Some of the green that goes with this early player in energy-conscious home building in Bellaire could be the $200,000 price increase over its sale last July, when it went for $1.35 million. The ca. 2002 limestone-and-stucco property with Texas Hill Country stylin’ — designed back then for her own family by architect Kathleen Reardon — popped back up on the market earlier this week with a $1.55 million asking price. Some of the enviro-sensitive elements are visible from the get-go, such as the deep overhangs on the eaves. Others are buried deep in the lot — where a network of caverns 250-ft. deep use underground temperatures to regulate the air conditioning and heating. Solar panels and low-water landscaping also play the green card.
And so does the breeze. This fancyÂ ‘dog trot’ entryway may be a fancy vaulted one with flagstone and exposed trusses, but it still lets the air flow. Sliding doors and windows (with screens) and remote-controlled operating skylights help it do so.
Several rooms with high ceilings combine functions, such as the living-dining area (above) and family room (below) with stairwell and go-with-the-flow views through distant windows, stacked where possible. But only on the north and south walls; the home’s design has no windows facing east or west.
The trim is cypress wood, and it’s used all over the house:
The dining area adjacent to the kitchen looks over the southern-exposure back yard, and there’s a patio off the adjacent family room.
In an otherwise open floor plan, these 2 offices off the entry (above and below) get walls and doors, but they doÂ connect:
Not pictured in the listing are the bedroom downstairs and its bathroom, which “integrated” materials from the original home that stood on the lot, according to a writeup of a 2006 home tour of the property.
The master suite is upstairs and comes with a balcony (above).
An extra closet off the master closet (above) looks to have enough storage to handle a bike team. The listing says the space also has an area with a built-in table for sewing, wrapping, or crafts:
Three secondary bedrooms of various proportions also fit upstairs:
This one gets a loft:
This one has a door to a balcony connecting the front bedrooms:
They share this bathroom:
The solar features earned the home a slot on the National Solar Tour back in 2006. The panels help with the power and heat the water for the 4,368-sq.-ft. house — and itsÂ pool:
At the back of the lot, which is just shy of a half-acre, there’s a partly finished bath house with this view of the property, located west of Chimney Rock Rd.
Planters bump up the herb garden. (Other landscaping includes cactus fruit trees.)