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A Pool House bargain? Showcase home in tony subdivision already 10 percent off, playland included

A Pool House bargain? Showcase home in tony sub already 10 percent off

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The courtyard oasis at 1812 Bissonnet St. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The home's entrance is tucked behind a gate with slate walkway and water fountain. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The entry way opens to walls of glass surrounding the courtyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The main living space boasts a two-story ceiling. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A view of the large room looking toward the courtyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another living area down the hall to the left opens to create even more space for entertaining Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The kitchen is easily at hand off the living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another view of the kitchen. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The upstairs hallway is light and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master suite enjoys the second fireplace in the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Free-standing vanities and step-up jetted tub are just a couple of highlights in the master bath. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The mirrored closets and spacious dressing area in the master suite. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A second of the three bedrooms in the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A view of the courtyard and pool from the second floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A low-maintenance side yard provides another retreat. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The playhouse is easily in view from the side yard retreat. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The exterior at 1812 Bissonnet St. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Find peace and quiet in the city in a secluded, newly remodeled contemporary home at 1812 Bissonnet St. complete with courtyard, swimming pool, intimate backyard space and even a darling outdoor playhouse for the young ones.

The house is now on sale for $850,000, down almost 10 percent from the original asking price.

Walk through
Located in Ormond Place within the historic Boulevard Oaks subdivision, the two-story residence is tucked behind a professionally landscaped gated entrance with slate walkway and water fountain. Walk in to discover walls of windows overlooking the swimming pool in practically every room in the house.

To the right, the largest living space boasts a two-story ceiling anchored at one end by a gas fireplace with marble hearth. Another living area down the hall to the left opens to create even more space for entertaining. Solid hardwood floors are found throughout and all first-level sliding doors open to the courtyard in this very open floor plan.

High-end upgrades to the kitchen include new Bosch double ovens, honed slated countertops, travertine flooring and a water filtration system. Plenty of cabinet storage and countertop surfaces are augmented by a large center island.

All three bedrooms are located upstairs, with the master suite enjoying the other fireplace in the house. The marble master bath has free-standing vanities and step-up jetted tub, as well as two stained glass windows and a chandelier. Down the hallway of floor-to-ceiling windows are the other two bedrooms. In all, the home offers two full and one-half bath.

Step outside
A round swimming pool is the highlight of the courtyard, which is kept secure with video surveillance. A low-maintenance side yard also provides a retreat, with the playhouse at one end of the area and easily in view. Private alley access leads to the two-car garage, with parking available for three more cars.

Square footage: 3,137

Asking price: $850,000

Listing agent: Shawn Russell, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Realtors