Living up to old adage of everything’s bigger in Texas, a $34.5 million, 17,405-square-foot mansion in Houston has become the most expensive single-family home for sale in the state.

Sitting on the billionaire block known as Lazy Lane, The Hines Villa at 2920 Lazy Lane Blvd hit the market earlier this month. A 9-acre ranch that sold in Austin in spring 2020 was originally listed for $38.9 million, but at the moment, there is no pricier house than this one for sale in the Lone Star State.

Houston real estate developer Gerald D. Hines enlisted famed architect Robert A.M. Stern to build the Mediterranean-style mansion in the early 1990s and lived in it up until his death at age 95 last August.

While the house itself is very large, it only has five bedrooms — the rest of the space is filled with a grand entryway leading onto a seating area full of art pieces and artifacts, a wood-paneled library, two kitchens, 11-and-a-half bathrooms and an attached apartment that can serve as a guesthouse.

The sprawling grounds include a tennis court with a spectator area, a swimming pool and ample landscaped areas featuring gardens, fountains and a trail that leads to the Bayou Bay water channel.

“You just get a sense of the outside even in the grand entertaining areas,” Cathleen Cagle, the Douglas Elliman agent representing the property, told “Doors open up into these beautiful gardens, so they tried to bring the outside in. You’ve got this very grand house, but you’ve got these very beautiful gardens — and they didn’t forget that in the design and conceptualization of the house.”

As the founder of the Hines real estate firm, Hines oversaw the firm’s growth into a company behind over 1,900 residential and commercial properties around the world. By the time of his death, the company owned over 679 million square feet of real estate and Hines himself was worth over $1 billion.

Over the last decade, Texas has seen some of the fastest growth and development in the country due to the number of highly-skilled professionals moving to the state for work. With ExxonMobil as the largest employer in the state, Texas’s economy is also highly dependent on oil. An average house on the same street as the Hines Villa was worth $15.4 million in 2015 and would likely have many of the state’s biggest oil magnates as neighbors.

Email Veronika Bondarenko

Show Comments Hide Comments
Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription