Smile and step carefully. No fewer than 16 security cameras are installed in this battened-down Braeburn Acres property, a 2007 custom design by Cameron Architects. It’s a big, big stucco-over-concrete-block house — more than 10,000 sq. ft. — with 50 stone columns supporting a double-decker carousel of arches and tile-topped rotundas. The cleared 1.2-acre lot includes a pool-in-progress and very little landscaping (other than lawn). Maybe that explains why a cartoony rendering (at top) is employed as the listing’s featured photo.
Beyond the circular driveway and its thirsty-looking plantings, there’s a somewhat circumspect front door, shaded by a small balcony (above). Once inside, high-end finishes and yet more curved components layer their way through the open floor plan’s vastly proportioned rooms:
Floor-to-ceiling bay windows appear in several ground-level rooms, including the living room (above), kitchen (below) and family room. They bow into upstairs-downstairs verandas accented by the Cantera columns.
Many kitchen features are double-teamed. There are, for example, 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks, and double ovens. The bi-level island seats 6.
Chicago brick finishes one family room wall (above) and lines the temperature-controlled wine cellar (below):
The floor plan downstairs includes a watch-your-workout room.
Upstairs, an elaborate coffered ceiling with cove lighting hovers over the master bedroom:
Double doors lead to the master bathroom, which shares a double-sided fireplace with
. . . the marble-sited spa tub.
It’s right across from the double shower and smack in the middle of vanities found on opposite ends of the room:
The listing calls this a closet with “room to roam.” It’s one of two in the master suite:
There are 4 secondary bedrooms, but only one gets a listing photo:
Ditto the secondary baths, which include the one pictured below. The home also has 2 half-baths.
Drawers and granite-topped work surfaces are ample in the craft room (above), which has access to the second floor loggia (below):
The nearby library, full of built-ins, only gets a veranda view:
Meanwhile, the ground level’s outdoor living area features tile flooring, a beadboard ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and room to skate.
A spotless mud room with locker-style shelving units (above) leads to an equally scrubbed, extra-large 3-car garage (below):
Among the home’s hidden features are 30 electric solar panels, double-insulated windows, and low-voltage lighting.
The pool with spa feature might not be complete, but the solidly built RV/boat garage is all set. (To adjust your expectations of scale here, you’ll want to note the adjacent door.)
Braeburn Acres is located east of S. Gessner and north of Bissonnet. Bonham Park is 2 blocks north of this treeless re-listing, seeking $2.35 million. The property’s initial listing expired in March 2013 — after sitting on the market for a year, at that same price.
- 8814 Brae Acres Rd. [HAR]