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Location: Houston, Texas
A wonderfully maintained, oft-photographed midcentury modern home has come on the market in the historic Glenbrook Valley district in Houston, Texas. Designed by Doughtie and Porterfield and completed in 1955, the three-bedroom-three bath boasts a wealth of original elements as well as period-appropriate updates throughout.
The mod house begins with the original front door and sconce leading to a foyer that immediately opens onto a sunken living room with a brick accent wall, sloping ceiling, and a band of redwood running horizontally along the wall. A slatted room divider separates this space from the formal dining room two steps up, where a mirrored wall and floor-to-ceiling windows keep it bright.
Moving back toward the entrance again is the second, larger living area, directly across from the first. Here, a brick fireplace anchors the space, where the ceilings are vaulted and beamed, and a wall of sliding glass doors opens onto the brick patio. This space flows into the renovated avocado green kitchen with suspended cabinets and original Thermador ovens.
As for the private quarters, the cool master bedroom features clerestory windows and a beam running through it and out, a wrap-around brick accent wall, sliders opening onto a terrace, and an ensuite bathroom with original pink tiling, yellow boomerang formica vanity, and period hardware. The other two bedrooms come with original wood closet doors, while another of the bathrooms is characterized by pink and black tiling.
Still, there’s more. A party room dubbed the Kit Kat was built in 1960 and becomes the home’s de facto hangout. It goes without saying that there’s a wet bar and a vintage sound system. Walls are paneled or otherwise papered in textured fabric, and this part of the house—and only this part of the house—comes furnished with the original furniture. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a built-in projector and a concealed movie screen? And a tiny room behind the bar, plus a half-bath down here?
If all that wasn’t enough, the 3,419-square-foot dwelling includes lovely outdoor spaces like the aforementioned brick patio and a bedecked garden terrace. Located at 7911 Santa Elena Street, the property, which has only had three owners since 1955, is offered at $425,000.