Hugging the Shore in Shoreacres, a Wild Vintage ‘Fish Camp’ Angles for Half a Million



“Little Castle” or “Tree House”? This coastal property forged of sticks and stones in Shoreacres is known by either name; it’s a 1932-built landmark near the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte. Thick, rough cut rocks clad much of the exterior, which comes with a chimney-hugging turret (top). Near its breeze-facing entry off a patio, 4 ‘faux bois’ pine trees — one of which looks a bit squirrely (above) — lend their support.




A historic marker elsewhere on the 19,066-sq.-ft. lot provides the property’s pedigree. It was built as a “fish camp,” a weekend pad constructed for furniture retailer Isaiah P. Walker and family by son-in-law Preston Plumb Jr. (He and his father had developed an early section of West University.) The bayfront-ish home is cited as the only one in Harris County with embedded fake piney wood columns (‘ya think?) It was listed a week ago and bears a $500,000 price tag.


How’s this for rustic? Time and use have worn 2 types of cypress wood (pecky on the walls and Australian on the floors) and a smudged-up grand-scale fireplace. Nearby, a neo-medieval spiral staircase creeps up the turret’s interior:


Exposed beams overhead, meanwhile, shape a view-finder for a white-washed ceiling on the up and up:


The squirrel-graced wood-like column and its companions sprout on the edge of what was once a porch sited for the prevailing breeze. It has a side-winder view of the water. Currently used for dining, the pick-a-texture space appears to have been enclosed at some point:


It’s off the kitchen, which has a cabinet-framed service window that extends between the rooms, as well as French doors:


Countertops and appliances have been swapped out:


Seahorse hardware stands out against the steam-bent wood of a wine alcove seemingly entombed under a section of the circular staircase: 


The master bedroom is on the first floor. Dark trim outlines the room’s boundaries:


Its adjacent water park of a bathroom comes with a walk-in, down-a-step shower with dual shower heads . . .


some tile-style artwork . . .


a spa tub surrounded by privacy windows, jazzy floor tile, and a custom vanity of mahogany and zebrawood with glass vessel sink:


Plus, there’s another outcropping of rock wall here:


And then there’s the closet, accessed by either frosty-paneled door:



Custom light fixtures play off the designs in the pressed tin ceilings:


Finishes in rooms upstairs are as light as the the ground floor’s are moody. There’s a sitting room at the top of the stairs . . .


and some secondary bedrooms (the home has 3 to 5 total, depending how you count) . . .



Here’s the other full bathroom:


The half-bath’s sink motif burbles its fish camp connection:


Back at ground level, the end of an enclosed porch (aka the study) looks toward the bay . . .


and up the road to HYC and its marina. Absent from the listing photos is the vista slightly southwest of the property — in which the port-scale cranes working across the channel at the Bayport Container Terminal rise above the treeline.


Artistic flourishes trending toward seaside life continue outside. There’s a bright skies mural . . .


and a matching outdoor shower, with little fishy accent tiles:


The garage keeps it simple. It fits 2 cars, a golf cart, utility room, and space for a workshop, plus a 50-gal. recirculating water heater.


Upper Galveston Bay is right across the street. There’s a private fishing pier and boat launch within walking distance. The driveway extends past much of home on a lot that includes a narrow spur of wooded property connecting out back to one of the bayside neighborhood’s interior streets: Shadylawn. The community has a $65 annual maintenance fee.



Rocky and Squirrely

2 Comment

  • The historical marker is priceless:

    “…demonstrates popular architectural influences from the period in which it was built, as well as unique design elements that continue to set it apart from neighboring homes.”

    This could be used to describe any outdated, ugly building in Houston.

  • I am the Realtor/Listing Agent providing these pictures and presenting this home for sale. Since these pictures were taken, the home has had some classy updates and is now priced at $460,000. It is a pleasure to give a verbal and visual tour of this home with it’s rich history and character. I would love to show it to any qualified buyer. Please note that the $65 annual fee is voluntary and only applies to the fishing pier and boat launch. Please keep in mind that even with it’s historical value, the home is not in a historical district, so no special provisions (only normal city permits) are required to make additions or updates to this home.