Even the home staging is staged in this Bellaire listing. Vacant when shown locally, the home’s online profile features several fully furnished, clutter-free rooms. A virtual staging service enhanced photos with an overlay of furniture and accessories from its library of actual decorative components. Thus, the family room just off the kitchen appears in its empty natural state (just above) and its tasteful-but-tame cyber-enhanced version (top). Other life-like rooms created with planted furnishings, such as the combo living and dining room, breakfast nook, and master bedroom, are described as such in the listing for the 4-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home.
Among the (real) amenities in the home, however, are hardwood floors, an elevator, and stainless commercial-style kitchen appliances, including a 6-burner gas range. The master bedroom has newly replaced real carpet. There’s an extra room off the family room with a purpose left up to the future owners: study? cloistered dining room? media room? No virtual suggestions were included from the photo enhancers at Virtually Staging Properties. (And sorry, the company doesn’t sell real versions of the furnishings it plants in pix of its clients’ empty properties.)
The kitchen, as-is, with real appliances and high-end finishes.
The family room, unaltered, overlooks a landscaped yard (real).
The dual sink layout is not a mirror trick.
The non-enhanced closet has adjustable shelving.
Slate patio. Real. Landscaping? Ditto.
Located on a 5,000-sq.-ft. lot that’s 2 blocks west of the West Loop, the unfurnished home’s $750,000 asking price is a recent reduction from the initial listing of $775,000 a month ago. Is this the first home in Houston to employ virtual home staging? It’s likely not the last.