Saudi Arabian prince's Houston mansion can be yours for $19M

A Houston mega-mansion built for a Saudi Arabian prince in the 1980s has hit the market, asking $19 million. The 23,800-square-foot home...


A Houston mega-mansion built for a Saudi Arabian prince in the 1980s has hit the market, asking $19 million.

The 23,800-square-foot home’s current owner — the son of the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon — has listed the home for a $1 million discount from its original $20 million price tag.

If the modern 10-bedroom, 11 ½-bathroom mansion sells, it will be Houston’s most expensive residential sale on the public market in at least five years, according to Redfin data. 

The home was built in 1986 for Saudi Arabian Prince Abdul Faisal, the son of the late King Faisal, who ruled Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. The prince traveled to Houston for commercial real estate investments and wanted a home for his travels there, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

“He [the prince] was meticulous. I didn’t know him, but it is clear he just wanted them to do it right — and the quality was just amazing,” the current owner, Nijad Fares, told The Post. Fares is the son of the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon, Issam Fares.

A 22,880-square-foot Houston mansion built for a Saudi Arabian prince in the 1980’s is listed for $19 million.
A 22,880-square-foot Houston mansion built for a Saudi Arabian prince in the 1980s has listed for $19 million.
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“He [the prince] was meticulous. I didn’t know him, but it is clear he just wanted them to do it right — and the quality was just amazing,” the current owner, Nijad Fares, told The Post. Fares is the son of the former deputy prime minister of Lebanon, Issam Fares.
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The 12-foot, double-bronze front door opens to a 60-foot polished-marble entry hall with 40-foot ceilings, according to a press release.

Above a floating brass staircase hangs a multi-story crystal chandelier, which Fares and his wife bought at an antique shop in London and had reshaped to fit the house, he told The Post.

“The chandelier was our first big purchase that my wife and I made when we got married,” said Fares, who said his favorite memory in the house was walking through the front doors when they brought their youngest son home after his birth.

“My favorite memory in the house was when my son was born and we brought him home,” Fares told The Post.
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“We’ve had many people here, including several mayors of Houston. It is always special,” Fares said.
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“The chandelier was our first big purchase that my wife and I made when we got married,” Fares told The Post.
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The foyer divides the main floor into two sections — the regal, formal side and the comfortable, informal side.

The formal side has a palatial sitting room; a formal, 40-seat dining room; an industrial eat-in kitchen; and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, according to the press release.

The regal sitting room has polished marble floors, tray ceilings, gold-colored crown moldings and 18th-century-style furniture, photos show.

“We’ve had many people here, including several mayors of Houston. It is always special,” Fares said.

The palatial sitting room has polished marble floors, tray ceilings, gold-colored crown moldings and 18th-century-style furniture.
The palatial sitting room has polished marble floors, tray ceilings, gold-colored crown moldings and 18th-century-style furniture.
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The informal side along the foyer has a wood-paneled library.
The informal side along the foyer has a wood-paneled library.
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The industrial eat-in kitchen offers a casual dining option.
The industrial eat-in kitchen offers a casual dining option.
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The wine cellar off of the industrial eat-in kitchen holds 2,000 bottles.
The wine cellar off of the industrial eat-in kitchen holds 2,000 bottles.
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The informal side along the foyer has a wood-paneled library, a conference room and an open-concept media room with six built-in televisions and a casual dining area with a large skylight.

“There are so many nice, private family areas [even though] we love to do events and social entertaining,” Fares said.

The conference room provides views through large glass-windowed doors to the 3.2-acre estate.
The conference room provides views through large glass-windowed doors to the 3.2-acre estate.
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The open-concept media and dining room has five televisions on one side of the middle wall panel, and another on its back.
The open-concept media and dining room has five televisions on one side of the middle wall panel and another on its back.
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The informal dining room has french doors that lead outside to the children's playground.
The informal dining room has French doors that lead outside to the children’s playground.
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The primary bedroom suite has dual sleeping areas, dual bathrooms and dual sitting areas, plus a gym, a sauna and several balconies.

Photos show that several of the bedrooms have been decked out in Pinterest-worthy, themed children’s decor. One has a blue-striped ceiling and a landscape mural, while another bedroom’s mural depicts jungle animals driving a small, red truck. Other bedroom suites are often used by guests, Fares said.

“All of the en suite bedrooms upstairs allow us to have family over,” he said. “All in all it’s just a perfect place.”

Photos show that several of the bedrooms have been decked out in Pinterest-worthy themed children's decor.
Photos show that several of the bedrooms have been decked out in Pinterest-worthy, themed children’s decor.
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One bedroom has a blue-striped ceiling and a landscape mural, while another bedroom's mural depicts jungle animals driving a small red truck.
One bedroom has a blue-striped ceiling and a landscape mural, while another bedroom’s mural depicts jungle animals driving a small red truck.
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One of the home's 10 bedrooms is decked out in lavender in this room.
One of the home’s 10 bedrooms is decked out in lavender.
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Outside, the Buffalo Bayou creates a natural border at the edge of the 3.1-acre lot, which offers covered patios, a playground and a gazebo with a Benihana (hibachi) grill.

“I love — love — Benihana. It’s great for entertaining. A chef comes out to cook for us. It is great fun,” Fares said.

The estate’s 60-foot swimming pool has a blue-tiled, five-tier waterfall, a hot tub, a diving board and a cabana with recreation and cooking space.

“The grounds are so beautiful. There are so many sitting areas outside,” Fares said.

The mega-mansion has 10 bedrooms.
The mega-mansion has 10 bedrooms.
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The green embroidered wallpaper contrasts ivory millwork in this first-floor bathroom.
The green embroidered wallpaper contrasts ivory millwork in this first-floor bathroom.
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The primary bedroom suite has dual bathrooms, a gym, a sauna and several balconies.
The primary bedroom suite has dual bathrooms, a gym, a sauna and several balconies.
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The house was first listed for $20 million in November 2018 and was relisted last week, asking $18,995,000.

Compass broker Michael Mahlstedt has the listing. Fares told The Post he plans to downsize but will stay in the Houston area.

“Of our four children, three have left home. That is one of the big reasons we want to downsize. They are off to school and work. The other boy is 12 years old, so soon enough, he is going to be done. But we love the city,” Fares said.

Outside, the home has patios, a playground, a gazebo and a pool with a waterfall, a hot tub and a cabana.
Outside, the home has patios, a playground, a gazebo and a pool with a waterfall, a hot tub and a cabana.
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“The grounds are so beautiful. There are so many sitting areas outside,” Fares said.
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“The outside has been completely redone — the pool, pool house [and] gazebo,” according to Fares.
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