Will a mod-minded buyer be willing to commute from Brookshire? What if it means calling this “ultra-swank one-owner mid-century rancho deluxe time capsule” — priced at $275,000 — home? Located up the road a spell from the Energy Corridor, the long-and-lean 1954 custom property comes with “Mad Men” finishes, vintage tiles in the bathrooms, and mod-era fixtures and hardware. Intrigued? Grab yourself a high ball, why don’t you, and take this tour . . .
The home’s design is attributed to the late architect Ernest Allen Wilpitz. (Other examples of his work and that of his firm, Winters & Wilpitz, can be found in schools, churches and homes around Brookshire, Katy, and Houston, his obit says.)
Pink Roman brick worked so well on the exterior that it’s used inside the 3,613-sq.-ft. home as well. On the front wall in the living room, for example, you’ll find it on the fireplace and the artsy niche above it. Both are stylishly off-center. In the photo above, the foyer is in the background. Like the hearth, the flooring there is flagstone. Beyond it . . .
the dining room, with built-ins displaying some of the home’s cool modern hardware. A picture window’s decorative treatment incorporates some cove lighting above it:
In the kitchen, pop on some pearls and don an apron to better match the stage-set-worthy state of its original citrus yellow tile counters, stove, and ceiling-hugger birch cabinetry:
Still holding its own decades later, the original wallpaper features green apples in a field of chocolate. It was one one many features to score a shout-out in a chatty newspaper article about the custom design for a builder’s home back in the day. A door in the breakfast nook (below) leads to the utility room on the way to the 2-car garage:
The family room’s pine paneling still glows decades after its installation:
The “carpet” isn’t. It’s an area rug over cork flooring. Meanwhile, the window looks into and through an adjacent . . .
“Florida Room” before encountering the patio:
When built, all 3 bedrooms took corner positions. Now a secondary bedroom and bath, this was the original master bedroom . . .
and its bathroom, which features a nifty slanted vanity as well as original tile in pristine condition:
Room dimensions in the original secondary bedrooms are all in the mid-teens. This one . . .
is near one of the 3 bathrooms. There’s also a powder room:
In 1981, a new master suite joined the existing floor plan, so this back corner bedroom became a sitting room entrance:
Folding panel doors close off the suite’s sleeping quarters . . .
which feature a vaulted ceiling:
The view, however, is out a wall of 5 vertical panels of window facing a private courtyard surrounded by brick walls:
Here’s the master bathroom and closet:
The patio footprint gets a bit of a curve:
There’s yards of yard — the corner lot is 28,000 sq. ft. It’s situated in the Brookshire Townsite part of town and sits at the crossroads of 6th and Purdy streets, located north of I-10 near FM 359. (That’s an exit or two past Igloo Rd.) There’s no street address out in the country, the listing agent says. Meanwhile, an open house is pending.
- Brookshire Terrace [HAR]