Inside Pearland's Mystery Mansion
In an up-and-coming neighborhood in Pearland off Highway 288 and Southfork, two nearly identical mansions sit abandoned in adjoining 15 acre lots. The weeds have grown high around the entry gates to one; the other never even had gates built and sits behind a padlocked chain link fence. There's no landscaping around either one. In fact, they look as if someone dropped two gaudy River Oaks mansions into a cow pasture. And perhaps strangest of all is their sheer size: the smaller mansion on the left is nearly 32,000 square feet while the one on the right is a massive 64,000 square feet, and nearly as long as a football field.
Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
Along the broad west side of the house, we see where the brickwork abruptly stopped.
Further back up towards the house, the garage is protected from the elements with sheets of plywood where doors should be.
The house is entered from a small, nondescript side door as the front door is non-functional. Inside is one of the strangest layouts ever encountered.