Paul Revere didn’t ride past this pedigreed residential slice of New England in Memorial’s Greenbay Forest, but it sure looks like he could have. The classic Cape Cod home (top) is a much more recent vintage than 18th c., however. It’s a 1978 design by the go-to group for such work, Boston-based Royal Barry Wills Associates. With its simple, broad-faced elevation and snow-deterring roof, many features are true to form, right down to the “keeping room” off the kitchen (above). Earlier this week, the home landed on the shores of the MLS. It has an asking price of $3.5 million.
Modern life amenities (and Texas proportions) have been worked into the 5,037-sq.-ft. floor plan. There are, for example, closets (no longer taxed) and ceilings taller than traditional duck-or-bump height. Custom touches inside include extensive millwork and softly gleaming hand-milled wide-plank pine flooring.
The living room is down a step and features recessed windows:
Considering the home’s dead-on New Englandness, it seems a bit curious that Williamsburg gets the credit for the colonial color scheme. Shouldn’t that red on the front door and in the study be called something more regional, say, boggy cranberry?
Three chimneys serve 5 wood-burning fireplaces, several of which are corner-cutters:
In the kitchen area, the floor bricks are handmade . . .
and there are a lot of them; they extend into the adjacent “keeping room,” which gets many mentions and photos in the listing:
So, what is a keeping room anyway? Think of it as an early form of family room, a work-and-sleep space close enough to the kitchen to snag some of the heat during the blustery seasons.
All 4 bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite gets one of the fireplaces and double closets:
One of the upstairs rooms, over the 3-car garage judging by the windows, has a kitchenette (above) and plenty of room for gatherings, with and without media intent:
HCAD indicates a 1988 renovation and the listing mentions exterior work in 2006 that brought in more outdoor amenities, such as a pergola, not-so-colonial pool, and more charming brick patios and walkways:
The home’s exterior features clear heart cedar clapboards.
In addition to high hedges, landscaping on the 20,000-sq.-ft. lot includes apple trees, blue and white plumbago, purple sage, native grasses and roses. A split rail fence hugs the perimeter of the front lawn.
The property is west of Voss Rd. and a few blocks east of Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
- 11030 Greenbay St. [HAR]