Sliding Through the Doors and Skylights of a $1 Million Mid-Century Hilshire Village Mod



Apart from the snazzy red cars parked by the home’s courtyard entry, a flat-topped 1963 Hilshire Village property keeps a low profile beneath the canopy of mature trees on its large lot, which is located in the Burkhardt Plaza neighborhood west of Wirt Rd. and just north of the Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church on the eastbound I-10 feeder road. Updated in 2009, the midcentury modern with the not-so-modern decor landed on the market a week ago, asking $1.1 million. By the weekend, though, the price had dropped to $997,500.



Terrazzo dominates the interior’s common rooms, which include a step-down family room that’s spanned by beams painted to match the ceiling:


Instead, a wall of windows draws the eye (and a lot of sofas):



Dinner serves a side dish of courtyard view through glass panels framed in heavy trim:


A more informal dining area awaits in the adjacent kitchen, which floats an island pair above boldly patterned flooring:



A skylight (one of several dotting the home) doubles the room’s lighting:



Sliding doors at the far end of the kitchen lineup open to a back patio:


Another set of sliders lands in the study:


And extra-wide sliders span the master bedroom. Measuring 24 ft. by 17 ft., it’s about double the size of the 4 camera-shy secondary bedrooms.


This peek-a-boo bathroom appears to belong to the master suite. Two other full bathrooms and a half-bath land elsewhere in the 3,683-sq.-ft. floor plan:


Portions of a patio-deck are covered (or semi-covered by skylights):


There’s also an open air section that’s closer to a winding paver-and-pebble pathway:


At the back of the home, the study and master bedroom share a shallow potted-plant-lined decklet tucked beneath the roof’s overhang:


The back lot tapers to a jagged wedge that’s mostly lawn:



Low fencing marks the ravine lot’s edge:


Price Drop

9 Comment

  • 1) Fire your agent and take down the listing 2) Hire someone to properly stage and shoot professional photographs. 3) Re-list at $825k (but leave the German cars out front – they are hot.) 4) Dig a large hole in the backyard where the next owner will want a pool. Fill the hole with all the wooden furniture pictured in listing #1. Set furniture on fire.

  • Gotta agree with d713.
    If it is not a teardown, why ever would it be displayed in such a careless fashion?

  • With some modern furniture and better staging, this place would really sing. The layers of clutter really detract from the clean lines. Yeah, fire the agent.

  • You can never have too many Buddhas, I repeat, NEVER….

  • I can only assume the Porsches are in the driveway due to the garage being crammed with yet more objects of wood. Man, and I thought I had problems editing with my home decor…

    Still, it’s a shame to see a home with good design and lovely bones being so underwhelmingly presented.

  • In this hot market there seems to be more than a few part time RE agents just mailing it in. I’ve wasted time on too many poorly prepped houses in Spring Branch by agents who respond to suggestions or questions with flippant answers. Too bad, while they may not get $1MM for this place could definitely get a lot given it’s location but it won’t see based on the photos. Most people need to be spoon fed the potential in a property, they can’t visualize it themselves.

  • Hilshire Village – known to the locals as the perfect place to live if you can’t afford an actual Memorial village (south of the Katy freeway) but are still a little too good for the likes of Spring Valley Village.

  • I love the “fire your agent, the stanging sucks”. Anyone that knows me knows I hate defending real estate agents, but some buyers just want their home listed. They don’t want all their stuff taken out so it can be professionally staged.
    And as a seller myself often, I don’t want to deal with the buyer that has to be ‘talked into’ the property via attractive photos, cute staging, and freshly baked cookies at an open house. They’re the ones that are going to be picky during contract period and back out.
    I want to deal with the buyer that wants the place DESPITE the crappy photos. Someone that wants it because it’s the right size in the right location for the right price. I used to put all my photos in HAR upside down in an odd way to draw out the buyer I’d like to work with (till HAR started yelling at me)

  • Native Houstonian – your comment is as bad as saying Hunters Creek Village is known to locals as the place for those who can’t afford Piney Point Village (where “village acres” are de rigeur) but are too good for Bunker Hill Village or Hedwig Village. According to the US Census, Hilshire Village is the 10th wealthiest city in Texas by per capita income, whereas Hedwig Village is “only” the 21st. Any competent real estate professional can tell you the price gap between the Villages north and south of the freeway is not what it used to be.