“This home is a part of Houston history,” said Nancy Almodovar, CEO of Nan and Company Properties, which is listing the property. “Countless stories have been written and told for years of the opulent parties and its previous owner’s past. The current owners took on an extensive remodeling project with precision and exacting detail to modernize the home for today’s living, and of course, grand entertaining that is synonymous with the home’s history. It is truly a home that embodies both Houston’s future and its glamorous past.”  

The seven-bedroom, eight-bath home, which is located at 2115 River Oaks Boulevard on a 43,973-square foot lot, features marble columns, staircase and flooring.

The marble entryway of the River Oaks mansion formerly owned by Baron Ricky di Portanova that is on the market for $16 million.

The centerpiece of the home is the 12,000-square foot indoor pool area that was part of so many of the home’s famous parties. Enclosed with a glass panel ceiling, the space features chandeliers and multiple entertaining areas connecting the home’s expansive living and dining areas. 

The 12,000 square foot indoor pool in the Rivers Oak mansion formerly owned by Baron Ricky di Portanova is enclosed with a glass panel ceiling and features chandeliers and multiple entertaining areas connecting the home’s expansive living and dining areas.

The 12,000 square foot indoor pool in the River Oaks mansion formerly owned by Baron Ricky di Portanova is enclosed with a glass panel ceiling and features chandeliers and multiple entertaining areas connecting the home’s expansive living and dining areas.

A sitting area of the River Oaks mansion formerly owned by Baron Ricky di Portanova that leads you into the famed indoor pool.

Part of the room’s lore is an often recited tale of actor Sir Roger Moore, who portrayed James Bond, dropping into a party at the home in character.