2409 Inwood — REDUCED PRICE
Eighty-six years old and just two owners. That speaks volumes about a home. It says, mostly, that this is a house that has worked hard for the people who have raised their families in it. It’s a house that doesn’t sway with the latest trends. It’s a house that merits a family’s investment and its affection. You might say, it’s a house for the ages. With 4 or 5 bedrooms (all up) and large formals downstairs, this classic Southern Colonial is just a short stroll to River Oaks Elementary. Do not miss the third-floor game room with built-in bunks, built-in desks, built-in canteen table, big toy bins, bookshelves, a full bathroom – and every inch paneled in rustic pine. There’s even a shuffleboard court worked into the linoleum floor. Imagine your kids or grandkids playing here and the fun sleepovers they will have. (This is the house you wish you had grown up in!) The grounds are handsomely maintained, and the rear garden has space to build a pool. Price: $1,998,000. Click here.
This lovely and sensible Avalon Place home was built in 1940 and most recently updated over the past decade. The property is comprised of two buildings – the main house and the two-story guest house – that together offer four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half baths, plus office/library, formals, sauna and multiple living areas. The building duo forms an L around the pool, and they are tied together by a shaded gallery outfitted with a dreamy summer kitchen. Every square foot of the two buildings, as well as the gardens, patios and connecting hardscape, are put to efficient use. Aside from the home’s versatile architecture – it would suit modern furniture, antiques or traditional styles equally well – the location is ideal. It’s just a few minutes to many of the city’s finest restaurants, supermarkets and shopping. It’s also zoned to River Oaks Elementary, one of Houston’s very best schools (Buyer must verify eligibility for attendance). Price: $2,785,000. Click here.
67 Tiel Way - REDUCED PRICE
Calling all MCM fans! Designed by Karl Kamrath, Houston’s leading midcentury interpreter of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture, 67 Tiel Way celebrates an organic connection with nature. Completed in 1950 as an austere 2 BR home, the current owners asked the late architect Reagan Miller to update and enlarge the home in accordance with Kamrath’s original design. The result is a 4BR home with 21st-century amenities that is one of Houston’s most significant Mid-Century Modern homes. Clad in brick and redwood, it is perfectly sited on a 20,000-plus (HCAD) SF lot planted with native trees and shrubs. The master bedroom is on the ground floor, and there is a second-floor deck that runs the length of the side wing overlooking the back yard. Miller’s seamless update led to a 2012 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston and accolades from the AIA and others. Tucked away and quiet but for bird calls, 67 Tiel Way is centrally located just a block off Kirby Drive. Price: $3,750,000. Click here.
Like a long cool sip of a Pimm’s Cup, 2154 Inwood evokes a languid lifestyle that is gracious and ageless. It is one of River Oaks’ original pre-war homes, completed in 1941. A 2005 refresh by Eubanks Group Architects more than doubled its size and incorporated must-have 21st-century features, such as a large cook’s kitchen, mud room and family room. With four bedrooms (all ensuite) plus full guest quarters, this home will accommodate a sprawling family and/or owners who love to entertain. The home is appointed with antique fixtures, and the formal rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, extensive millwork and oak floors. Out back, enjoy the lovely rear garden and fountain as is – or add a pool. There’s already a full bath below the guest quarters adjacent to the garden. Close to River Oaks Shopping Center and Buffalo Bayou Park, 2154 Inwood is sited on a 12,000 SF lot. Whether it conjures classic Charleston or NYC’s Upper East Side depends on you. Price: $2,750,000. Click here.
3723 Knollwood – SOLD
Located on one of the most coveted streets in River Oaks, 3723 Knollwood is a low-slung brick home perfectly sited on more than three-quarters of a wooded acre. Prompting descriptions like “striking” and “art collector’s fantasy,” this 1950 contemporary masterpiece by architect Wylie Vale is notable for its polished white limestone floors, luxurious finishes and fittings, and expanses of glossy white walls. The main house offers more than 7,000 square ft (per Appraisal) of living space, including 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 3 half-baths. Art lovers will appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in natural light as well as unbroken walls that offer space for large art installations. From the street, the home’s modern silhouette features a massive chimney, as well as several rectangular masses that overlap or intersect horizontal roof slabs. Need a visual? Imagine Palm Springs circa the Rat Pack era. Property and improvements/structures did not flood from Harvey. Price: $6,995,000. Click here.
3832 Chevy Chase – SOLD
In addition to its four bedrooms (all up) and five full and two half baths, this house has abundant windows and French doors opening onto the rear garden, plus lovely hardwood floors and three fireplaces. The kitchen has been renovated for the serious cook, with high-end appliances and expansive work surfaces. Company coming? The agreeable guest apartment over the garage includes a full kitchen and separate bedroom and bath. Those born to entertain will be keen for the home’s enormous great room with 25-foot ceiling and baronial woodwork. Mix cocktails and serve appetizer platters from the large walk-in wet bar with granite countertop and mirrored back bar. The grounds are handsomely maintained, and the rear garden has enough space to build a small pool – there’s already another half bath at the side of the garage. Best of all, the semi-covered rear patio faces north, so it is protected from the harsh western sun in the afternoon. Located close to Willowick, it’s a straight shot south to Central Market and Highland Village, and a small jog west to the River Oaks District. Price: $2,900,000. Click here.
2414 Inwood – SOLD
This jewel box of a house, just five years old, is French inspired. Squint your eyes, and you can imagine a 16th-century Anjou manor home designed to provide privacy and protection from the outside world while affording every sweet comfort within. To passersby, the house presents a cream-colored façade encrusted with decorative flourishes, gated circle drive (with motor court) and manicured plantings. Inside, it is a brilliant combination of elegance and 21st century technology. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in abundant light, which practically glows as it strikes the gorgeous surfaces, including Carrara marble and Caesarstone countertops, Venetian plaster walls and gray-washed oak floors. The home features an elevator, home automation system with in-wall iPad control, three fireplaces, 300-bottle wine storage, three-car garage and a central vacuum system. In addition to its four (or five) bedrooms, there are spacious separate quarters over the garage. Price: $4,495,000. Click here.