Former Texas First Lady’s Mansion Goes Up for Sale: It’s a Doozie!

by Sasha CarterJune 19, 2018

Now’s Your Chance to Own a Stunning Greek Revival Texas Mansion

Close your eyes and picture the quintessential Texas home: white columns, a plantation-style facade, green lawns, and a sprawling front porch perfect for a neighborly wave or an evening night cap. If your idea of the iconic, old money Texas home looks anything like ours, get ready to see the real thing.

Owned by a former Texas First Lady, this tastefully Texan home checks all the boxes of a picture-perfect Greek Revival Mansion. Described by the architect as a “Lower Mississippi Valley Plantation,” this home is a prestigious estate worth seeing. Ready? Read on to take a look inside.

Texas First Lady's Mansion

Discover Old World Luxury at This Plantation-Style Home

Located at 6930 Turtle Creek Boulevard in University Park, this stately Greek Revival home occupies a coveted space in the prestigious Volk Estates area. The estate sits on just under an acre of land, yet the four-bedroom, seven-bath property isn’t dwarfed at all by the sprawling grounds that surround the structure.

Instead, it’s impressively sized, following the Lone Star rubric of everything being bigger in Texas. And though you can assume the home’s size from the grand exterior, just wait until you step inside this mansion belonging to former First Lady of Texas Rita Crocker Clements.

Texas First Lady's Mansion

Is Bigger Really Better in This Texas Mansion? We Think So.

When you think Texas, you immediately think “bigger,” that’s true. It can also evoke big hair, potentially overdone to the point of being gaudy. Fortunately, those associations couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to this house. Instead, this home demonstrates Texas elegance at its finest.

The home’s former owner, first lady of Texas, Rita Crocker Clements, was well known in her day for championing the historic preservation of buildings in her state. As evidence of her cause, she worked tirelessly to renovate and preserve the governor’s mansion.

To her credit, she did a stand-up job preserving this home in luxury by paying careful attention to the home’s carved moldings, its sweeping staircase, and the sophisticated chandeliers. But she also made sure to include little touches of Texas here and there. Inside, whimsical homages to the state abound: a wood mantel is carved with the state Capitol and seal, alongside the six flags that once flew over Texas, and the kitchen features a tile backsplash with Texas landmarks such as the Alamo.

Texas First Lady's Mansion

Today, if you live in this impressive Texas home, you’ll have the opportunity to add your own flair and design touches to the grand estate. Just imagine: in the central hall, picture the portraits that you’ll hang along the commanding staircase. Or, start dreaming about the rare collection of books you’ll add to the library and den. But remember, regardless of the personal touches you add to this home, it’s important to honor Rita Crocker Clements’ fine work as you preserve the home’s hallmark features.

Other things to admire about this historic home: a butler’s pantry and a formal breakfast room accompany the gourmet kitchen, the master suite boasts unparalleled views of the lush estate grounds, and if combined with an adjoining parcel, this property amounts to a 1.38 acre estate.

Texas First Lady's Mansion

While you don’t have to be an old oil tycoon to enjoy the spoils of this luxury Texas estate, you will need to come up with $9.1 million to be the home’s next owner. Think you can tackle the cost? Read more about this iconic Texas home at

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About The Author
Sasha Carter
Sasha is a writer and interior designer who lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids. She developed an interest in high profile homes through her work writing feature stories on them in a local magazine. She knows who is selling and who is buying, and is our go-to gal for any celebrity-owned or million-dollar real estate listings.