Lock and Stock on the Block at a Sea View Retreat in Seabrook

Cupola-capped, this perky 1967 seaside retreat in Seabrook’s El Jardin Del Mar community has expansive views of Upper Galveston Bay from cheery-trimmed windows and a gazebo-enhanced porch. Asking $350,000 since its initial listing 2 months ago, the property’s unwavering price includes all the “like-a-picture book” furnishings, many of which are as mirrored as the walls.


Inside, simple tile flooring meets oodles of ornate woodwork, be it chiseled trim, Old World-style cabinetry, or other built-ins — most of them with door accents and other embellishments, such as two-toned rustication, carvings, or both. The floor plan, meanwhile, starts with a mirror-sided, curio-anchored foyer (at right, beyond the sofa) off the framed line-up of living room (top), dining area (below), and kitchen.

In the kitchen (above) — yes, that is the kitchen — Formica tops the carved cabinets holding the sink and electric stove top. The microwave and a convection oven hide in a paneled pantry unit (at left in photo above). An adjacent breakfast nook (at right) sports a mirrored triptych and has access to a back porch. Elsewhere downstairs, there’s a study with shelving and columns surrounding the (surprise!) mirror-topped mock fireplace . . .

. . . and the home’s second bedroom, currently used as a den. Here, the wall mirror and glass tabletop appear in triplicate:

Upstairs, the master suite is an all-in-one space that includes the column-accented spa tub and vanity:

For privacy in an otherwise open room that’s accessed by an equally exposed Alhambra-fretted stairwell, the toilet is just behind a set of mirror-paneled doors:

There’s another full bathroom downstairs:

Outside, meanwhile, a small porch with seating area off the den overlooks the back lawn and peeks toward the water:

The home’s deep setback (above) accommodates a circular driveway, but there’s no garage. Across the street from the third-of-an-acre property, there’s a waterfront park with playground, parking, and public potties. Plus the bay:

This home previously sold for $179,000 — in 2006.

3 Comment

  • I agree!!! ^^^ Ouch!!
    This over-the-top “trophy mansion” should give you some idea of its owner pomposity.

  • I think it is lovely. I hate boring bland, “looks like every other house on the street.” Love what you love and forget the rest.

    As for “trophy mansion” and “owner pomposity”…obviously the above posters haven’t seen some of the generic, beige stucco monstrosities being built all over Taylor Lake and Clear Lake. I prefer this over the crap thats gone up all around me.