I love it when houses surprise you.  This beautiful home sits on an expansive 20,000 square foot lot across from Rice University, which in and of itself accounts for the $2.4 million price tag.  The house's unassuming exterior, although on a lush green lawn, is nothing stupendous.  And I actually don't care much for the interior, which you can view here.  But check out this great room.  Doesn't it feel like you're in an upside down ship?  If I lived in this home, I would just live in this room.

Pretty but normal exterior

And then BOOM!  Yes, of course that's a vintage 1874 Austrian chandelier