A Brief Tour of the Lodgings at the Motel Briargrove Park

Vintage postcard coloring in this relisting’s exterior photos further the motor lodge vibe of this updated 1971 Briargrove Park hacienda, located on a dog-boned inner street with cul-de-sacs at either end. The ground-hugging home’s front-filling parking court (in lieu of garage) abuts a gallery of gated arches at the entry’s inner courtyard. On and off the market since November 2012 — when it debuted at $679,000 — the property returned last week with a new agent, new agency, and new and slightly lower price: $659,000.


Arcs repeat as a design accent throughout the horizon-facing, 4,071-sq.-ft. home. In the tile-floored living room, for example, they appear above the gas-log fireplace between glass-fronted bookcases — and along the back wall, which opens to the dining room.

Roof-tile red is the current color choice in the dining room. Double doors in the skylit space lead to a large butler’s pantry (on the left) and a storage room (on the right). Mirrors on the far wall increase the room’s presence:

In the kitchen, updated at some point with granite-stainless-steel-hardware picks, there’s a cooktop on the island and panels on the side-by-side refrigerator. Just off the double-oven tower and near a micro-sized microwave (at eye level), a tall slab of corkboard awaits postings and boastings:

According to the listing, the kitchen-with-cantilevered island has room for an informal dining area — but it isn’t pictured. For now, this off-the-entry study with a view into the courtyard has been serving as one:

The mudroom-utility room had a recent storage-boosting update. It leads to the former carport:

Among the home’s 4 and a half baths is this ruddy powder room with lowrise vessel sink:

The 24-ft.-by-15-ft. master suite connects to a sitting room:

Double doors (above) lead to the master bathroom (below):

Among the 4 secondary bedrooms is this one, with its own bath and a marble-topped vanity:

A pair share a Hollywood-style bath:

This one gets access to the back yard:

This standalone room also has its own bathroom:

And here’s the former carport, repurposed as an outdoor hangout:

The 11,103-sq.-ft. lot is fully fenced. It sits north of Briar Forest Dr. and a block from Mary Francklow Park. The neighborhood commands an annual maintenance fee of $620.

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