Whatever the renovation vision might have been appears to have been suspended for the Farnham Park property previously owned by fashion designer Tina Knowles, also known as Solange and Beyoncé’s mom. Among the work interrupted: peeled back ceilings and notches in the colonnade encircling the vast main room, left empty but for a lingering set of plans near an abandoned work table.
Pastor and developer Kirbyjon Caldwell and his wife Suzette Caldwell bought the property from the Knowleses in 2012 for $2.9 million, when the ask was $3.4 million. In its listing earlier this month, the house appears to be half gutted and in a state of disarray. Its price tag starts a bit lower too, at $2.85 million.
Compared to the way the room looked when it was last for sale (at right), much has been scraped away. Step-up sections and window swags survived the melee (above). But ceilings have been skinned and the columns and pilasters lining both sides of the combo living-dining room have been notched, as if by really short lumberjacks:
Between listings, the square footage has grown a bit — to 9,028 sq. ft. (It was 8,885 sq. ft. in the previous listing.) HCAD, meanwhile, weighs it at 9,533 sq. ft. The floor plan once carried 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and two half-baths, a connected kitchen-den (at right), and balconies on both levels. Such distinctions are a bit tricky to detect in the stripped-down spaces of the new listing:
Renovations do not appear to have reached the storybook poolscape with island and bridges, the adjacent pool house, or the grounds that roll toward a bend in Buffalo Bayou located west of S. Voss Rd. and south of San Felipe Rd.: They’re all intact on the 2.6-acre property.
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