At just shy of an acre, a Westmoreland Farms property in Bellaire packs in an updated 1955 home, garden, pool, tennis court, and one mighty rocky fireplace in the vaulted great room. Other megalots on the block, which runs from the West Loop’s feeder road toward S.Rice Ave. (at Bellaire High School), have mansionized with more recent construction. Is this home, listed at $2.25 million earlier this month, similarly fated?
Here’s another look at the main room’s big top (above). Built-ins found in the library off the far corner of the room appear to be stained to match the wooden panels finishing the keel-like ceiling. Though the listing doesn’t include a more dedicated glimpse of the front entry, there is a peek at what appears to be a side door leading to the garage toward the back of the home:
HCAD indicates a 1992 renovation. The dining room, which juts into the front yard, rises into another vaulted ceiling with high contrast finishes. Another sturdy fireplace, this one with a slightly raised hearth and firebox, blocks the room’s street view. Instead, full-height windows provide side views of the grounds and an under-the-eaves walkway toward the home’s front entry (not pictured).
The 6,022-sq.-ft. home’s main staircase appears to land between dining rooms, one formal (above) and the other informal. The latter adds some bar-height seating near the adjacent kitchen:
Off the family room, the well-stocked wet bar’s motif is suitably on the rocks:
Three of the 4 bedrooms are on the first floor, and there are 5 camera-shy full bathrooms plus 2 half-baths. The master suite gets a fireplace as well, this one with tiled hearth:
The listing mentions a “packing island” in the master closet:
The secondary bedrooms display an assortment of room shapes and built-ins:
In the crow’s nest of a dormer upstairs, the ceiling-timber combo reverses the high-contrast finishes found downstairs. In addition to the game room . . .
the roomage upstairs has a bed and bath:
Elsewhere in the floor plan, however, a 2nd staircase . . .
serves an aerie with designated office-craft-media pods:
Meanwhile, outside, the greenhouse serves up more ribs:
Dive in . . .
Or slide in. The lagoon, with waterfall, has some serious landscaping
. . . which joins up with a lily-filled koi pond. Beyond the farthest end of the yard, a less-scenic concrete drainage ditch also borders the strip center north of Meyerland Plaza.
Yard amenities pop up at every bend of pathway:
A deep lot also means a deep setback for the home. Its 3-car garage lies behind a 2-bay carport, both accessed from the stamped concrete driveway, which also has a section curving across the front of the home.
- 4819 Maple St. [HAR]