Stern & Bucek Architects designed this 2008 contemporary home for a mid-block double lot in Southampton. The site lent itself to a large, open-plan interior with many a view of the fire and water features found in the 3 courtyards behind the shade-dappled brick wall (above) marking the front yard’s setback . . .
Steel-framed floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows in the combo living-dining-kitchen area face a low-rise fire pit anchoring the patio on the east lawn (above). To the west, there laps a sizable pool with spa:
The home’s primary flotation device, however, seems to be the interior’s sculptural, clear-sided staircase. It rises dramatically and occupies center stage while glass balustrades permit a thru-view:
The feature gets a lot of photo attention in the listing, which dates back to September 2013. The asking price has remained at $3.75 million for the 7,694-sq.-ft. home; its low-key landscaped lot is just over a quarter of an acre.
A bank of storage containing an aquarium (3 photos up and in the background of the scene below) separates the front entry from the living room end of the main room:
Grab a cloth as there appears to be plenty to polish: the kitchen’s glossy finishes, the staircase sides, and the Brazilian Ipe flooring installed throughout.
The kitchen has an adjacent exterior mini-me summer-use version:
A bar area and butler’s pantry (above) is on the way to the pool-view family room:
One of the secondary bedrooms, called the guest suite, is downstairs, and it gets an eyeful of the side lawn through a wall of glass. Other features include a walk-in closet, a bunch of built-ins, and a private bathroom.
Part of the upstairs landing widens into a pad for R&R:
Here’s the master suite, which has maple paneling:
It has 2 bathrooms. One gets a teak treatment . . .
while the other goes for granite:
There’s a well-shelved office nearby:
And just down a side hallway there’s access to a small second-floor balcony.
The home was designed for a multi-generational family. Here are a few of the other secondary bedrooms upstairs:
The house has 6 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths, one of which features these punchy tiles:
Solar screens cap the second floor’s western front:
The cross wing, meanwhile, is cast in clear-sealed cypress plank and zinc panels.
The home was featured on the October 2010 AIA Houston House Tour. Access to the 3-car garage is off a service alley shared by homes on the block, which is located a block south of Bissonnet St. between S. Shepherd Dr. and Hazard St.