A waterfront estate in Coldspring’s Paradise Cove on Lake Livingston pumps up the nostalgia. It’s not just the charming merry-go-round (top), a tilted bit of grandchild bait strategically placed on the grounds. Built in 2007, the sprawling, multi-peaked home mirrors grand-scale cottage escapes of another era. The references play out in the home’s scale and interior sprinklings of somewhere-in-time architectural “finds” from round-the-world. Vintage touches blend in with modern building materials made to look old, such as the exterior’s bricks and replica slate roofÂ with griffin and copper finials. Meanwhile, the chimney stacks hail from England, the front door from France, and the gazebo from Egypt. How convincing is the assembly? Only the custom newel posts from New England get a close-up in any of the listing photos, which also indicate a penchant for heavy, dark-stained trim, red velvet accents, and claw foot tubs.
The 3,572-sq.-ft. home’s custom stairwell is framed by an above-the-counter cut-through in the island kitchen:
One of the home’s 2 master suites is on the first floor:
Here’s that closer look at the Baptismal font-ish newel posts (from New England) on the staircase:
Stained glass inserts in a set of interior doors add more Victorian heft to the visuals:
Here’s the master suite upstairs:
In its bathroom appears the first of several old-timey tubs:
Upstairs has 3 other secondary bedrooms of various sizes and the other well-footed bathrooms:
Quarters on the 3.5-acre property come with a kitchen, sitting area, and bedroom:
When this home made its debut on the market in March 2013, its asking price was $2.69 million.Â The price tag dropped in August to $2.15 million and that’s where it has stayed.
- 191 Paradise Trail [HAR]