The last time this 1952 River Oaks home attributed to Staub and Rather was on the market was about a decade ago. At the time, it sold for $2.875 million to business titan and philanthropist Jack S. Blanton, who died in December of last year. The 1952 corner property features an expansion by a previous owner back in 1998 — around the time it sold for $1.08 million. In its listing earlier this month, the home’s asking price was $4.85 million. What sorts of add-ons have accompanied the rising prices?
Viewed from the circular driveway across the front lot (see top photo), the home’s sort-of symmetrical north elevation doesn’t let on that the high-rising front doors aren’t the only source of natural light filling the foyer (above). There’s a side window facing landscaping on the west side. At the back of what appears to be an original portion of the now 6,542-sq.-ft. home (HCAD calls it 5,913 sq. ft.), the formal living room includes a shelving-lined corner:
Both sides of the combo library-living room share a backyard view through five full-height glass panels:
Even with the soft colors of the current decor, the dining room’s corner cabinets and wainscot panels offer a creamy contrast:
The country-style kitchen serves as a pivot point between the formal front rooms and adjacent, more informal spaces:
Ceiling beams in the kitchen, for example, continue through the breakfast room:
The wall paneling passes through to the family room, but the beams don’t:
Instead, exposed trusses span the vaulted space. Panes by the dozen fill the wall by the back yard. This wing of the house hugs cross street Willowick Dr. A door near the fireplace leads to the 2-car garage.
On the other side of the downstairs floor plan, there’s a master suite . . .
with 2 master bathrooms. Here’s one of them:
There’s also a guest room downstairs. The home has 2 or 3 other secondary bedrooms.
Amid the home’s 6 bathrooms (most of them camera shy) the half-bath gets a closeup:
Upstairs, in a floor plan described as “flexible,” the main room is full of knotty paneling. Its main window looks south over the yard.
The lot occupies more than a half an acre.
- 3839 Inverness Dr. [HAR]