Note: The original version of this story misreported the home’s asking price. It is being offered at $749,900.
Blue. Red. Green. Orange. Were it not for the Dublinesque color rotation on the doors of a 4-pack of eco-friendly contemporary homes in Spring Branch’s Melody Oaks neighborhood, might owners accidentally enter the wrong one? Unit 1 — the bluesy one (top) that shores up one end of the lookalikes — is back on the market. Its listing by the owner-agent over the weekend has a
$789,900 $749,900 price tag attached. That’s up, uh, somewhat from its purchase price in April 2013: $484,950.
The team at The ODD Group, (aka Open Design & Development, and including Royce/Eagleton Architects), is behind these “urban cottages” (above) proliferating in a newly minted “pocket community” tagged Janak Place. It’s located north of Westview Dr. between Wirt Rd. and Antoine Dr.
Do the cottages’ retro style and nowadays efficiencies make them a modern take on the suburban ranches of Spring Branch — as the project’s website describes? Unit 1’s front columns frame the porch on the north face and support part of the 2,456-sq.-ft. home’s second level (above). Inside, the entry door’s dash of Dutch blue also splashes onto an accent wall dominating the open floor plan:
Slider sets open to a screen porch that currently divides its uses, duplicating the interior’s living and dining arrangement:
Heavy curtains are ready to defend against sun attention from the west — or neighbor interest in what’s on the telly:
The home’s master suite is downstairs:
So is one of the 3 secondary bedrooms . . .
which shares its bathroom for general household use:
Much of the living space downstairs sits beneath a vaulted ceiling; so do the rooms off the gallery hallway upstairs:
Located above the kitchen, a loft at the back of the home delivers an extra space, with built-ins and backyard view:
Of the 2 bedrooms nearby . . .
this one gets . . .
a perch facing the street:
The reconfigured property’s lot now measures 6,013 sq. ft., with the back portion tucking in a patio and pool:
The waterfall end is adjacent to a completed sister property:
Replatting the street’s large, older lots appears to be a continuing trend; recent redevelopment now outnumbers original homes. A pair of Janak Place III cottages finish the block’s corner at Jacquelyn St.; the 11,918-sq.-ft. lot between them and this blue-door home was subdivided into 3 residential lots last year.
Signs and the company’s website currently indicate Janak Place IV is in the works for the even-numbered side of the street.