Whatever the renovation vision might have been appears to have been suspended for the Farnham Park property previously owned by fashion designer Tina Knowles, also known as Solange and BeyoncÃ©’s mom. Among the work interrupted: peeled back ceilings and notches in the colonnade encircling the vast main room, left empty but for a lingering set of plans near an abandoned work table.
Pastor and developer Kirbyjon Caldwell and his wife Suzette Caldwell bought the property from the Knowleses in 2012 for $2.9 million, when the ask was $3.4 million. In its listing earlier this month, the house appears to be half gutted and in a state of disarray.Â Its price tag starts a bit lower too, at $2.85 million.
Compared to the way the room looked when it was last for sale (at right), much has been scraped away. Step-up sections and window swags survived the melee (above). But ceilings have been skinned and the columnsÂ and pilasters lining both sides of the combo living-dining room have been notched, as if by really short lumberjacks:
Between listings, the square footage has grown a bit — to 9,028 sq. ft. (It was 8,885 sq. ft. in the previous listing.) HCAD, meanwhile, weighs it at 9,533 sq. ft. The floor plan once carried 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and two half-baths, a connected kitchen-den (at right), and balconies on both levels. Such distinctions are a bit tricky to detect in the stripped-down spaces of the new listing:
Renovations do not appear to have reached the storybook poolscape with island and bridges, the adjacent pool house, or the grounds that roll toward a bend in Buffalo Bayou located west of S. Voss Rd. and south of San Felipe Rd.: They’re all intact on the 2.6-acre property.
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