There are vintage, historical, and perhaps sentimental aspects of this place in Merlin Place, just north of Spring Valley: The listing notes the home was “modeled after” the owner’s previous property in Piney Point. And bits of old Houston, older Galveston, and really old New Orleans worked themselves into the 1995 custom home, which still has some unfinished rooms. Thursday’s listing of the Mansard-roofed property, located between Voss and Bingle roads and south of Westview Dr., has an $840,000 asking price.
A set of wooden storm doors from a 1840s home in New Orleans fronts the 2,427-sq.-ft. house. The rustic floorboards found throughout most of the rooms and on the staircase earned their wear patterns before they were reclaimed from a razed 1858 home in Galveston. In the dining room (below), the display cabinet originally was built for Miss Ima Hogg and used in the Governor Hogg Room at the old Houston Country Club, the listing says.
When 2 other sets of antique storm doors are left open, the view from the family room takes in the back yard, located on the north side of the 9,216-sq.-ft. lot. Antique “Chicago fire brick” surrounds the wood-burning fireplace:
Overhead beams in the tandem family room and kitchen also came from the Galveston property.
The white pine kitchen cabinets might look old, but they’re more recent custom reproductions based on the raised panels of an 18th Century American cabinet in the adjacent family room. Meanwhile, the butcherblock counter is another refugee from the old Houston Country Club:
The 4th and final storm door (they all open to a covered back porch) shows up in the first floor’s master suite:
The secondary bedrooms are upstairs. Only one is finished, however, and it gets a window seat and walk-in closet:
Down the hall, this other space is open to interpretation (and finishing), hence the listing’s bedroom count of 2 to 4:
The back porch’s walkway depth just squeezes in a swing . . .
looking across most of the storm doors and yard:
The mighty live oak out front looks mighty old, too.
- 8618 Merlin Dr. [HAR]