Tom Herman let Houston down. Tom Herman’s biggest letdown is his defense. Tom Herman beat Oklahoma — let him live. These are just a few talking points for a new owner to draw upon when hosting watch parties at the University of Texas football coach’s former home, which is now for sale in the tony Houston neighborhood of Bellaire.
Herman’s former dwelling on 5221 Pine St. is nestled in Bellaire’s sought-after Braeburn Country Club Estates. The white brick, traditional 2004 Bellaire Showcase home, offered by John Daugherty, Realtors for $2.045 million, was remodeled in 2016 after Herman sold it and sits on an 18,900-square-foot lot.
Herman purchased the home in 2015, updated it, and sold it in June 2017; it was barely on the market for a month. The next owners repainted the exterior (from red brick), interior, and added extra amenities. The new owners put it back on the market in mid-October.
“This home offers one of the larger lots in Bellaire,” says Lisa Kornhauser of John Daugherty, Realtors. “Interest has been great in this short amount of time. With its premier location, the oversized lot, and unique amenities, this won’t last long on the market. It shows beautifully.”
The house boasts five bedrooms (with a first-floor master), a two-story living room, a large library, and spacious dining room, according to the listing. “The oversized study with a sitting area, along with a formal dining connected to a formal living room, allows for wonderful entertaining areas,” notes Kornhauser. A second-story “flex” room offers a chance for a fitness center.
The property offers plenty of outdoor entertaining options, with an oversized pool and pool chiller (a must for those Houston summers), lighted pergola, new summer kitchen, and big-screen TV. Should power suddenly go out during a pivotal UT-Oklahoma showdown, there’s even a generator.
Kornhauser says a big selling point is the 835-square-foot guest house with kitchen and full bath. “This would make a great guest house or man cave,” she notes.
So is this abode best suited for Coogs (some of whom are still upset at Herman’s jump to Texas in 2016 after two strong years) or the proud Longhorns expecting Herman to take them to the promised land? “This house does not discriminate,” says Kornhauser. “Coog, Longhorn, or Aggie — anyone would be lucky to live in this amazing home.”