It sounds like the setup to a hackneyed joke or an off-kilter riddle, but bear with us.
What do you get when a couple of geologists decorate a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house?
Answer: a glitzy, over-the-top 11,500-square-foot mansion in Midland, TX, with exotic taxidermy, safari animal hides, and enough light fixtures to keep the entire neighborhood lit.
Because of the couple’s shared passion for geology, landscaped rocks at the $2.65 million home were sourced from local quarries.
The listing agent, Norma Pine with Pine & Beckett Realtors, tells us that the lavishly decorated residence is on the market only three years after the sellers built it.
She also reports that there are 38 light fixtures in the living room alone—including a chandelier.
Above the kitchen island is a fixture created out of a vintage watering wheel, sourced from a farm. Paired with that innovation is a chef-grade cooking area accented in black, gold, and white. It has two cooking stations, a double-door, see-through fridge, and a custom, handmade hood above the range.
The dining room has walls of inlaid stone, and horns filled with peacock feathers anchor the doorway. Entertaining outside is a breeze, thanks to a covered, outdoor kitchen.
One bathroom features embossed metal walls and dangling crystals overhead. Another has a curved wall inlaid with amethyst and a heart-shaped design in a green mineral. One shower is so glam and grand that it has multiple shower-heads and a curved wall. Pella doors and windows were used throughout.
“Everything’s over the top. Everything,” says Pine.
If desired, furnishings and decor in the listing photos can be included in the sale for an additional fee.
That said, the guesthouse—although it mimics the exterior of the main house—features a more traditional interior.
The property also features a four-car garage and an indoor pool.
With such mind-boggling attention to decor and design throughout, we were curious why the owners are vacating so soon after their labor of love was complete.
“They’re ready to start another project,” says Pine, adding that they are already working on a new property in the style of an old plantation farmhouse. “They’re always on the hunt for really different stuff.”
As for a potential buyer? It could be a hunter, thanks to the 22-foot ceilings designed for mounting taxidermy. Or it could be a buyer in search of space: The home sits on nearly 2 acres outside town.
No matter who steps up, one thing is guaranteed.
“Whoever buys this is somebody who has come into a lot of money,” says Pine. “It is a statement home.”