Heavily Limbed, Hidden Braes Terrace Home Along the Bayou Asks $689K




Tended plantings have been a priority at a 1954 Braes Terrace property across from Brays Bayou’s southern banks and hike-and-bike trail. One cluster of trees near the sidewalk screens the updated home from passing traffic on the thoroughfare it fronts; another, closer to the home, adds a second layer of privacy (top) at the circular driveway. Dense ground cover, meanwhile, creeps across much of the shady lot, which is located near Bevlyn St., west of Buffalo Speedway. The interior is also well-groomed (above), though room purposes have been rotated:



With its double-pane picture window facing the view-protected front yard, the largest room at the front of the 2,616-sq.-ft. home shifted from living room status to current dining room. And the original dining room is now a study:


Flooring choices shift from slate in the foyer (at the top of the story), to wood in much of the layout, and parquet in the open-ended den, which remains a den . . .


while the former study beyond became an office with a tile floor. The room shares its southern exposure via a wall of glass panel doors and windows:


In the kitchen, which updated at some point . . .


the eating area is open to the den, as is a small service window over some of the countertops, which serves a breakfast bar (not pictured):


The 3-bedroom home has 2 full bathrooms. In the master suite, French doors bring direct access outside:


That’s not an exterior door in the updated and expanded master bathroom, it’s a full-height window:


Both secondary bedrooms feature plantation shutters, but only this one made the listing photos:


They share the hall bathroom:


Near the back of the home, the grounds incorporate a patio with a dining area beneath a pergola, all beneath the yard’s live oak canopy:


The 13,870-sq.-ft. lot includes a few flagstone walkways.


HCAD indicates a 1995 renovation. When listed in mid-February, the property’s asking price was $698K.

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6 Comment

  • Wow. Its beautiful. Looks like a nightmare to maintain. God help the person who has to clean up after these live oaks in the spring.

  • All these tree limbs are a Haza Foods wet dream.

  • Gorgeous house, large lot and amazing yard, but would not want to deal with possible flooding.

  • I can almost feel the swarms of mosquitoes attacking looking at that landscaping.

  • The fact that it’s still there and lovely suggests it didn’t flood during Allison, which was the storm that led to all of the mega rebuilding along that corridor when the bayou came up, i.e. houses flooded, insurance paid out and homeowners went WAY UP. The few ranches that did flood in that area were fairly disheveled looking for a long time before finally selling out for land value. I assumed those folks just had inferior insurance payouts, or the houses were owned outright and carried no insurance. Wouldn’t be hard to determine whether this one flooded and was really well redone. Inspector should be able to discover.

  • @Potent Stuff – for $35/week, you can get a full yard crew to trim, sweep, rake, etc. and you’ll never have to lift a finger. I thought large trees are actually a sought-after amenity, and contribute to property value. Is that not the case?