the 19th floor with 14-foot ceilings and a 1,700sf terrace for $7.5 million. Pricing for the rest of the units starts at $1.8 million. You had better act quickly, because 80% of the building is already sold, and only 17 residences remain.
Ready to make your move? Visit www.theriveroaks.com for sales information and floor plans.