Minding Manors: A Colonial House Rambles Across Katy Meadows

This Manorwood Estates property isn’t horsing around, but it could. The neighborhood’s large lots permit one equine per acre. Previously a red brick Colonial, the recently whitewashed 1980 home sits on 2 acres in a community with ranch-like fencing off Katy-Hockley Rd. north of I-10. Landscaping too regularly tufted to be tumbleweeds borders an extended circular driveway leading to the pediment-capped front door. When listed a week ago, the still-somewhat-rural property had a $467,000 price tag. It’s not the first marketing rodeo for this ranch: A previous listing in 2010 had sought $345,000, but dropped it to $289,000. The painted-up property on a patch of prairie has a corral out back . . .


it fences in a cement pond instead of ponies:

New paint inside and out (and possibly on the welcome mat and slate entry area, above) was among the property’s recent tweaks, which also included new siding, carpet, tile in 3 bathrooms, and French doors for the study (below).

A little more of the preferred accent tile climbs the fireplace wall of the carpeted, tone-on-tone living room:

Updated at some point with new countertops and doors on the cabinets, the kitchen has electric appliances.

A large room off the kitchen’s service window (above, at right) combines an informal dining area (beneath a chandelier in the photo below) and a game or gathering area.

The floorplan downstairs includes the master bedroom . . .

with updated bathroom:

This secondary bedroom, also downstairs, has no closet.

Meanwhile, the former 4-car attached garage has been converted into a bonus room, at least for now.

Head upstairs for the other secondary bedrooms and bathrooms, which (like the kitchen) had their cabinet doors and countertops replaced:

HCAD records for the street indicate that this home, at 4,155 sq. ft., is one of the larger ones; others range from 2,360 sq. ft. to 5,771 sq. ft. In the back-of-house view pictured below, the converted garage is on the right. There’s a stretch of driveway near it that’s big enough for boat storage, the listing says.

This property’s annual maintenance fee is $400.


3 Comment

  • The first thing I thought of when I saw that fireplace hearth was no one should let toddlers into that room, period. That hearth is really sharp-edged and dangerous looking, I would hate to think what could happen to a child if they tripped and hit their head on that. They could have put a flat hearth with more of that tile they have everywhere else, I can’t imagine why anyone would want that dangerous chunk of sharp edged rock in front of their fireplace unless you just plan on never having children in the room.

  • What’s with the one couch in the one room, and no other furniture for miles to be seen?

  • @Bethsheba,

    Some of us DO plan on never having children in our houses.