Eastside mod chaser (and Swamplot advertiser) Robert Searcy reports on a peculiar property he toured last week on Allendale Rd., not too far from Meadowcreek Village Park:
“. . . it is an odd mix style & architecture wise. The exterior looks like some suburban office building while the interior has a semi-commercial utilitarian feel with a heavy dose of Boogie Nights decor. The rooms are all ridiculously large with huge vaulted ceilings and lots of glass. Giant room dividers, not unlike what you see to partition off hotel ball room spaces, divide the giant open kitchen from . . . large U shaped front living areas. Could be a living room and a den, or a conference room and a reception area. Walking through the cavernous space, which appears much larger than HCAD records, you find yourself describing the rooms with sentences that all start with “well it could be either….”
Seems to fit right in with another hint in the listing: If you like that cute little white home you see next door [see bottom photo], it’s . . . available too!
There are two more rooms in the front that could be either bedrooms or offices, and two more plus the master behind the kitchen.
There is a pool that could be either indoors, or remove the walls and it is regular outdoor. (Damn it I can’t even escape using “either” even with the pool!)
The Master has a fireplace and a giant bath with a whirlpool tub that would fit half a dozen people, if you were so inclined. I did say Boogie Nights interior didn’t I?
There are two staircases and quarters. It is the oddest thing I have seen in a long time.
HCAD reports the property has 5,379 sq. ft. of mixed residential-commercial space, but the listing counts 8,083 sq. ft. The lot measures a little less than an acre.
Oh, but . . . wouldn’t you know it: This place has been around the market for a very very long time. Say, 2007? And who knows what kind of offers it flirted with, back when it was listed for . . . $1 million?
Now, though: we’re down to $399,000.
- 5225 Allendale Rd. [HAR]