Inside a Roger Rasbach Treehouse Overlooking Piney Point Creek

It’s a bit of a nature walk to this hidden-from-view home’s front entry. But then, isn’t that the point of living in a property arranged like a treehouse? The woodsy spread in Piney Point Village’s Shady Point neighborhood is a 1972 design by an early advocate of “energy aware” homes, Roger Rasbach. (He also designed this home in Bellaire.) It’s built on a gated cul-de-sac located near one of the designer’s other projects, Vargo’s Restaurant (soon to be replaced by apartments) on Fondren. Listed last week — on the same day demo work began on Vargo’s — the home has an asking price of $1,995,000. That includes several levels of outdoor decks and a nifty open-air workout space in a treehouse of its own (above).


Out front, the covered walkway with redwood flooring hugs the garage wall (above) and ends at a solid glass entry incorporated into one end of the living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows (below):

Some of the rooms appear to be down a level, beyond the banister (made of glass, so as not to impede the view) in this entry view:

The floor-hugging fireplace in the family room, meanwhile, features an onyx surround:

The eat-in kitchen has a cork floor and a view of the area around Piney Point Creek from over the sink.

HCAD indicates a 1997 remodeling. In 2001, updates added a second master bedroom suite, this one on the main level:

The other master bedroom suite is upstairs:

The home’s 3 secondary bedrooms aren’t pictured in the listing. Instead, the photo spread shows off the multi-level decks, patios, and grounds:

The almost-an-acre lot includes landscaped as well as rustic areas, plus a stretch of Piney Point Creek itself (below):

The view from above (shown below) shows the rugged terrain — but not the crushed gravel trails traversing the property.

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