Party like it’s 1699 or so in this North Blvd. mansion in Edgemont, where an updated 1925 estate includes a full-blown concert hall, super-formal formal rooms, and a platoon of figures serving a variety of decorative and occasionally structural purposes. The palatial, seemingly performance-ready venue and its collection of antique architectural embellishments sits on the northwest corner of North and Mandell St.
Winsome, stoned — or maybe just plastered — maidens toting cherubs (below) indicate the property’s garden entry off the Mandell sidewalk. The re-imagineered Old World home sits on the westbound side of a famous live-oak lined block with a median separating the one-way traffic flows.
Many of the listing photos appear to be versions of magazine spreads featuring the overhauled 7,985-sq.-ft. home. It’s located just shy of the Broadacres Historic District and a couple-three blocks south of the Mandell bridge over the Southwest Fwy. HCAD records a 1969 addition to the home, an update in 1975, and a 2005 remodeling with expansion. But the living and dining rooms (below) retain their original flanking-the-foyer placement.
Frescoes and other painted surfaces blur the real and the faux in much of the Europhilic interior:
Cherubs et al float above the “morning room” (above), which has a view into a walled garden with caryatid sentries at the portico (at right). Inside, some of the statuary handles the heavy lifting of a hieroglyphic ceiling in what the listing cites as “The Florentine Room” (below):
A few more heavenly hosts keep a playful watch o’er the spa upstairs:
Above the chamber music chamber, a gilded grouping hovers:
Even figure-free, the kitchen ceiling still carries a bit of color. Below it are plenty of prep space and cook-for-a-crowd appliances:
The 4-or-5 bedroom home includes 2 master bedrooms, including the one pictured below with a fireplace and built-ins. Other bedrooms as well as the 6 full- and 3 half-baths didn’t make it into the listing:
Upstairs, there’s a loggia with “summer kitchen” overlooking an arcade-ringed piazza . . .
Swag-swathed, a home gym (above) with stained-glass windows is just off the even-more-ornate spa.
As in the opening of an Esther Williams film, forms divine populate the pool area:
Come July, the much-modified mega-Mediterranean property will mark a milestone year on the market. Its asking price since April has been $4.9 million, down from an earlier $5,785,000.
- 1604 North Blvd. [HAR]