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#1 dizzyedge

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2007 at 3:38 PM

They're on Southfork/Dallas a mile west of 288.

2 massively gigantic huge mansions right next to each other.

Doesn't look like anyone lives there anymore. I see a car every once in a while at the "small" one using one of it's 10 car garages.


Anyone know anything about those..it's history? Who built them? Are they haunted?

Edited by dizzyedge, Monday, June 25, 2007 at 3:42 PM.


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Posted Monday, June 25, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Naa..he lived in Sugarland for the longest time & last year he bought a historical mansion in Clear Lake


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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:35 AM

From what my realtor told me when I was looking at buying in the Southfork area, originally that subdivision was slated for other mansion types on a golf course but the sales were slow to nonexistant, resulting in a bankruptcy. The subdivision was then bought and further subdivided into the lots that are now being sold. The end result is some out of place homes in the subdivision.

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 5:04 PM

They're on Southfork/Dallas a mile west of 288.

2 massively gigantic huge mansions right next to each other.

Doesn't look like anyone lives there anymore. I see a car every once in a while at the "small" one using one of it's 10 car garages.


Anyone know anything about those..it's history? Who built them? Are they haunted?


YES! I can see these from behind my house. There are 2 HUGE ones. One has 10 garages. The other one has a deck overlooking what used to be open pasture (now its a southern trails construction site). And there is another huge house under construction next to those 2.

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Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 7:18 PM

From what my realtor told me when I was looking at buying in the Southfork area, originally that subdivision was slated for other mansion types on a golf course but the sales were slow to nonexistant, resulting in a bankruptcy. The subdivision was then bought and further subdivided into the lots that are now being sold. The end result is some out of place homes in the subdivision.

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I think you're thinking of the subdivision a little further down 288. I think it used to be called Rio Somethingoranother.....the place with the big rock formation as you turn in off of 288.

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:35 AM

I think you're thinking of the subdivision a little further down 288. I think it used to be called Rio Somethingoranother.....the place with the big rock formation as you turn in off of 288.


12thManFan, I think you are referring to Rodeo Palms, which has a custom section with dozens of (poorly maintained) lots, but only about 4 homes. A new one was recently started, which is odd considering that the section almost looks abandoned. When it finally builds out, it may be nice, but I wouldn't invest $500k+ in what appears to be a dud right now.

However, that is not where the 2 ridiculously large homes are. Both are on County Road 59. One is currently on the market at $3.7M (reduced from $5M)for 31,696 square feet. That will get you 13 bedrooms, 15 full bath + 6 half-baths, and a 7-car garage (all according to the listing). For the curious, it can be seen at www.har.com/7531757. Take note of the drop ceiling throughout. How fancy!!! HA HA HA! The home is owned by Dr. Ulysses Watkins. The property next door is owned by Family Care Medical Clinic, which Dr. Watkins is affiliated with and likely owns. This home is over 60,000 square feet. It is said to have 20 bedrooms and a 13-car garage.

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:48 AM

Wow...what a disgusting residence...
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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:58 AM

yuck!

and the tax records show that in 2004 the place was owned by "Family Care Medical / Ulysses W. Watkins, M.D."
was it maybe used as a clinic? :unsure:

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10:51 AM

yuck!

and the tax records show that in 2004 the place was owned by "Family Care Medical / Ulysses W. Watkins, M.D."
was it maybe used as a clinic? :unsure:


I think it's always been residential, but it's big enough to be a dorm. Maybe someone will make it into some type of rehab facility. There are plenty of bedrooms.

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:03 AM

that has to be the most "plain jane" mansion kitchen in existence.
the house seems very ummm... maybe the word is utilitarian.
the space is there but decor does not fit "mansion".
the inside looks like a 1980's community center or something (from the har pictures anyway)
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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:48 AM

that has to be the most "plain jane" mansion kitchen in existence.
the house seems very ummm... maybe the word is utilitarian.
the space is there but decor does not fit "mansion".
the inside looks like a 1980's community center or something (from the har pictures anyway)


Clearly this was used for something other than a personal residence; the builder's package fixtures, the dropped ceiling w/ flourescent lighting, the conference room,the office, the game room looks like a break area, th pool area looks like a public facility. I am thinking that this was some sort of group home. Man that's some TRASH!!

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:53 AM

i searched a little for "family care medical" in manvel, tx but didn't come up with anything.

i agree with my original guess and others' thoughts - that from the looks of it (rooms, cielings) it was some sort of "facility"

yuck!

and the tax records show that in 2004 the place was owned by "Family Care Medical / Ulysses W. Watkins, M.D."
was it maybe used as a clinic? :unsure:



here's the tax record, too:
http://propaccess.tr...?prop_id=168057

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 12:42 PM

i searched a little for "family care medical" in manvel, tx but didn't come up with anything.

i agree with my original guess and others' thoughts - that from the looks of it (rooms, cielings) it was some sort of "facility"
here's the tax record, too:
http://propaccess.tr...?prop_id=168057


i don't think it's in manvel:

found this at the city of pearland site - not that it provides any more details though...
CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 509-591 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 509, THE LAND USE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CHANGING THE CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY LOCATION BEING 40 ACRES, BEING ALL OF LOTS 44, 45, 54 AND 55, OUT OF THE ALLISON RICHEY GULF COAST HOME COMPANY SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED IN VOLUME 2, PAGE 98, BRAZORIA COUNTY PLAT RECORDS, SITUATED IN THE J.S. TALMAGE SURVEY, SECTION 80, A-564, BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS (APPLICATION NO. 1037) (CR 59) FROM CLASSIFICATION SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (SD) TO SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING DISTRICT (R2) AT THE REQUEST OF JAMES JOHNSON, AGENT FOR FAMILY CARE MEDICAL CLINIC/ULYSSES WATKINS, JR., M.D., OWNER, PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT OF THE LAND USE DISTRICT MAP; CONTAINING A SAVINGS CLAUSE, A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT. Mr. Tobin Maples, Executive Director of Community Services.

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 12:47 PM

i don't think it's in manvel:


i wouldn't know where exactly that is (a bit far out), but i got Manvel from the HAR listing and google maps

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 2:05 PM

Oh MY GOD.

All I can hope for is that this was NOT built as a single-family home.

The drop ceiling. The lighting. The cabinets. The wall-to-wall 1982 carpeting in the living room and DINING room. The furniture even has plastic covering!

VOMIT.

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Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 2:29 PM

this sure looks like an employee lounge rather than a "sports bar in your own home"

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and gotta love the fluorescent ambiance :P

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Posted Friday, June 29, 2007 at 2:29 AM

Watkins' clinic was/is off of South Post Oak by Windsor Village...he also had healthcare products in a factory that adjoins the site...Watkins also owned UW Entertainment Center off of Almeda

But his first house was in Briargate behind me and it was a regular house but he added on to it and it had flourescent lighting in it...

didn't know he splurged like that.......

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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:08 AM




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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:39 AM

ghetto.
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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 2:38 PM

wtf drop ceiling?

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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 2:50 PM

is it off the market already?

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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Wow...what a disgusting residence...

How come the link didn't work for me...? Has it sold...?

this sure looks like an employee lounge rather than a "sports bar in your own home"

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That first picture looks like some bad nightmare of a classroom.

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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 7:16 PM

The listing was terminated and the property was re-listed under Country Homes / Acreage. Here is the new listing:

www.har.com/2149005

Edited by HoustonRealtor, Monday, July 2, 2007 at 7:19 PM.


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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 7:20 PM

The listing was terminated and the property was re-listed under Country Homes / Acreage. Here is the new listing:

www.har.com/2149005

i see photo update in progress. i sure hope so.
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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:00 PM

The listing was terminated and the property was re-listed under Country Homes / Acreage. Here is the new listing:

www.har.com/2149005

That's a very nice picture of the realtor.

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Posted Monday, July 2, 2007 at 11:21 PM

The pictures are up. There are drop ceilings throughout the ENTIRE house.

I...just don't know what to say. 31,000 sf of drop ceiling (less pool).

What in the flying f...

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Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 5:08 AM

The pictures are up. There are drop ceilings throughout the ENTIRE house.

I...just don't know what to say. 31,000 sf of drop ceiling (less pool).

What in the flying f...

It certainly makes sense in the board room/office, but ... the bedrooms? Ick!!!

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Posted Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM

.... somebody is going to lose their a$$ on that one!
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Posted Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 6:35 PM

I almost literally fell out of my chair, I was laughing so hard.

Now, if you wanted to start your own CULT, this is without a doubt, THE best place in the Houston Metro-area to do it. If David Coresh would have been around, I think he would have moved from Waco. Man, i still have the giggles. This house just proves that the good Doctor's taste is all in his mouth.
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Posted Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Soooo.... It's still on the market. Surprise!

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