Houston isn’t actually identified for gorgeous residential structure.  It’s simply too new, having been based in simply 1836.   To make certain there are some lovely neighborhoods – the older they’re, the extra attention-grabbing the structure is.    Conversely, the farther from downtown the group is,  the better you stand an opportunity of being surrounded via MacMansions.

One in all our most enticing and ancient neighborhoods is River Oaks – house to the well-known Bayou Bend constructed via Ima Hogg.    

Bayou Bend

However even this group isn’t that outdated.   It was once thought to be a suburb when constructed within the Twenties, slightly 100 years in the past.

  Normally once I display properties at the weblog they arrive from River Oaks or different surrounding spaces just like the Museum House.


Any other ancient group, Broadacres, was once additionally established within the Twenties.

Sprinkled all over internal Houston you’ll in finding some authentic properties, however now we have paid an enormous value for one thing our founding fathers initiated. 


Houston, has lengthy prided itself on the truth that it had no zoning regulations, and structure has suffered from this profoundly.  The oldest, authentic and a few of our easiest properties had been torn down with none worry for his or her price.  They’re nonetheless being torn down these days.  Such a lot of glorious houses are ceaselessly long gone from Houston which brings us to these days.

With its massive and fast enlargement and susceptible or no zoning regulations, Houston has neighborhoods full of dull, uninspiring suburban properties constructed with out a lot, if any, architectural acclaim.

SO…when a area does pop up in Houston this is outdoor of River Oaks or the Museum District and this can be a standout – it actually grabs our enchantment.

And these days, I’ve a area that did simply that.  


A realtor despatched me footage of her new record.  She incorporated many extra footage that weren’t in the true property brochure, which is unusual.  


I simply love this area!  It looks as if one thing you possibly can in finding 0n the north east coast or in England.  The record mentions Cotswold.  The home is this kind of deal with for Houston.  It’s a vintage and it’ll nonetheless be status for centuries. Nobody shall be tearing this down for lot price, ever.

The home is somewhat new, designed in 2008 via Michael Dreef with Eubanks Architects.  right here

The décor was once finished via Cathy Chapman, one in every of Houston’s best designers and somebody that I’ve lengthy admired.  Chapman used Chateau Domingue to fill the home with vintage architectural parts.  What a distinction this makes.  Houston is extremely fortunate to have Chateau Domingue in our backyards.    

Let’s check out this fabulous area, now on the market in Houston.   And please revel in.  Homes like this are rarity on this the city.


Above, is a horrible picture from Google Maps circa 2007.   It displays the home being constructed which you’ll see from the road.  It’s on an excessively secluded side road in a ravishing group full of tall pines and oaks.  There are a mixture of authentic smaller properties and far better more moderen ones.  It is regarded as the premier group situated outdoor the loop. 

The circle of relatives sought after to create a secluded entrance garden the place the home could be hidden from the road, in order that they planted a display of tall bushes and trees. Right here, a couple of years later is what it appeared like from the road:


Through 2015, proven right here, you have to slightly see the home when using via.  The fairway display would develop even taller and fuller in the course of the coming years.   Lately, it actually isn’t observed from the road.




And here’s the English Tudor styled area.



Any other view.  Realize the brick paintings blended with the stone.  And see the sidewalk main as much as the entrance door.



The bricks are hand shaped.  The roof is reclaimed clay tiles. The gutters and flashing are copper and the entire home windows and doorways had been customized made.  Each element is curated, particular.

Realize the chimney pots!  Identical to in England!!


Hope’s Home windows and Doors – every window and door was once for my part, customized made.

The entrance door is reached on the stone portico. 



The driveway leads up from the road to both the entrance door or the storage, at the back of a wooded gate.  From this view it looks as if there may be only a two automobile carriage area.  Hidden, is any other two automobile storage.



This view displays the genius of the architects – it’s all in the main points.  As a substitute of a protracted, 4 automobile storage, they designed a carriage area with two bays.  The opposite part of the storage  is hidden till you power in the course of the gate.  


The power courtroom is all brick and stone accessory at the back of a picket gate and stone wall.

The property is solely over 1 1/2 acres.

The drone view of the again backyard.  There are a number of parterre gardens within the wooded spaces.


I like the stone across the pool.  It’s this kind of distinctive coping element – I’ve by no means observed that prior to.


Any other view of the again of the home.



At the proper of the swimming pool as an alternative of a fence, a big phase of trees achieve to the sky and supply privateness.


The again door overlooks a fountain.  To the proper is a coated sitting space. 


From inside of the home:  The double again door overlooking the fountain and previous that, the parterre lawn.


The coated patio with its personal stone hearth, a 1860 Scottish Baroque York stone hearth with a carving over the mantel of the Currother’s Circle of relatives Coat of Palms.


The view from the parterre lawn to the again double door.   To the left is a stone double bay that properties the breakfast room and,  upstairs,  the main bedroom.

The outside kitchen with checkerboard flooring at the left facet of the home.

The home has 4 bedrooms and four.3 baths.  It is only over 11,ooo sq. toes.  The flooring at the first ground are 150 yr outdated American chestnut.  The lights comes from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.  The beams are vintage, architectural parts from Chateau Dominque which fill the home. 



Subsequent to the entrance door is a pond and sitting space. 


4 steps result in the entrance door.

( I do know, I do know, you’ll simplest see 3 steps on this picture!)

The entrance door opens onto an excessively huge grand corridor that even has a fire!  It’s the heart of the home, and on the different finish, double doorways open to the again backyard.


This is the grand corridor’s hearth – set in an inglenook. The Nice Sir Hughes Court docket chimney piece dates from 1760.

   I’m going to turn each side of the grand corridor with rooms that result in the following one.

First let’s take a look at the proper facet of the corridor.  Earlier than the steps, there may be the Track or Eating Room.

Resulting in the proper of the entrance door, is the Track Room.

The ones beams.  Wow.  They’re fantastic and see the 150 yr outdated Chestnut ground.

Below the steps on the front to the Track Room is that this powder room with two English leaded glass home windows overlooking the entrance backyard.

Any other view of the lobby with the song room to the proper and simply previous the steps is the corridor that results in the kitchen.


The song room – take a look at that ground!!!!    Wonderful.   It’s  the American Chestnut ground – over 150 years outdated.    I like the best way the room doubles as a eating room with a banquette and desk within the nook.


Again within the lobby – here’s a shutter that opens onto the kitchen.  Realize the bottom molding across the outdated chestnut flooring.

The similar view, from additional again.  To go into the kitchen, you undergo a hallway to the left of the stairwell – see


   Proper previous the shutter is the corridor that results in the kitchen.



Any other view of the grand corridor.

The facet corridor:   You’ll see the inglenook that overlooks the facet corridor that results in the kitchen and song room.  The kitchen is to the proper and the song room is to the left.  The hallway ends on the application room and garages.

The kitchen!  On the very left is the hallway and the doorway into the Track Room.

Vintage Belgian blue limestone ground all over the kitchen space.   Please realize the pretty beams and raised ceiling!!!

Previous the kitchen is the sitting space and breakfast room.  The again staircase is previous the sitting space.  

The island was once manufactured from an vintage desk and crowned with Danby marble.  A couple of Swedish lanterns grasp over the island.   And a German Silver Sink Corporate sink was once positioned within the island.

The beams and the ceiling is solely fantastic.  Unbelievable!!!!!


 A big marble sink overlooks the yard.  Realize the 200 yr outdated French oak counter tops!!!!  Once more, superb.


The sitting and breakfast spaces. 

Any other view with the again stair case on the proper.  The double doorways result in the outside kitchen observed prior to.

The outside kitchen off the breakfast and the application and powder rooms.

The ones beams!   What a ravishing space.

Having a look against the hearth within the sitting space.

Previous the sitting space is the again staircase and application spaces that result in the garages.


On the entrance of area between the Track Room and garages is an place of work with a Bennison coated chair and ottoman.

And behind the home between the breakfast space and the garages is that this application room, canine pleasant with a watering station and doggie door.  That is so lovely!!!

And finally off the proper facet of the home is that this powder room that overlooks the outside kitchen.

Again to the grand corridor, we could now take a look at the left facet of the home.

To the left of the inglenook hearth are the double doorways that result in the lounge.  To the proper of the hearth is the circle of relatives room and gameroom.

Previous the double wooden doorways is the lounge with its neo-gothic stone hearth encompass circa 1840 and a Versailles development ground.

Shut up of the gorgeous mantel.

And in the lounge – a detailed up of the Versailles styled ground.


The circle of relatives room leads off the lounge observed on the proper.  At the left is the grand corridor front.  You’ll see the kitchen in the course of the shutter within the doorway.

I want there have been extra footage of this room, I like the décor!  Cathy Chapman did this kind of excellent task.  The décor is all very quiet and comfy, designed no longer to remove from the structure.

To the proper of the inglenook hearth within the grand corridor is the door that results in the prior to observed circle of relatives room and gameroom and it’s bar which is observed in the course of the front. 

18th century Portuguese cathedral stone is located within the gameroom.  Throughout the French doorways is the coated porch off the swimming pool.  You’ll see into the powder room to its left. 

The powder room off the gameroom.


This space of the gameroom appears around the window to the kitchen.

And this bar is on the front to the gameroom.   Marianna Soapstone countertop.

Any other view of the bar.

Within the gameroom is the local weather managed wine cellar. 

Going upstairs.  There may be an elevator in the home that is going from the bottom ground to the 3rd stage.

The upstairs has 125 yr outdated reclaimed oak floor.


A circle of relatives room off the touchdown overlooks the entrance backyard.


Two halls off the touchdown result in the 4 bedrooms.



This hallway has a small kitchen.

And this lobby with a Versailles patterned ground results in the master bedroom.

That ceiling!!!!!

The main bedroom has its personal hearth and sitting space.

This sitting space is within the stone bay observed at the back of the home, under:

The 2 tale stone bay with the master bedroom on the second one ground and breakfast room at the first ground.

The double toilet.

Any other view.

AND who doesn’t have a fire of their toilet???

Raises hand.

The closet.

The 2 daughters’ rooms every have lofts reached via round stairs.  This is the primary one that overlooks the again backyard.

I like the window with the leaded glass on best and the apparent window under.

And the loft with inbuilt bunk beds and gothic impressed paneling.

The second one bed room appears over the entrance backyard with its bay home windows.

The loft additionally has a bunk mattress with a big bulletin board full of teenage memorabilia.

The visitor suite.


 And the sitting room with its reclaimed 125 yr outdated floor.

 Shut up of Cathy Chapman’s decor which I like.  Pinstripes in muted colours. 

Thank you for letting me display you this attractiveness! 

If you wish to see the brochure and/or the home, touch the true property agent HERE.

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