Yep. It’s pink, and a sun-baked shade at that. The adobe abode has Sante Fe styling in an age and area more prone to “Texas Tuscan.” Located in Bellaire’s Westmoreland Farms section, this 2000 home was a late work of designer Roger Rasbach, considered a pioneer of energy-conscious home design. The hacienda itself measures 5,454 sq. ft., but its footprint includes another 850 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space containing courtyards, pavilions, a pergola, a pool, and a spa. On its eastern border, the near-acre lot backs up to a utility easement, with railroad tracks beyond. The almost-an-acre lot was up for sale for a spell last year. Re-listed in April by the same agent after 5-month breather — and a price drop of nearly a quarter-million dollars — the home’s asking price has remained steady since, at $2,199,500.
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Views go both ways between interior rooms and a courtyard (above) with walkway and colonnade that lead to the hand-carved front door:
Slate floors, Lodge poles, and latilla ceilings dominate the first floor’s finishes. The home also makes ample use of teak, cypress, and hammered copper. In the entryway, many walls include artsy alcoves:
Both the ceiling and the chimney rise 22 ft. in a 2-story “Great Room,” which is open to several downstairs rooms:
In the dining room, a “wine cellar” (at right) holds 500 bottles.
The kitchen counters are slabs of mesquite and sandstone.
Two of the 4 bedrooms are on the second floor (and not pictured in the listing). Downstairs, there’s a guest room and the master suite (below), which has access to an outdoor spa (at left) and a bathroom with its own exercise room:
Outdoor amenities include a “summer kitchen,” which has screened, full-height windows:
There’s also this open-air pavilion with an adobe fireplace:
A pergola rings the pool, punctuated by palm trees:
The fully-fenced yard has a 3-car garage plus carport.
The home was completed 3 years before the designer’s death, after a 50-year career. Rasbach also worked on tony mansions, innovative energy-aware homes, and the bucolic Vargo’s restaurant, Houston’s dining landmark on 9 acres off Fondren Rd. That site is now slated to be covered by an apartment complex.
- 614 Mulberry Ln. [HAR]