1929 Estate Showing Off ‘How Braeswood Was Supposed To Have Looked’ Now Available ‘As-Is’

2215 Glen Haven Blvd., Old Braeswood, Houston

Minus the air conditioning and other newfangled add-ons, an old Old Braeswood property looks every bit the manorial English estate architect Carl Mulvey intended when he designed it back in 1929. The property, located in a section of the neighborhood falling east of Greenbriar Dr., was listed “as is” last week with a $1.15 million asking price. Inside, there’s plenty of time-burnished woodwork.




Writing about the home in a Cite magazine article (PDF) meant to accompany the Rice Design Alliance’s home tour of Braeswood back in 1986, architectural historian Stephen Fox described the home’s recessed front door (top photo): “The round-arched entry way is Mulvey’s version of John F. Staub’s version of a characteristic detail by the English architect Edwin L. Lutyens.” He adds: “This is how all of Braeswood was supposed to have looked.” Mulvey, at one point “under the tutelage” of another well-known Houston architect, Birdsall Briscoe, was consulting architect for Braeswood Corp. (before it crashed with the stock market).



A swinging door (at right in the photo above) in the dining room likely leads to the kitchen, one of many camera-shy rooms in the listing. The breakfast room, however, does make enough of an appearance to tip off how linoleum flooring spills into the adjacent room:


Meanwhile, as viewed from the swinging door, the dining room on the northwest side of the home shows its more recent use as an office:


The living room is across the foyer, where a little more woodwork stretches across the ceiling:



A set of paneled doors (that aren’t arched) leads to the cozy library, where a shutterbug’s shadow first shows up in the listing’s slightly distorted photos:



The 4,134-sq.-ft home’s 4 bedrooms are upstairs, but only a couple of them appear in the listing. Here’s the master bedroom, featuring windows on 3 sides:


The floor plan includes 3 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths, none of which is pictured. Here’s a stripped-down secondary bedroom, though:


A portion of the attic space under all the gables has been converted into a game room:


Other sections remain unfinished:


The property’s gable-capped quarters are over its garage, located at the back of the 18,622-sq.-ft. lot.


The view from the back of the yard toward the slightly curving street shows off the grounds and many of the home’s peaks. Just 2 sprawling lots the east, S. Main St. provides a straight shot to Texas Medical Center.


HCAD indicates the property has been in the same family since at least the mid-eighties. The house is one of 4 in the neighborhood designed by Mulvey. One is across the street and closer to Greenbriar. One is in the next block west. Another sits on a neighboring street. And one, long gone, was located east of Main St. on Braeswood Blvd.

Carl Mulvey’s Gables Galore

15 Comment

  • Is it just me or do these pictures look like stills from some ghost hunting show? I kept scrolling expecting some apparition to appear in the corner of a room.
    Anyways – neat house, I’m sure there was a lot of charm but now it just looks old and dusty.

  • The photos themselves look like they’ve been stored in a shoebox since the 1970s. It’s a great house that I hope is restored.

  • What a precious little time capsule — I love the arched doorways — so typical of this era. My cousin renovated a house like this in Chicago a few years ago — it CAN be done (and preserve all the style and grace). A big lot too — I can almost hear the developers salivating as they calculate how many Tuscanosities they could fit into it. No pics of the (certainly vintage) kitchen? I will be sad if this house’s next appearance here is on the Daily Demo list.

  • I love Old Braeswood, one of Houston’s best neighborhoods. This house is beautiful, God I hope some idiot doesn’t try to tear it down–this being Houston, you never know

  • That place looks haunted

  • I’ll be shocked if it isn’t torn down, because Houston.

  • Odd that show no photos of the kitchen…

  • I wish this was on the market two years ago. I would have snapped this up in a heartbeat. So much potential. Might just have to do it regardless!

  • Great, another million dollar tear-down. Argh.

  • The house has central air and has had since about 1966 when the current owners bought , and refurbished the property . That gorgeous front Door , has a matching curved screen door . Tearing this ( Earthman’s ) house down would be a tragedy . It is walking distance from St Luke’s , where the owner worked .

  • Listing says foundation issues, which could initiate a host of other problems (plumbing, roof, etc.). Don’t be surprised if it’s not salvageable.

  • The kitchen, not surprisingly, needs to be updated, but it is quite spacious. The entire house has beautiful proportions and details. This house must be saved!

  • This is an amazing house, and a bargain at this price. Someone with patience and initiative is going to make a lot of money and/or have a great historic house to live in.

  • 18,000+ s.f. lot? I bet they scrape it and put up three sweet McMansions in its place. That would be awesome.