You couldn’t have built a home like this secluded, sprawling number in a woodsy corner of the Grogan’s Mill section of The Woodlands without really liking bricks. The washed-brick exterior sets up against an expansive brick driveway set in a tightly woven herringbone pattern. Inside, lighter brickwork makes some sort of bricky statement in most rooms downstairs. The listing in mid-July, asking $2.395 million, wants you to know that the 2009 home drew inspiration from southern Louisiana; perhaps this explains the decorative or structural lagniappe worked into each room’s features.
The home’s uber ornamentation layers it on in the foyer (at right), where the glass and iron grille front door meet the brick cross-vaulted ceiling above hand-scraped wooden flooring. Flanking the dining room arch, a pair of Bevelo lanterns (also pictured at the top of the story) play up French Quarter references. Across the foyer, the shuttered library has paneled walls and built-in shelving. One section of the wall (on the left in the photo below) swings open to reveal a secret inner chamber . . .
Shazam-presto! It’s the study. Within it, a pocket door (not pictured) accesses the “his” wing of the master bathroom. So interruptions to that secret swampland mystery-romance novel you’re writing might be kept to a minimum.
A section of hallway barrels past a pair of grille-frilled refreshment stations. On the right, there’s a bar. On the left, the wine room is easily identified by a wall of racks and a polished concrete floor stained to match any splashes or spills:
Light from wine room’s clerestory windows passes through interior windows on the opposing wall shared with the cozy-scaled parlor (at right). Its high ceiling maximizes wall space (bricked and otherwise) for salon-style art installations. Nearby, the kitchen also shows off polished concrete floors, this time in a coppery finish . . .
to play off the copper-topped island:
In the family room, the mantel design echoes the treatment found above the stovetop:
In the entertainment room downstairs: a wry salute to Arcadia.
An extensive outdoor venue provides yet another space for living and dining . . .
and cooking. One of the home’s 3 half-baths sets up nearby:
The master suite is on the first floor:
In its spa-like bathroom, his-and-her wings lead to ancillary rooms with specific uses, such as closet . . .
or spa services:
Two secondary bedrooms are also downstairs:
One of them is an apartment with wheelchair access:
The other 2 secondary bedrooms are upstairs. This pink one has a built-in work-study area:
This one gets an interior balcony overlooking the arcade room below:
None of the bathrooms — and there are 4 full and 3 half-baths — appear in the listing photos. Use your imagination.
Part of the game room upstairs is shaped like the poker table it currently holds (above). There’s also a kitchenette with bar-height seating . . .
and media center with acoustics-assisting finishes:
The grounds incorporate a “cocktail pool” (above), plus an in-ground trampoline and a zip line.
A fence encloses the entire 2.6-acre property, located at the end of a winding road making a loop off Grogan’s Point Rd.
- 142 S. Tranquil Path Dr. [HAR]