Somewhere behind this leafy garden wall, which rises 14 ft. high along Mason and Pacific streets, a 1910 home in Montrose’s Avondale area has been holding on to another era — and another city, maybe. From the garden gate at curbside (top), glimpses inward, toward the brick-paved courtyards and patios (middle), appear to be a bit more challenging than the views outward from the pier-and-beam property. Its neighborhood watch vantage point is located south of Fairview Ave. on a corner east of Taft. St., borders 21st century townhomes, and features a mid-century commercial space across the street that’s brewery bound. Listed a week ago, the self-secluded spread has a $875K asking price.
A front porch entry facing east lands mid-living room, where full-height windows and French doors stand ready to capture whatever natural light creeps over the garden walls:
Original pocket doors enable adjacent rooms to opt out of the flow. The study can do so on 2 sides:
And it has direct access to a covered terrace that peeks south, across Pacific St.:
The listing says the space, which has built-in shelving and extra closets, was originally a bedroom.
Much of the home’s millwork sticks to a dark stain. The dining room, however, goes with antiqued verdigris from floor to ceiling . . .
including the fireplace, 1 of 2 originals serving the 2,074-sq.-ft. home:
Finishes appear more recent in the kitchen, which opens to the carport end of the 5,000-sq.-ft. lot:
As currently used, the home has 2 bedrooms. This has been the master:
With this as its bathroom:
The other bedroom has been used as an office:
Double doors access a large closet in the home’s second bathroom, where a shower stall lies behind the layered drapery panels next to the water closet:
The lot’s fencing provides spots screened by well-established greenery
. . . though some stretches have spotty coverage:
- 2520 Mason St. [HAR]
I used to have friends that lived in the long gone apartment building next door. This house always had classical music playing outdoors 24/7. It was so ‘ Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’.
Check out the old Rolls Royce in the carport: https://email@example.com,-95.385223,3a,75y,24.37h,75.63t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sx_bP-tBXYLBpE5bw0LSyrw!2e0
They have more shit on the walls in this place than a Fuddruckers.
Seriously? I thought this went out of style when harpsichords did. It makes Spacey’s 7 apartment seem spacious. Is the 8 wine included ’cause I may need some help cooking all that venison from my safari for my dinner party of 6 (after I figure out getting in/out of the kitchen overloaded with pots and pans). Ottomans anyone (and… well, kind’a everywhere, like some bizarre fetish)? And replete with a boar-ing Rembrandt? But couldn’t they at least color match the 5.1 home theatre speakers with the not-at-all-optimized-for-viewing silver TV in the inaccessible library? Will salute the office; weird. And so what happened outside? The patio is dogged of decor. An afterthought– or perhaps room for concrete improvement!
But, seriously.. Is that mold on the ceiling (3rd snap)?
Well, if that’s the case, then I gotta say, Baby Jane looks like she has had some work done.
I love this more every time I look at it. But I’ve got too many kids for the place unless I close up the study, and too few dollars unless I win the lottery. I like creole design, though. Someone from Louisiana would unapologetically paint at least one room crimson, and they’d think you’re nuts to object.
Yet another dead-animal interior decorating theme.
This one needs to be sold with the furnishings.
Owner is a former manager of a now defunct home furnishings store that specialized in this 90’s look.
A fair number of River Oaks homes sport versions of this look.
I don’t usually associate dead hooved animals on walls with all this frou-frou.
There is so much going on here, it’s difficult to see the “bones” of the house. It looks to be huge in all the photos but according to HCAD, it’s 2 bedroom and 2 bath. I think I like the outside more than the inside.
Still, I’ll bet the neighbors are really happy to finally see what’s behind all those vines.
Don’t cry, Dan.
I can’t help but wonder if this could be how Liberace would have lived, if he were a hunter and had retired to obscurity in Houston …
As it happens, there are TWO “Liberaces” living in this house, ifyouknowhatimean. But it looks like it’s time to add another four stucco townhouses to the neighborhood.