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Pearland's Mystery Mansion Is Back on the Market & Buyers Are Looking

Almost six years ago, our former writer Katharine Shilcutt wrote a fascinating piece on two semi-finished houses each sitting on 15 acres of adjoining land in Pearland that owner and pediatrician, Dr. Ulysses W. Watkins, had up for sale. She was able to get some never-before-seen photos of the inside and outside of the house off Texas 288 and Southfork.

The second and smaller of the two houses never sold and after a while was taken off the market. Now the property, spiffed up a bit from when we last saw it, is again up for sale and judging by the number of people accessing our old story, there's a lot of interest.

For just $3.5 million a buyer can become the proud owner of a house with 55 bedrooms and 55 bathrooms. No standing in line for the loo ever! It also boasts an indoor swimming pool and a nine-car garage among other amenities.

For a 30-year mortgage, assuming a 20 percent down payment and an interest rate of 4.5 percent a year, that means an estimated monthly payment of $14,187 for the Brazoria County property.

One catch: it still needs work! Several sections of it remain unfinished.

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Margaret Downing is the editor-in-chief who oversees the Houston Press newsroom and its online publication. She frequently writes on a wide range of subjects.
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