Legendary Lawyer Richard Mithoff’s Contemporary Treehouse is Asking $19.5M

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A stunning contemporary treehouse that provides tranquility in the midst of Houston, Texas, is on the market for $19.5 million, Mansion Global reported.

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Sited on over 5 acres of lush vegetation that slopes toward the Buffalo Bayou river, the house gracefully and unobtrusively inserts itself in the landscape. Designed by Texas architect, Howard Barnstone, and his business partner Eugene Aubrey the house resembles the personalities of its first owners–Houston entrepreneur-financier John Maher and his wife Lois.

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As a result, Barnstone constructed a building with “two masses”–a front entry and family spaces, including five bedrooms; and a back portion of a huge living-dining room. It is this part, with its 55-foot-long steel-and-glass design, that gives the impression that the 11,670-square-foot residence is suspended among the trees.

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Richard Mithoff, a prominent personal injury lawyer, and his wife Ginni purchased the property in the mid-1990s. In the years to follow, although they kept the residence’s original layout, they covered the brick exterior with stucco, upgraded the kitchen, replaced the floors with hardwood, and added several glass doors at the front.

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The Mithoffs also commissioned sculptor, Jesus Moroles, to design a 16.5-foot granite fountain for the home’s entry and built a garage for Richard’s growing car collection.

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Now looking to downsize, the Mithoffs loved to entertain at the home, which often served as the setting for philanthropic and political gatherings.

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Comprising a guest house, a swimming pool, and a circular driveway, the residence at 2930 Lazy Lane is listed by Jeanne Marosis of John Daugherty Realtors.

Images courtesy of Rob Muir / Stevens PR Group

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