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Abode & Beyond

Ray Dennison | May 29, 2018 | Feature Features National

Despite one of the most costly natural disasters in U.S. history, Houston's real estate market is rebounding and stronger than ever. Here's the scoop on what's climbing to the top.
Views from the Cosmopolitan's penthouse take in Downtown, Memorial Park, Greenway Plaza and the Galleria.

Up in the Air
Cranes dot the skyline, and Houston looks more like Legoland each day. Here’s the city’s most expensive move-in-ready penthouse.

Listed for $7.5 million, the penthouse at the Cosmopolitan tops the list of the city’s most expensive completed high-rise listings. The nearly 8,000-square-foot, two-floor unit is perched atop the 23-story tower, completed by developer Randall Davis in 2008. Two private elevators open into the foyer and living room, and dramatic vistas include a straight-shot view of the Galleria and Williams Tower down Post Oak Boulevard. There are two kitchens—one for catering, of course—a wine room, four bedrooms, four full baths and two powder rooms. On the second floor, find a private party room and 1,000-square-foot deck with a garden, hot tub and entertaining areas. A private four-car garage is seperate from general parking, and building amenities include an infinity-edge pool, gym and 24-hour concierge service. It’s ideal for a lock-and-leave lifestyle, but with all it has to offer, why would anyone want to leave? 1600 Post Oak Blvd., Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Hollywood at Home
Controlling lights, window shades and alarm systems remotely is now a standard in the home tech industry, but private theaters to rival Imax still remain the ultimate luxury. “[They] start at $50,000 and can quickly rise to more than $100,000 for custom seating, acoustic treatments, and premium speakers and electronics,” says Ryan Miller of Refined Systems, one of Houston’s top home tech installation companies. For the ultimate experience, Miller turns to Kaleidescape, an entertainment player that delivers visual and audio qualities better than most commercial theaters. Now, the company is in talks with major Hollywood studios with plans to start delivering films to homes the same day as their theatrical release. Popcorn not included.


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