There’s a stuccoed Dutch-Colonial-Swiss Colony on the not-so-mountainous streets behind Weslayan Plaza’s west side in the College Court section (aka the “chimney”) of West University Place. The lookalike cottage and quarters are steps away from the new Buffalo Grille and a U.S. Post Office. West U’s Judson Park to the south and a proposed rail station for Metro’s supposed University Line are also blocks away. Railroad tracks, meanwhile, are just up the street.
During construction of the 1983 main house, a former 1940s “barn” on the site became a 2-story guest house in lieu of a garage. HCAD cites some remodeling in 1991 to the home. Last Friday, the property re-listed at $462,500 after a previous listing by the same agent initially sought $575,000 in April 2012, with adjustments to $565,000, $550,000, and then a summer of $524,990. The home’s side entry and hipped roof make for an atypical floor plan:
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The living area off the entry has a bay window (above) facing the exposed aggregate driveway, a wall of to-the-ceiling built-in shelving around 2 windows, and Italian tile floors. French doors lead to a back deck. Ceiling joists are exposed, but painted:
A second bay toward the front of the 1,873-sq.-ft. home contains the dining area, part of the street-facing kitchen:
Ceramic tiles on the risers and a skylight accent the staircase to 3 bedrooms upstairs.
Exposed beams become more pronounced on the second floor
. . . and look a bit like floor-to-ceiling ribs in the master bedroom. Its picture window faces the driveway and helps light the bathroom, which is through an arch with a strategically placed set of half-height swinging door panels:
The front elevation includes a small balcony. Both secondary bedrooms have access to it.
The upstairs bathroom has a slanted, tiled wall over the tub and its hand-held shower equipment.
The 5,000-sq.-ft lot has room for a little yard beyond the deck of nearly 600 sq. ft.:
Now, about the better-than-a-barn quarters at the back of the lot. Its first floor has a living area with kitchen and half-bath:
The second floor has an unusual crescent-shaped cutout in the wall separating the bedroom from the full bath. There’s also a small, railing-free staircase that appears to lead to storage above:
Outside the automated gate, the driveway is wider than it is inside it, where the shaded-by-the-house space can be a side patio:
- 4230 Dartmouth St. [HAR]