A tilted 2-story skylight provides a star-command view within a 1970 townhome just behind West Ave. The area was dubbed the Upper Kirby District decades after this home and 4 related properties appeared on their stretch of block north of W. Alabama in the antique-shop-and-eatery hinterlands east of Lamar High School. The group of townhomes have varying facades of stucco, glass brick, timber and awnings, each over a 2-car garage. This home, slightly taller than its brethren, counters its contemporary origins with Old World-y flourishes. It was listed the first week of June, for $469,000.
Behind the Lone Star on the front door’s street-side grille, an ornate wooden door formalizes the tile-and-plaster foyer (above).
The main room on the main level shares functions and a nifty mirrored bar element (at right in the photo above).
The bar gives the land-locked kitchen a service window, natural light, and a straight-on view of and out the beam-me-up skylight.
All 3 bedrooms are upstairs; the 2,800-sq.-ft. home has 3 full bathrooms plus a powder room. Judging from the empty-frame bed frame, it sure looks like this room is meant to be the master:
A lofted section of the second floor is open to the room below, with the skylight offering a sort of flight-deck look-see:
Access to the “do whatever you want with it” third floor comes from a stairway behind the balcony (at right).
The niche neighborhood of townhomes and older homes converted into commercial space is gaining a midrise apartment block, Gables Kipling. The Sunshine Kids Foundation is right around the corner; there’s also a line-up of restaurants wrapping around from the Brownstone Gallery on Westheimer.
- 2804 Kipling St. [HAR]