Once billed as “Somerset Estate,” a 1960 home designed by well-known Houston architect John Staub occupies a waterfront lot in the Bay Breeze neighborhood, located an amble down the road from the Kemah boardwalk. The Bermuda-style stucco home with aluminum roof sold for $1.9 million back in February, though that previous listing had a $2.8 million asking price. When the property popped back up on the market in June, it featured a slightly trimmed footprint along with much-tidied undergrowth along its curving driveway. The repackaged property’s $1.8 million price tag still includes the furnishings:
The 3,619-sq.-ft. structure appears to have been remodeled a few times, most recently in 2009. In the living room, which leads a double life as the entry (above), the folk art fireplace surround has a whimsical shell-and-sea-creature motif. A closer view of it (which also shows off the nautical-map wallpaper) appeared in the previous listing.
Opposite it, a glass-enclosed bayfront room maximizes the water view from most of the rooms:
The open kitchen also gets its share of open water . . .
plus a picture window (between the “Friends” and “Family” directives) overlooking some of the grounds:
In lieu of deck chairs, the promenade opts for a Goldilocks-worthy collection of seating:
The dining room anchors one end of the shared space:
Wall paneling picks up in the home’s 3 bedrooms and one of the 2 full bathrooms. Like the living room, the master bedroom has a coffered ceiling for a little extra overhead:
An open-air porch (and a swinging platform bed) can be accessed from sliding doors in the master bedroom . . .
and one of the 2 secondary bedrooms (also paneled):
The other bedroom, with built-in bunks, is playfully shipshape:
The home’s water-by-the-water feature gets a lot of visuals in the listing:
The straight-on porch to pool view, for example, comes with landscaping . . .
But don’t let the views of the infinity-edge pool deceive you: There’s plenty of roaming room and lawn before you hit the 160 ft. of waterfront.
Adjacent to the 3-bay carport, an exterior staircase goes up and over to the pool area, passing a tower room housing a bed-and-bath aerie:
The leafy jaunt between the street and the house has been thinned out a bit and a fence added where the lot was apparently narrowed from the 2 acres offered in the previous listing. Rental information for the former Somerset Estate also mentions a guest house, but it appears to have been removed — and gets no mention in the current listing.
Aerial photos in the current listing provide some context: