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Boxy midcentury modern asks $1.39M in Houston

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Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views onto a private courtyard

boxy midcentury modern house in Houston Photos courtesy of Jesica Anderson and Linda Swope, Coldwell Banker

At Curbed, we’re big fans of midcentury modern design—we even have a Facebook group celebrating the style—and we’re always on the lookout for top-notch midcentury real estate. The latest home to cross our desk is this three-bedroom, three-bath home in Houston, Texas.

Designed by architect Herb Paseur—a founding member of the firm CRS—as his personal residence in 1968, the two-story brick and timber home boasts a boxy, open-air layout. The design consists of two adjacent rows of three 21-foot squares, and a remodel kept nearly 85 percent of Paseur’s original vision.

On the first floor, a 40-foot long entry leads to a spacious living and dining room area with views of the private courtyard. Floor-to-ceiling windows are used throughout, and a floating staircase takes guests to a second-story family room with a coffee bar and a wood-burning fireplace.

The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and updated bathroom, and the kitchen has also seen an update thanks to new granite counters. But much of the home’s original charm abounds, including built-in bookshelves, a two-car port, and a screened-in porch overlooking the courtyard’s lily pond.

Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, 5306 Institute Lane is on the market now for $1,390,000.

An open-concept living room features wood-paneled walls.
A brick kitchen features updates and clean lines.
The bedrooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a private courtyard.
The second-story office area.
The lily pond in the private courtyard.