Before this property in the secluded Tall Timbers section of River Oaks was a colorful contemporary by Carlos Jiménez, it was a much smaller home by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford. Its acre of pie-shaped lot off a winding lane has wide-side frontage along Buffalo Bayou. The property atop rugged terrain listed a week ago with an initial asking price of $4,995,000.
The original structure was built in 1959; HCAD dates the reconstruction to 1988. Upon entering a set of glass panel doors off the motor court at the front of the home, there’s a 2-story foyer, which has an 18-ft. ceiling with transom window. The hallway of floor-to-ceiling windows winnows between the patio and the slightly curved glass-brick wall of the study (not pictured in the listing):
Here’s the same space from the opposite direction:
Here’s the opened-up living area, extending 40 ft. toward bayou-view windows. Discreet built-in storage lies flush with one of the side walls.
Stairs in the north-facing 2-story window bay lead to an exterior walkway along the precipice, all providing a nice view for rear-wall-mounted Philip Glass.
In the dining room, a barrel-vaulted ceiling incorporates a window not graded for the curve. Other features include a wood-burning fireplace and peek-a-boo server’s window in the swinging door to the kitchen:
The kitchen’s eat-in area warms up the otherwise staid design with wooden bookshelves built into the wall framing the window, which looks onto a patio:
The vividly painted den (below) has the home’s second wood-burning fireplace. There’s a bathroom nearby and screen porch access as well. The wall of windows looks into the same space as the kitchen:
The 4,310-sq.-ft. home has 3 bedrooms (4 if you’re willing to give up the den); the master suite — and its polished marble floors — are on the main level:
There’s a private walkway off the room as well:
A secondary bedroom with built-ins gets a cathedral ceiling:
Outdoor spaces include this zen garden off the front entry . . .
this patio outside the study and kitchen windows
. . . and a tiled patio with dining pavilion:
Looking back toward the dining room, the over-the-top window is more pronounced:
At the back of the house, but still above the bayou, there’s also a ravine-side walkway:
- 9 Pinehill Ln. [HAR]