That Pinkish Sunset Presence in West U Comes from Preston Bolton

The uncommon 62 (and a half!)-ft. width of this West University lot near the city’s park on Sunset Blvd. gives a 1992 contemporary home by the late Preston Bolton room to change up the typical front, flow, and footprint found in the plethora of Georgians built around that time in the neighborhood. Bolton’s custom design for the current owner stacks living space back from the street, on a 20-ft.-setback block, and features a well-established lattice espalier as well as distinct geometric gates and grill work a spider would be happy to call its handiwork, despite slightly shaggy landscaping creeping onto the front walkway:


An off-center entry tucked behind a section of the screen (top), for example, opens into a taller great room at the front of the home (above); the 2-story volume sits behind the chimney.

The great room has a 14-ft. ceiling with plenty of windows capped by similarly sized transoms helping to illuminate the expanse of living and dining areas. The garden visible through one set of windows is on the lot’s east side.

A wet bar and hutch-like kitchen desk off an informal dining area . . .

are part of the transition to the streamlined island kitchen running along the west side of the 3,953-sq.-ft home. (That’s the driveway side of the 6,820-sq.-ft lot.)

The master suite is on the first floor and gets a triple exposure to the side garden through floor-to-ceiling windows (and a door):

There’s also a study with a garden view through its full wall of windows and glass panel doors:

Three secondary bedrooms are upstairs, as is a game room. All of them get wooden floors and a set of double-wide windows with jazzy trim to lead the eye higher — or wonder what happened to the transoms up here:

Detailing continues outside, where a brick patio, walkways, and groundcover tame the remaining grounds on the east side. For more vigorous yard activities, Weir Park and its tennis courts are half a block away.

This dusty pink house of brick (and a hint of stucco) appeared on the market last week and has an asking price of $1.25 million. Updates mentioned include tweaks to the HVAC system and new windows. There’s an open house scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

4 Comment

  • Dat Carpet… Why?! For the price they would have to haul that nastiness off.

  • Looking back at the (now legendary) interior of Bolton’s own Pine Hollow residence, one can now only imagine, in this West U instance, how much much more pretty and balanced the (wall/floor) colors were before obvious updates, renovations and paint jobs.

  • Nice house, but what poor taste in decor! Take everything out and stage it with some contemporary furniture and it will sell fast….

  • Interesting that PM Bolton was still doing fantastic built-ins and the transom detailing 40+ years into his career. Great house.