Into the Woods of a Piney Point Property

Saluting cacti and other Western ware lead to a home off the range — but just a short cul-de-sac away from Memorial Dr., west of Voss Rd. And beyond the curbside get-up, it’s a puffed-up country cabin in Piney Point Village. Earlier this month, the dark-stained wooden-clad 1981 home in Ames Place debuted on the market with a $1.75 million asking price.


Outdoor greenery, viewed through the windows, provides most of the color in the mostly monochromatic home, which features several skylights on both floors. Listing pix show 360 degrees of the centrally-positioned main room, all under the surveillance of a photo-bombing stag’s head:

A niche of the main room contains the kitchen’s service window and has space for bar-height seating. HCAD records show the property was remodeled in 2004; the listing cites a recent update of the galley kitchen, located at the front of the 4,455-sq.-ft. home:

Elsewhere in the house, the wooden trim remains sedately stained. In the breakfast area, however, some of the trim has joined the desk and cabinetry for a deep color therapy session:

The adjacent formal dining room, meanwhile, returns the color palette to the natural neutrals:

The basement comes with a wine cellar the listing describes as big enough for a table:

First-floor rooms include a yard-peeking paneled study . . .

. . . and the master suite. (The home’s 3 and a half bathrooms must have been camera shy.)

Upstairs, there’s a game room (above) with a few more skylights — and 3 secondary bedrooms, 2 of which get a balcony:

The covered patio off the main room downstairs combines yet more planking and just a few more skylights.

One of the screened walls is on an electric control — for more direct access to the woodlands:

The 40,000-sq.-ft. lot slopes slightly, giving the 2-car garage a level of its own:

25 Comment

  • Odd Architectural Styling…fortress ranch? It’s usual that the owners of a 1.7 million dollar house would have such cheap furniture. Hey we spent almost 2 million on a house and 2000 on furnishings…bizarre.

  • Too expensive for a teardown (if it was closer to 1mln then maybe), too weird to sell easily as is.

  • AWASP. Guess you don’t know much about furniture. The chandelier alone cost more than that–
    The furnishings are not my taste but they are hardly right off I-45 North.
    It is also not uncommon for owners of a home to have furniture not on par with the dollar value of the home. You think Gallery Furniture doesn’t deliver to the 019, 024 or 098? Think again. I suppose every stick in your Southampton abode came staright from David Sutherland and Donghia right?
    Some people value other things more. Some are not educated. Others are tasteless.

  • This is a 2 million dollar house, one would expect Louis Shanks not Gallery, it’s surprising that’s all, as for the chandelier, it must be a holdover from the former owners, maybe as a gift when they saw the atrocious brick a Brack they were unloading to furnish the home.

  • I do my best to buy all my furniture from thrift stores, personally.

  • Straight men don’t give a s*it about furniture. It’s something to protect your floors from the pizza boxes.

  • boy what a bunch of sniping bit– you all live in a cheap apt with yard sale furniture..the furniture in that house is very expensive for the time….y’all jealous???

  • Ahhhhh…. two lawyers getting a divorce… Yes the furniture is crap in relation to the house. It almost seems like they didn’t plan on staying there for too long…

  • Gary, What? This is the “Comments” part of the blog… they are supposed to be based on… ya know… readers’ opinions and stuff about the things that Swamplot decides to show us. How old are you?

  • Thanks for comparing all straight men to Neanderthals who sit on cardboard boxes in their wife beaters with their gut handing out watching Pro Wrestling, ugh, such a troll

  • It could just be that the Pappas family has
    been too busy working and making honest money to spend time redecorating thte house.
    Wonder where they are building?

  • Price and taste are not always parallel. I’ve seen some pretty frogly stuff from supposedly high end places, particularly when one gets into the “specialty” end of the spectrum.

  • It’s pretty. The décor was clearly done from room-to-room as necessary, and according to the current owner’s taste at the time. The furniture was obviously packed in from another home, and it was meant to be a placeholder until the children grew up and quit scuffing things. Sorta of the way that homes are when people live in them. The property itself is lovely.

  • I think that is a very reasonable price. Not that I could EVER afford it.

  • Gary et al,
    Creative types can’t help conjuring the back-story.

  • I live in a fairly expensive home and all of my furniture is stuff I have got from Costco, Macy’s, and a little IKEA.
    Why? Because I see the value in the expensive home as it is a place that’s big enough for my family in a location I want to be in. But I don’t get much value from having a $10,000 sofa. I just don’t get it.
    Same with expensive clothes. I like to have a nice watch but the rest of my daily wardrobe is flip-flops and shorts

  • WASP you prove again and again that you just don’t get it. Commonsense was making a joke .
    And if anyone is a troll…..

  • Well, it seems some fit the stereotype to a T….congratulations?

  • What’s a photo-bombing stag’s head? And, with a wine cellar like that, who cares?

  • My parents built this house, completed in 1983. The exterior clapboards are clear heart redwood, 2×6 construction before that was popular, lots of structural steel support, skylights specially designed to be flush with roof (never leaked). Designed by University of Houston architecture professor, Griffin – not sure of first name.

    The house was very “in the woods” – there was no grass, lots of under-story trees, leafy forest floor. A ravine runs behind the house and there is a bridge to the garage over a joining ravine. The driveway and garage have heavy-duty, well engineered concrete retaining walls.

    The house was very tastefully decorated by my mother with Austrian crystal chandeliers, beautiful antiques, Persian rugs – no hint of Spanish or country western decor. The dining room had beautifully detailed Audubon wallpaper.

  • This house has great bones….just don’t know why someone forced a Sante Fe style kitchen into it.

  • Folks can get all snarky about the decor, but having a home with all those windows looking out on your own personal forest is worth the price.

  • Ditto on what Chef said. House has a lot of potential

  • Usually when I see an article with 10+ comments it is pretty clear subject matter has drifted from insight about the article to the normal firing back and forth.

    The house was built 32 years ago. From the pictures alone and it’s location on the map, I feel this 4,455 sqft home on a 40,000 sqft lot is actually priced on point.

  • Very few argue it’s value. It’s I the heart of Memorial for Heaven’s sake, but thanks John Daugherty