Sitting Around a Stoned Ranch in Braeburn Country Club Estates

With its porch rockers, patios, and a heap of places to sit and kick back inside as well, this done-over 1948 home in Braeburn Country Club Estates seems to be hitting its 65th year with chillin’ in mind.  Imported stone decking and stained columns beneath the roof’s shady overhang attempt to lend an aura of Hill Country retreatism to the still-a-post-war-Ranch-style home. The property popped up in the listings last week with an initial asking price of $1,195,000. That includes a guest cottage with seat-studded patio out back.


Several rooms feature unadorned floor-to-ceiling windows or French doors accessing the 18,000-sq-ft. lot’s back yard. Here’s a room the listing calls the den, with a stretch of exposed hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with a bit-of-brick hearth:

A space currently used as the dining room bays into the back yard (above) and also abuts the kitchen’s breakfast bar (below), forming a shared space with a lot of perching possibilities:

There are yet more places to alight here in the breakfast room off the den:

Among the home’s 4-ish or 5-ish bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms is the first-floor master suite, which includes a room-extending sitting area with French doors leading to the back yard:

The master bathroom, updated last year, has a deep tub worthy of some studious soaking:

Several secondary beds-and-baths are upstairs, where small dormers tacked on to both front and back add windowed ante-chambers:

This secondary bathroom with a sliver of slope in its roofline-hugging ceiling also had a 2012 overhaul:

One of the bedrooms has a separate entrance — as well as its own bathroom:

HCAD records note the home had a 1990 remodeling. Its 4,288 sq. ft. puts the house in the middle of the pack, size-wise, for its west-of-Chimney Rock block of a big-lotted niche neighborhood within Bellaire. Its large back yard on the north side leaves room for sections of deck and patio across the width of the home:

Elsewhere on the lot, there’s a guest cottage with its own patio all set up for a chat:

This home was last on the market 3 years ago, when it sold for $960,000.

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