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This single-story home at the corner of Persa and Avalon Pl. was designed by architect T. George McHale for himself and his family in 1960 — and transformed more recently by its later owner, Betsie Weatherford. It carries a bit of an interior design pedigree as well: McHale’s wife Inez McHale was one of the interior designers selected by Jackie Kennedy to redecorate the White House; Weatherford, who purchased the property a decade ago, was the owner of the Ellouise Abbott design showrooms in Houston and Dallas.
The home is in a small subdivision called Melanie Court, adjacent to a better-known neighborhood called Glendower Court. It’s in the superblock bounded by Shepherd, Kirby, Fairview, and San Felipe St., which puts the home a couple blocks away from the Hot Bagel Shop and only a 15-minute stroll from West Ave.
The 2-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home is clad in limestone and built around a central atrium. The entrance, past a parking court in front, opens to the atrium’s eastern end. To the right are the home’s main living spaces: a living room at the front, a longer den paralleling the court — each with wood floors and their own fireplace — and the kitchen at back. The dining room and the front entry, which sit opposite each other on the far sides of the atrium, both have vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows facing the atrium. Kitchen and dining room both have doors to a paved patio in the back garden.
The bedroom wing flanks the south side of the atrium. What was once the third bedroom has been converted into a room-sized closet and dressing area for the master bedroom, with a separate walk-in-closet adjacent.
Photos showing off the decor of the spaces arrayed around the atrium are available on the property website. A floor plan will help you understand the organization of the home; you’ll find a PDF of one here. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact Michael Good of Michael Good Properties. Contact details are available on his webpage on HAR.
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