December 01, 2022

Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale

One of San Antonio's most distinctive homes, a coliseum-style mansion near Olmos Dam, hit the market Wednesday with a price tag just under $4 million.

The 5,800-square-foot property, which climbs a wooded hillside overlooking Olmos Basin, is owned by former attorney Christopher “Chris” Pettit, whose holdings are being sold off as part of his Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Pettit sought Chapter 11 reorganization earlier this year amid lawsuits claiming his firm had bilked millions from clients, according to the Express-News.

Pettit doesn’t live in the Alamo Heights home, however. As of an Express-News report from August, the embattled ex-attorney had been leasing it to former Spurs player and current team exec Brent Barry for $11,000 a month.

The multi-level home features four separate wraparound balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, which its listing touts as having "views of the Olmos Dam, Olmos Basin and skyline views of downtown San Antonio." The property also includes a billiard parlor and another room outfitted with life-size replicas of Boba Fett and a stormtrooper from the Star Wars franchise, photos show.

The home was designed by Tom Pressley and built by venerable San Antonio construction firm Bartlett-Cocke in 1986, according to its sales listing.

The late Joci Straus and her husband Joe, both well-known San Antonio philanthropists, were the original owners of the palatial estate, having occupied it for 26 years.

Joci Strauss, who died last month, is remembered for leading the restoration of downtown's Majestic Theatre and Empire Theatre, while her husband was a founder of Retama Park. Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus III, R-San Antonio, is one of the couple's three children.

This home is listed by Frederick Hutt with Compass RE Texas, LLC

All photos and listing info via Realtor.com.
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Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale
Disgraced San Antonio ex-attorney Chris Pettit's coliseum-style mansion now for sale