Smack in the middle of a Meyerland street of single-story ranch-style homes, an East-ish-meets-West property bumps up its curbside presence (and square footage) while keeping its inner life focused on the central courtyard with fountain (top). Was the mishmash of pan-Asian flavoring part of a 2001 remodeling or was any of it original to the one-of-a-kind 1970 home? The listing on Wednesday, which notes a $739,000 asking price, doesn’t make it clear. Let’s just say that there’s a whole lot more going on inside this home than might be hinted by the mostly quiet exterior.
The squat-topped home sits behind a bushy berm cultivated between the circular drive and the street, which also curves a bit on its name-changing route from Chimney Rock Rd. toward S. Rice Blvd. in a neighborhood just south of Brays Bayou. Front windows, a red roof with upturned corners, and accent timbers keep the distinctive property looking more like a pavilion than a no-peeking compound.
A decorative metal screen gates the front entry, which also features daunting double doors of copper and iron (above). Inside, a bridge from the rock-paper-lacquered foyer . . .
is one of many access points into the covered courtyard. (It looks like a cube in aerial maps.)
Rooms that ring the atrium include the comb0 living-dining area, which blends bamboo flooring with less traditional crown molding . . .
and the updated kitchen. Its prep-top island lurks behind a curvy bar-height counter:
Seeing red? The rosy-hued room off the kitchen in the photo above could be the home’s half-bathroom . . .
or it could indicate entry to the first floor’s master suite:
Bamboo-style trim on the double vanity throws golden relief on ivory-painted cabinetry in the master bathroom. A garden blooms on the walls, in the double sinks, and even on the fixtures.
Meanwhile, in the tub-shower, dragons blow hot and cold:
This eye-popping office is right off the master suite:
The 2nd floor’s master bedroom has a window seat as one of its blonded built-ins. Its balcony, it appears, looks over the back yard (rather than the courtyard); the grille is a step or two beyond the doors leading to it.
The home has 6 or 7 bedrooms plus quarters over the 2-car garage. Several rooms upstairs appear to open to each other and feature an assortment of flooring, from hardwoods to tile:
The grille across this room’s outer threshold likely indicates a courtyard view.
This playful rainbow of a bedroom . . .
appears to get its own equally colorful bathroom:
A little hyperbole in the listing quips about the home having “a million” bathrooms when the actual count is 5 (plus powder room).
Could the backyard-facing bump out with balcony and glass bricks indicate the upper master suite? A porch with more perky roof tiles looks over the 10,106-sq-ft. lot’s remaining yard, handily watered by a sprinkler system:
HCAD pegs the home at 3,922-sq.-ft. but the seller calls it an estimated 5,000 sq. ft. (plus quarters).
- 5119 Queensloch Dr. [HAR]