This graceful estate is a bit coy about revealing its Riverside Terrace address. The street name and number are hidden on HAR, though other sites using the same MLS info show it. You’d be able to figure it out anyway: Aerial maps and old architectural guides show the circular driveway, massive lot, and balanced opposing wings of a homestead across from Parkwood Park, located just south of S. MacGregor (and Brays Bayou) and east of Del Rio. That would make it the Kurth House, a 1938 southern colonial whose design is attributed to Henry A. Stubee. It was the first home built in the Parkwood section of the vintage neighborhood. Grand (and grand-scale), the tended property is reported to have changed ownership only 4 times in its 75 years. If you could afford the $2.65 million asking price, would you sign on to be number 5?
Vistas unfold outside (above) and inside, where a wide entry hallway (flanked by living room and paneled library) widens further for an inner, central hall with sweeping staircase. There are pediments aplenty, cresting doorways . . .
and, in broken form, the mantel in the living room. A slight barrel to the ceiling rolls in at 11 ft. 6 in. up:
Across the hall, the paneled library gets another of the 4 gas log fireplaces — and a park view:
Hungry? Pick a menu venue. There’s a formal dining room, served with a view of back yard and patio . . .
a formal breakfast room that’s warmed by another of the fireplaces . . .
and a cozy paneled nook attached to one end of the kitchen:
Ankles beware in the butler’s pantry — there’s a belly-up-to-the-bar rail. Mobs of knobs open a variety of storage options in this space that plays many roles between the dining room, kitchen, second staircase, and central hall:
The floor plan downstairs includes a sunny enclosed porch with access to the back yard, on the south side of the 111,980-sq.-ft. property. Do the math; it’s slightly over 2 and a half acres.
A first-floor bedroom (not the master) doubles as another sitting room near . . .
the powder room (though it’s a full- not a half-bath):
Beam down to the basement — yes, there’s a basement — for a cypress-paneled room that appears to be wine-friendly:
In contrast to the heavy cellar, lacy balustrades dance up the main staircase.
Another of the fireplaces warms up the master suite:
The listing photo merely hints at the bath and adjacent dressing room.
A “sitting room” has been used as office:
Among the 5, 6, or 7 bedrooms (lower numbers work if you’ve lost count, or repurposed 1 or 2) is this one, with a private bath:
And this one, also with a private bath (not shown):
The plank-lined game room on the third level runs most of the width of the home . . .
Both ends of the chillax pad have been given room status.
Meanwhile, a guest haus with breeze-catching porch adds another (paneled) living-dining room, (paneled) kitchen, (paneled and painted) bedroom, and bathroom to the estate’s room count:
- 3418 S. Parkwood Blvd. [HAR]