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Seemingly plucked from an allée of iconic moss-draped trees of the American South, this graceful columned Greek Revival manor is, in fact, a magnificent modern home tucked amid the trees of Houston’s Piney Point Village—one of the city’s prestigious Memorial Villages. Introduced by such classical elements as Corinthian columns, an iron-railed balcony, dormer windows, and a breezy wraparound covered porch, it has been painstakingly updated for the most satisfying contemporary living. The meticulously manicured landscaping and lawn—centered around a stalwart mature tree—emphasizes the soothing symmetry of the architecture.
Houston, Texas | Laurie King, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
The foyer introduces the hardwood floors and soaring ceilings that characterize the home’s refined interiors. It flows to the living and entertaining spaces, including a handsome, airy family room with an oversized fireplace and an artful light fixture overhead, a formal dining room with an eye-catching chandelier and a verdant view of the front yard, an enviable wine room, and a relaxed yet sophisticated living room that features a soothingly chic gray hue, an elegant chandelier, and built-in bookcases. A convenient powder room with an oversized mirrored is nearby. Intricately carved wood and glass doors open to a two-level mahogany-paneled library with a stunning oversized stone and marble fireplace and a lofty balcony with an ornate railing, additional shelving, and a coffered ceiling. Just through a sturdy wood archway is the spacious office, which has distinctive diamond-pane windows and is backed by a wall of lighted display cases. The uniquely oriented kitchen includes a breakfast bar and an island, stainless-steel refrigerator-freezers, and cabinetry and a La Cornue range in striking black that contrasts stylishly with the white counters and walls. The sunny breakfast area overlooks the backyard through a wide window and a glass door. An impressively outfitted wet bar encourages festive entertaining; it also offers a pass-through window to the carpeted theater.
The richly hued hardwoods continue in the primary bedroom suite, which is remarkably generous and features a tray ceiling, a warming fireplace, paneled walls, a morning bar, and French doors opening to a section of the porch overlooking the pool. The luxurious en suite bath indulges with a shower, a sauna, a soaking tub, and dual walk-in closets. The residence also offers four guest bedrooms and a carpeted upper-level loft tucked behind the sunny dormer windows.
The very private backyard is an extraordinary recreational oasis. Beyond the refreshing swimming pool, spa, and outdoor kitchen is an extensive area of fenced grassy lawn strewn with trees—the perfect spot for an in-ground trampoline and a playhouse. Consummately accommodating, exceptionally comfortable, and appropriately refined, this is a classic home that will stand the test of time.