All the Glass Block in a Huge 4-Story Warehouse District Townhouse



Glass brick and more glass brick — in the form of 4-square dots and tall shafts — let in the light in this warehouse district townhome built by Edgefield Developers in 2005 as part of a 3-pack. But it’s the ample deployment of recessed lighting that really amps up the interior. The towering property sits on the corner of a fenced, half-built half-block just west of McKee St. and north of a Metro bus barn near a bend in Buffalo Bayou and its bike trail. The home landed on the market earlier this month, asking $645,000.



Multistory stacks of glass block offer an mottled worldview and flank the low-floating fireplace in the living room (above). At the other end of the room, a semi-wall semi-screens the adjacent dining room and helps form parallel runways to the kitchen. Follow-the-dot lighting overhead goes with that flow:


Along the route, there’s some nifty built-in storage (with a little more accent lighting) and a coffee-compatible bar sink:


Sliding glass doors open in the living room access a front porch that takes in downtown’s east side skyline — and the storage yard’s roofline:


Cribbing from the Menil Collection, walls are detailed so they appear separated from the floors — and the ceilings.


A well-lit island kitchen and breakfast room include access to a back porch through a glass panel door (above). The window, however, appears to be another frosted one. Exterior spiral staircases connect porches found on every level at the back of the home. The spirals end at ground level, by the 2-car garage tucked into the base of the 4,806-sq.-ft. home.



The floor plan has 3 (or 4) bedrooms, each 14 ft. wide, and a camera-shy study that measures 28 ft. by 20 ft.


Spotlighting also shines in the master bedroom (above) and bath, which is one of 4 total (one is a half-bath):


A secondary bedroom at the back of the home has what appears to be an actual plain-glass window, though its view of nearby I-10 East gets a blindfold in this view:


Nearby, there’s also this “sitting room” with sliding glass doors:


There don’t appear to be any photos of the home’s fourth level or ground level in the listing. The home sits on a 3,132-sq.-ft. slice of the fenced and landscaped half-block. A shared driveway runs between side streets Richey and Walnut near Nance St. Last Concert Cafe and food-critic hearthrob Oxheart are both a short jaunt away on foot.

Let There Be Mottled Light

7 Comment

  • This part of downtown intrigues me. Old warehouses, brick roads, and a couple of art spaces. It’s really underutilized and right by the bayou.

  • Looks like Patrick Bateman’s place.

  • Warehouse District houston needs to look at Warehouse district Toronto to see how they should develop

  • I didn’t know we had a “warehouse district.” Is that official? As an aside, there are actually warehouses all over the city, with the larger ones typically being much further out where land is cheaper. The largest warehouse I’ve ever been inside is in Laporte. It has something like 200+ truck bays. Very impressive to stand inside it on one end and squint your eyes to barely see the other end.

  • It must cost a freaking fortune when all those light bulbs go out at the same time. Plus the bonus of death-defying fun on the ladder to change them all.

  • Is: This area is one of those places what has long been popular with artists (primarily for the cheap and plentiful studio space) but is slowly pricing them out. Diverse Works moved (as did all the artists who had studio space in that building). Word on the street is that studio space rents are going up and new owners are coming in. This seemed apparent at the last Art Crawl, which takes place primarily in that district. I have doubts about how much the warehouse district can gentrify–it’s right across the McKee Street bridge (a whimsical masterpiece) from James Bute Park, which is pretty much a bum campground. But the district’s artsy feel will gradually diminish as it is improved for middle class residents. It’s an eternal cycle.

  • Maybe two of these 21 year old geologists making 150000+ everyone is going on and on about will buy it–they can use their 75000 bonus as a down payment, right?