This is how you frickin’ take care of your family and leave a legacy! In modern day, I’ve not heard of something like this happening for Black American families.
HOUSTON, TEXAS — Twenty-thousand square feet of HOUSE! And just wait until you see what’s inside. They never have to go anywhere, honestly.
Houston retiree Reggie Van Lee, 59, says “most relatives don’t spend enough time together.”
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." – George Washington Carver pic.twitter.com/S53PoAX7JA
— Reggie Van Lee (@ReggieVanLee) December 21, 2016
So, he took care of that and built a mansion for his family AND his friends.
“I built this house for not just my immediate family but for my extended family including friends.”
According to Fox 26 – Houston, Lee originally built the estate for himself, his three sisters and their families. That’s when he decided to move out of his home in River Oaks.
But now, this place has everything!
— Reggie Van Lee (@ReggieVanLee) January 11, 2017
There’s a hair salon, full-sized pool, master kitchen designed by Reggie’s sister, a church, and more.
Lee’s sister, Carolyn Lee Conner, says the home kind of resembles a “fancy apartment building hallway.” And, all the doors within the hallway all lead to private living quarters. The source quotes her as follows.
“My front door is red. It’s beautiful. I love it. We each have a kitchen. We have a living room. We have a washer dryer area. We have two bedrooms. One master and guest and each of those have separate bathrooms.”
On a separate side of the house, there’s the master suite. Of course, that’s Reggie Lee’s side of the dwelling.
***Even though you love your family, at times, you still need that alone time away from them, right?***
The source mentions that, in his quarters, there are photos of Reggie with Rosa Parks, former President Clinton, and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
— Reggie Van Lee (@ReggieVanLee) January 28, 2017
Interestingly enough, Reggie worked with the Clinton Foundation and was appointed to a few committees by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
According to the source, Reggie got the idea about the family estate after visiting the Kennedy compound. He said he’d have one for himself one day.
With Debbie Allen, Corey and Phyllicia Rashad at the State Dept dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors. pic.twitter.com/VoHo13zrRE
— Reggie Van Lee (@ReggieVanLee) December 9, 2016
Oh yes … Reggie knows people.
Well… it’s ‘one day’ now…
And according to Fox 26, Reggie Lee isn’t the only person paying for everything. He says that everyone chips in respectfully.
“We all contribute to the pot of money that covers the food, housekeeper, groundskeeper, utilities.”
Ultimately, they want other families to follow in their example. Check the video for yourself, below.
THIS is an example from which the Black community needs to take. Take this example and build upon it. Do it. Support Black growth! Lee says to do it, “even if on a smaller scale.”
“I think if we did more of that we would have more happiness in the world and a lot less tension.”
The 59-year-old says he built the house so his family could make many memories together. And he’s enjoying every second of it.
“As much as people say ‘oh that’s so nice of you to do this for your sisters.’ They have no idea the joy I get.”
Reggie Van Lee was a performer in the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Likewise, he recently retired as Executive Vice President at a Houston consulting firm.
— Native Son (@NativeSonNow) June 21, 2017
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