Facing a courtyard and across from a waterside swimming pool, a 2006 Tuscan townhome anchors its corner of Clear Lake’s Armandwilde development. A pond roped off from Mud Lake, the final form of Armand Bayou as it flows into Clear Lake, laps at the property’s shore, which is located off Space Center Blvd. north of E. NASA Pkwy. The old Jim West Mansion, once a repository for moon rocks but now an anchor haberdashery for Hakeem Olajuwon, is nearby. This stucco-and-tile clad unit, one of the larger for the development, was listed last week at $299,000. That’s nearly $200K less than its $495,000 ask back in the heady days of 2008, but that offering expired after 4 months on the market.
Much of the landscaping clings to the unit’s frontage on a palm-and-courtyard pedestrian mall that runs between core sections of the development. The 3-story home’s elevated front entry is on a less ornate elevation, facing southeast. The 2,760-sq.-ft. floor plan enables an open-door policy in the living room, its windows sited with views in 2 directions . . .
or 4 directions, if you count the open sky above and groomed grounds below. Some of the open land across the fronds appears to lie in wait for future building projects:
Kitchen, informal dining, and a sofa-sized family room area share the all-in-one space at the back of the home:
Unlike the living room’s balcony, the one off the breakfast area accommodates seating. It looks over the shared driveway serving garages at the back of the homes in this section of the development.
One of the home’s 3 full bathrooms is located on the middle level. Its tile style . . .
is echoed in this cave for storage, found at ground level:
Two of the home’s 3 bedrooms and another of its bathrooms also share that lower level:
Meanwhile, the top floor . . .
punctuated by a skylight and art alcove . . .
is the domain of the master suite:
A bit telescopic, the closet stretches 23 ft.:
This extra room appears to be on that level as well; it faces the central mall:
Some leftover space currently provides an aerie:
There’s a $2,760 annual maintenance fee.
- 5 Kiskadee Ln. [HAR]
About 2 years ago, the residents there were complaining about the stagnant water in Mud Lake, and how the stench had gotten really bad. Hope things are better now, but that probably is part of why there’s such a big drop in value for properties in that development. Here’s a news story about a dead alligator floating in their lake: http://www.khou.com/story/news/2014/07/19/11712334/