Sold Price Range: $1,242,001 - $1,425,000 Sold on : 12/26/2018
This stunning residential compound with two distinct dwellings that interact variable, held in tandem by a courtyard and pool with marble surround and a patio on each end was designed by Shade House Development Group. The lot next door, where the owners had their organic garden, is also available for purchase. At the end of the street is a gated entrance directly to the Heights Hike & Bike Trail, and is just four blocks from Heights Mercantile!
The owners, proprietors of Shade House Development, designed and built this property as custom for themselves in two phases, one for the Guest House and one for the main house. They researched, oversaw, and hand-selected every aspect of the home with a clear vision in mind and with energy efficiency as paramount.
There are the custom windows and doors, which were crafted to invite the outside in. Prime examples of this exist in the living room, with an entire wall of windows, and between the kitchen and sunroom, where screened windows and a sliding door between them extend the living space into the courtyard.
The kitchen is defined by site-built unstained Cypress cabinetry and Belgian Petit Granit limestone countertops that convey a rustic, almost cabin-like feel that subdues the sheer luxury of its Sub-Zero appliances, Asko dishwasher, Bertazzoni range, refrigerated drawers concealed with Cypress panels, and a built-in icemaker. The choices are a study in warehouse chic, with reclaimed industrial pendant lights and designer sconces all from Europe, hardware from Rejuvenation, and floor outlets
Upstairs, paradoxically, as the spaces become more defined, they remain very flexible. The flooring transitions into wide-plank reclaimed shiplap. A landing lit alternately by custom wall sconces and skylights currently serves as a den but could transform into a study just as well. Off of this is a small laundry room that comes with a stacked Miele washer and dryer included.
Another view of the upstairs family room or den. The plaster walls are waxed and are absolutely stunning.
The secondary bedroom also has a large loft and an ensuite bath.
This is the full private bath for the secondary bedroom.
The is the loft above and part of the secondary bedroom.
The master suite is fabulously chic. It is designed for the owner who seeks not to hide away but simply to get ready and recharge. It is configured uniquely with the bathtub right in the bedroom, leaving room for a reading area. The owner-builders can share their ideas making the bathtub more private for the more modest buyer. There is a fabulous shower in the master bath so the tub could also be removed if one does not enjoy a long soak in the tub with beautiful light streaming through the win
The lighting in this owner’s suite and elsewhere—where it is not reclaimed—is by Brendan Ravenhill, whose renowned L.A. studio designs lighting with mid-century roots and crafts it in America.
Now we have moved out to the guest house. There are two bedrooms, one bath, full fabulous kitchen and dining area, and an amazing office. Work from home, live at work, welcome guests, have a spoiled Nanny, let your mother-in-law move in, rent out as an Air B&B.... the choices are yours. It will be hard to decide which of the two homes you want to live in! You can just move back and forth between the two. If you husband misbehaves, this is a dog house he will not mind hanging out in!
This stunning bath is the in the guest house between the two bedrooms.
The guest house kitchen!
The loft in the guest house makes the perfect office. Its current function is for one, two, or even three workers. The level of detail and forethought here is also exquisite, with touches like engineered architectural beams and custom handrails on the stairs that weld to a bookcase.
Another view of the loft office in the guest house.
For the owners, a family of three, the guest house was where they lived while what is now the main home was under construction. As a two bedroom, one bathroom with kitchen, also appointed with high-end appliances and site-configured storage, it could serve as a rental, guest house, multi-generational dwelling, or office.
The lot next door is also available for sale if someone would want a larger yard space.
The current owner grew her organic veggies on this lot. And they harvested tons of figs from this giant fig tree.
The owners can entertain here when their parties get larger. Behind the green wall are remnants of some concrete kennels where the sweet owner housed her many rescue dogs. By the way, this particular lot is unrestricted so the next owner could have their offices here. This home and lot would work as an incredible art gallery, Doctors office, spa or any other Zen thing you can think of.
Another view of the next door lot.
The courtyard is fenced with CMU blocks entirely covered in ivy. Currently, a gate leads to the adjacent lot (also for sale and in use by the owners as a garden and dog kennel for rescues). Unlike most properties, the yard space isn’t an afterthought, it is a main living area. The turf makes this area low-maintenance and perfect for parties, yoga, and as a play area. Another patio in the rear of the property introduces you to the quarters and connects with the garage area.
Transitioning to the outside, the main patio is partially covered by the second floor overhang which has shiplap paneling.
The pool has a beautiful marble surround. So calming and cool.
A view of the pool looking toward the main house.
There is a three car garage accessed by a wide paved alleyway. In addition, there is ample parking in the front of the home. The current owners use this as another multi-function living area with a dining table and exercise equipment. An air conditioned space off the garage that is currently a kennel could be retrofitted as wine storage.
The secondary structure is LEED Gold certified, while the main home is in fact more energy-efficient just without the certification. The property was featured on the Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour in 2015.
One of the most vital spaces of the main house is the screened sunroom. It directly connects the home and the courtyard and can switch seamlessly between dining room, breakfast, lounge, or office. Its acrylic roof and screens have it transform throughout the day, picking up different shades of light and, when needed, it is illuminated by a unique custom light fixture.
Cat on the stunning concrete stairs. True art.
The walls are art. Waxed plaster. So beautiful.
Close up detail of the bathroom in the guest house.
Really...are we in a museum or a monastery? You have to see this house in person. As beautiful as these photos are, I promise you that in person, it is even better. Very hard to capture the quality and genius of the design in photos.
Wait to you see the incredible white bird light fixtures. There are two of them. One in the guest house and one in the master bedroom. They are leaving them for the new owners!
One enters the home from the front through a custom door, the first of many. Passageways are significant in this home and so are handled with care. The main entrance door was custom-built from Cypress.
The aluminum roof has an asymmetrical pitch in the front and back of the home, since the second story sits predominantly in the back of the home. This creates a distinct set of interactions among the structure, the grounds, and the neighborhood. From the street, the home possesses an unassuming low profile that seeks to harmonize with the surrounding homes, but from within the courtyard the height of the structure creates a feeling of security, seclusion, and privacy.
Screened sunroom overlooking pool and gardens.
Sold Transaction: Star Massing represented the buyer on this sold transaction on 12/26/2018
List price includes the lot next door for a total of 8756 sqft(per HCAD)This stunning residential compound with two distinct dwellings that interact variable, held in tandem by a courtyard and pool with marble surround and a patio on each end was designed by Ford Design. There is a lot next door (736 Tulane) where the owners had their organic garden and is also available for purchase. At the end of the street is a gated entrance directly to the Heights Hike & Bike Trail, and it is just four blocks from Heights Mercantile!
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