One of the storied properties in the Tall Timbers niche of River Oaks quietly arrived on the market this week. Restrained and almost dainty in its design by the then in-demand architect Hiram Salisbury, the 1941 main building features columns and balconies accenting a brick exterior. The east-wing addition in 1950, meanwhile, was by another go-to architect: John Staub. The resulting work by 2 premier architects blended in one estate sits on a large lot measuring more than an acre and a half. All that land can be subdivided, “for 2 building sites, already approved” by the River Oaks Property Owners association, the listing says. The asking price is $8.1 million.
Since 2001, the property’s pedigree (above) has been registered with the Texas Historical Commission. HCAD ownership lineage indicates the 6,774 sq.-ft. home has been in the same family since at least the mid-eighties. Its azalea-laden grounds have been featured on the River Oaks Garden Club’s annual Azalea Trail 8 times. Other bloomage flows throughout the roomage:
In the library, the ceiling’s paneling pattern adds some extra optics:
It’s one of several rooms that feature sliding doors and full-height windows looking across a shared, covered patio at some of the grounds:
The breakfast room also gets a slice of access. Does the swinging door lead to the kitchen? The listing photos bypass that space.
It’s a 5-bedroom home with 4 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths. This bedroom, with what appears to be an adjacent sitting room or office, might be considered the master . . .
or maybe it’s this one, with a coffered ceiling:
That’s it for interior peeks. The grounds, however, get a lot of pixels — showing clipped gardens and bloom-filled vistas:
The pool house opts for a zen finish:
The lot is 67,458 sq. ft. and faces north. There’s a $2,795 annual maintenance fee.
Other properties with Hiram Salisbury’s stamp in the River Oaks area include St. John’s School and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
- 3925 Del Monte Dr. [HAR]