With its warm storybook character, this vintage River Oaks home looks like it was plucked from the English countryside. It was built in 1938 in a style loosely based on a variety of late Medieval English prototypes. It is a departure from a strict Tudor Revival style in that it has no stone, half-timbering or differentiated decorative detailing. It has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, and the current owners have been scrupulous in its care: hardwood floors (stone in the kitchen), plaster walls, vintage hardware, high-end kitchen appliances, welcoming formals with multiple views of the lush gardens and a detached garage with quarters above. The brown and cream brick exterior with chocolate accents, a massive chimney and mature landscaping is both intriguing and inviting, while the large wooded backyard offers exquisite privacy. Bonus: From the front of the home, enjoy a sweeping view down Looscan and Pine Valley Drive – it’s one of River Oaks’ most beautiful vistas. Price: $1,995,000. Click here.
This dazzling Beverly Hills-style Spanish Colonial Revival villa has caught the eye of passersby since it was built in 2014. Authentic details – white-washed stucco walls, rustic terracotta roof, ornamental wrought-iron work, balconies, hand-painted tiles, striking archways and heavy wooden doors – are a marvel of workmanship, and it’s all integrated with state-of-the-art modern amenities, including an elevator and house generator. Spacious entertaining spaces include a grand reception hall and oversized formal dining room. An impressive chef’s kitchen opens to a large family room and resort-like loggia and pool. Spanish revival architecture became widely known as a result of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego, and prominent examples include the Ponce de Leon Hotel in Florida and the Hearst Castle in California. This River Oaks home is surely Houston’s most outstanding expression of the style. Price: $4,200,000. Click here.
This sparkling white Mediterranean-styled single-family home, located on one of Camp Logan’s most desirable streets, features first-floor living with an open floor plan perfect for both entertaining and family living. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with Bosch appliances, expansive granite countertops and copious built-in cabinets and wine storage. The home also boasts a large light-filled living room, four bedrooms (one works as a den or game room), three-and-a-half baths, two-car garage, and hardwood and stone floors throughout. The airy master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet and a street-side balcony offering a leafy view of the neighborhood. An intimate rear garden with summer kitchen ensures privacy and enjoyable outdoor living. Built by Tricon Homes and first occupied in 2012, this thoughtfully designed home is located in historic Camp Logan just one block east of Memorial Park, close to both downtown and the West Loop/Galleria area. Price: $830,000. Click here.
Tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Southampton area and close to most inner loop destinations, this is a classic American cottage – right down to the white picket fence and magnificent live oak out front. It has three bedrooms (more could possibly be configured in this two-story house) and two full bathrooms. With a painted brick exterior, this 1938 home offers hardwood floors, two-inch venetian blinds and ceiling fans. A shady rear garden is large enough to install a pool or summer kitchen. Some updating may be needed to accommodate today’s lifestyles. Buyers eager to get into the neighborhood will find this home a very attractive option. Price: $695,000. Click here.