2125 Troon - NEW LISTING!
Winner of the 2011 John Staub Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, this brick and shingle home by Houston architect Jay Baker offers an open floor plan, multiple indoor/outdoor spaces, abundant light – in spite of the dense gardens that surround it – and a mix of modern and traditional materials. It’s located on one of the city’s rare hills and faces the River Oaks Rock Garden ravine, a tiny wild place in the heart of the city’s toniest neighborhood. Approach the house by either the stone steps from the street or the handy backdoor alley. Inside, a central hallway runs the length of the house, like a backbone that connects rooms on both sides, every one with a garden view. Because the sellers host many musicians, the living room is separated by two steps from a mezzanine (currently site of a grand piano) that acts as a stage. Upstairs are three large bedrooms, including a particularly nice master with his and her baths. Price: $3,250,000. Click here.
2209 Pine Valley
Set on a sweeping landscape with a view of trees and lawns, one of River Oaks’ finest properties is a stunning renovation of a Tudor-style home that was built by the Hogg Brothers in 1929 on a double lot. This large brick home has been given new life with a thorough redesign by Eubanks Group Architects and fresh interiors by Greer Interior Design of Austin. The 18-month-long renovation and systems update – electrical, plumbing, etc. – was executed by Dave Black of UrbanCraft. The home has four or five bedrooms, plus a fully finished third floor and separate quarters. Scrupulous care has been taken as well as attention to detail: hardwood floors, high-end appliances, chic wallpapers, bold colors. Every room has generous windows, so the light is very fine and there are multiple views of the gardens. Outdoor living areas include a pool, cabana (with fireplace), putting green and bocce court. Price: $5,250,000. Click here.
1829 Sharp Place
A designated Houston Historic Landmark residence designed in 1936 by Birdsall Briscoe for his own family, this classic home showcases the architect’s gift for proportional design and ornamental detail. At the same time, to provide for today’s modern living, amenities include an updated island kitchen opening into spacious living spaces, a master suite and bath carefully designed for livability, three additional ensuite bedroom/baths, and landscaped patios and gardens. Recent updates include exterior paint (2018), new roof (2018) and McDugald Steele decorative fencing (2011). This home is located on one of River Oaks’ desirable park-like “courtyards” that offer splendid green space and buffer homes from busy streets and through traffic. A note on Birdsall Briscoe: Houston’s earliest residents chose this architect (as well as John Staub) to build their generational homes in River Oaks and elsewhere. He is considered one of the city’s greatest classic architects. Price: $1,750,000 Click here.
2240 Inwood Drive - SALE PENDING
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: was $4,200,000 – now $3,500,000. Click here.