Now approaching the Big 1-0, an artsy 2004 contemporary by architect Allen Bianchi has been on the market for a month (this time), bearing a $2,799,000 asking price. A previous listing in the summer of 2013 briefly sought $100K more for the property. The 5,595-sq.-ft. home is planted at the crossroads of Cherokee St. and Sunset Blvd., just north of Rice University. Houston’s headlining art museums are three-quarters of a mile to the east. The house of stucco, glass, and steel is itself a bit of a gallery.
The house may resemble a sleeping F from its front approach (see second photo from top), but its plan forms an L. High ceilings and open space fill out the interior, which maximizes southern exposure. A series of living and dining clusters share a wall of commercial-grade full-height glass panel doors to the poolscape, beyond which there’s a highrise fence capped by a green screen — courtesy of the neighborhood’s signature live oak canopy.
Thick slabs of marble form the counters in the high-concept kitchen, a mood tempered a bit by the jutting farm sink and more of the 6-in.-wide wooden flooring that runs throughout the first floor.
Another bank of full-height glass connects the kitchen to a patio area covered by a section of the second floor:
Upstairs, the hallway between bedrooms hugs the inner wall. More large windows look toward the sunny south — and west over the floor plan’s jog toward the pool:
The home has 4 or 5 bedrooms; this one downstairs is not the master . . .
But this one is:
Pool and patio occupy much of the 11,520-sq.-ft. lot’s south side:
- 5331 Cherokee St. [HAR]