MidCentury Masterpiece

Landmark River Oaks Miesian masterpiece graces market at $11.8 million

Landmark River Oaks Miesian masterpiece graces market at $11.8 million

Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
2910 Lazy Ln. is a Miesian masterpiece.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The emerald front facade.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Signature Miesian style marks the exterior.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The lush living room.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Natural light floods the family room.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Another look at the spacious living room.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The library.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
An expansive formal dining room.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The chic-casual breakfast area.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The kitchen.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The comfy master bedroom.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The entry hall.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Light continues in the master bath.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
A historic designation marks the property.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
The verdant yard.  Photo by TK Images
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks
Houston 2910 Lazy Lane River Oaks

It's not often home buyers have the chance to own a piece of Bayou City history — but that's exactly what they've got with 2910 Lazy Ln. The midcentury modern house, anchoring 2.3 lush acres, is listed privately by John Daugherty Realtors for just under $11.8 million. Gracefully sprawling across 7,055 square feet, the four-bedroom, five-bath home is a triumph of form and function.

Built by noted architect Hugo V. Neuhaus in 1950 as his personal home, 2910 Lazy Ln. has a City of Houston Landmark designation. (Neuhaus graduated from Harvard School of Design and went on to work with architect Philip Johnson as an associate architect for the Menil House at 3363 San Felipe.)

Completed toward the early part of Neuhaus' career, the home design is heavily influenced by the style of the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, known for his modern spin on building, incorporating industrial steel and plate glass into his architecture. He would inspire a generation of architecture, and this home shows Neuhaus' nod to Miesian style.

While clearly an adherent to minimal design aesthetic, 2910 Lazy Ln. is also open and warm. Light floods the space from the giant windows, many of them forming full walls throughout the home. Single-story, set around a courtyard, the house offers ample space for entertaining.

The front entrance sits at the curve of a circular drive and unfolds into a foyer that acts as an anchor for the home. Terrazzo flooring and recessed lighting immediately bring a modern feel to the space. The foyer opens to the formal living and dining rooms, as well as providing access to the front hall.

The living room features a gas-log fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Meanwhile, the dining room overlooks the pool and the garden courtyard. Double glass doors lead to a climate-controlled wine vault with an estimated 1,300-bottle capacity.

A butler's pantry spills into the gourmet kitchen, which features Woodson cabinetry and custom hardware, as well as two built-in Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Asko stainless-steel dishwashers, quartz counters, and brick accent walls.

The secluded master suite is set apart from the main living space, making it an oasis unto itself, with the simple closure of two pocket doors. With its own entrance to the lush backyard and pool space, it offers both an air of relaxation and total privacy.

From the wide-plant walnut floor to the the Noguchi saucer-shaped paper-lantern light, everything about the space showcases Neuhaus' modern style.

There's an exercise room and a three-car garage with hobby space. Thoughtfully renovated over the last half century, 2910 Lazy Ln. still retains its midcentury charm, now augmented with 21st century conveniences. The heart of the home is still the central courtyard, open to the heated pool and with an outdoor living room with its own fireplace.

Located on one of Houston's most iconic streets, 2910 Lazy Ln. is the epitome of Houston history, while demonstrating how the city's past can fold seamlessly into its vibrant future.