With its streamlined demilune tower and moat-like driveway, an austere 1979 Southgate home could be considered a contemporary castle, particularly in the imaginations of neighborhood youngsters riding around the block of mostly thirties-vintage housing. There’s plenty inside this property’s C-shaped structure to make up for its no-peeking from curbside blankness, however . . .
Double-deckeredÂ windows and sliding doors, many of them paired up and full-height, ring 3 sides of the sprawling poolscape’s screened-in enclosure.
The home’s listing last week, asking $1.1 million, mentions a “remodeling in progress.”Â HCAD records show a different renovation took place in 1997. The current owners picked up the property in 2002 for $394,000.
A section of lowered ceiling (above) forms a hallway of sorts past the wall of windows and doors shared by the living room . . .
dining room . . .
and bar area:
The open-tread staircase spirals up the front tower:
At the back of the 3,705-sq.-ft. home, the kitchen’s pool view also takes in the front wing:
The study, located off the foyer,Â shares a 2-sided fireplace with the living room on the other side.
Two of the home’s 4 bedrooms are on the first floor. Here’s one:
Each bedroom gets its own bathroom. Here, mirrors and overhead lighting bling up the effects — and blur the presence of the photographer at work:
This upstairs room of built-in shelving looks over the living room via wooden half-walls flanking the brickwork:
Other bed and bath combos:
Whichever room is over the kitchen appears to get a wraparound balcony facing north and west. The lot next door was vacant for many years until 1997, when a front-loading Perry Home went up on it. A brick wall between the 2 properties blocks lines of sight on the first floor only:
A grill area (with service window into the kitchen), a shed, and a workroom are also under the dome:
This home’s 6,875-sq.-ft. lot is in the middle of the first block of the neighborhood’s eastern border fronting the Texas Medical Center. Traffic calming devices at the end of the street are intended to keep the road one-way heading east, toward the Hilton Hotel fronting Main St., which helps buffer the transition to much taller towers.
- 1919 Swift Blvd. [HAR]