Yet another re-listing of a 1949 home built by architect Hamilton Brown for his own family on the sloped loop of Tiel Way in River Oaks has freshened up the property’s market presence once more. But the price point is the same — it’s been hovering for a year at $2.825 million, having debuted at $3.75 million in 2010. Asking prices in the interim bounced down in listings by various agencies, hitting $3.25 million, then $2.95 million in 2011, and $2.875 million in the early part of last year, after a 3-month dalliance with $3.2 million in the fall of 2012. Like the wedge lot it occupies, the well-screened home is broader toward the few-frills front. Structural elements remain a focus inside (above) and out.
Despite the pedigree of an extensive renovation by architect Howard Barnstone (he did work on the property for LeRoy and Lucile Melcher, its later owners), there’s not a massive amount of Modern left to the house — at least if the interior decor has anything to say about it. The property was further altered in 2001 or 2002. Is that when all the beams attached themselves to the ceilings?
The golden gams of the entryway’s exterior art installation (above) add some kick to the view from the adjacent dining room, which, given the hand-painted ceiling flourishes, is mighty ornamental itself:
Elsewhere on the first level, darkened beams roll in rhythm overhead in many of the rooms:
Solid slabs of limestone form the kitchen’s countertops. The island’s gets a glassy overlay.
Too stark? The listing photos warm up the kitchen with alternative staging:
Guns and rosés (also whites and reds) are found in this climate-controlled wine room:
The home has 4 full bathrooms as well as this better-be-tidy powder room, where walls of Italian silk are a daring choice for the splash zone:
Antique longleaf pine flooring, mahogany millwork, and lost-wax iron and brass castings are among the 5,101-sq.-ft. home’s finishes:
The library-like landing (above) has balcony access:
The media room piles on the paneling and features another of the home’s 4 fireplaces:
Upstairs, the 3-bedroom home’s master suite comes with a cross barrel ceiling vault and 2 bathrooms. Here’s one of them:
There’s also this balcony:
One of the bedrooms is downstairs. While the beaming ceiling of this current guest suite suggests it’s this one . . .
might the balcony say otherwise?
The back of the home consists of steel-framed window walls and balconies facing the rounded pool, grid-like patio, and remaining sloping grounds:
A concrete staircase leading into the 16,906-sq.-ft. lot’s more rugged territory also heads toward the dog run. This north-facing property is across the curving street from lots that abut a stretch of Buffalo Bayou near the bridge across Shepherd Dr.
- 13 Tiel Way [HAR]