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River Oaks stunner brings the wow factor back to Houston's real estate scene: An indoor-outdoor puzzle

River Oaks stunner brings the wow factor back to Houston real estate

1 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Welcome to 2401 Morse St. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
2 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
A two-story entrance makes for a grand beginning. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
3 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The living area is divided only by a free-standing, wood-burning fireplace. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
4 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Another comfortable sitting area on the other side of the fireplace. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
5 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The dining room, surrounded by windows, is light and bright. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
6 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The kitchen is complete with large granite-topped island with bar-stool seating and state-of-the-art appliances. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
7 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The powder room on the first floor features minimalistic Waterworks fixtures, as do the other three full baths in the house. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
9 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The Zen-inspired courtyard. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
8 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Astroturf keeps the lawn maintenance free. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
16 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The landing on the second floor enjoys natural light through one of the many strategically placed windows in the house. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
10 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The master bedoom. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
12 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Highlights of the master bath include a free-standing pewter tub, dual vanities and walls tiled up to long, horizontal windows that allow natural light to pour in. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
13 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
A second bedroom in the residence includes a full en suite bath. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
14 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The third bedroom also has a full en suite bath. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
15 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Window views of tree tops in one of the full baths. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
17 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
Trees, young and old, surround the corner-lot residence. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
18 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
The two-car garage is attached. Photo courtesy of © Miro Dvorscak Photography
1 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
2 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
3 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
4 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
5 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
6 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
7 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
9 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
8 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
16 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
10 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
12 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
13 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
14 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
15 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
17 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015
18 On the Market 2401 Morse St. Carol Barden-designed home February 2015

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A two-story contemporary wonder collaboratively orchestrated by noted modern developer Carol Isaak Barden with participating team experts is bringing a "wow" factor to the Houston real estate scene. Located on the corner lot at 2401 Morse St. in the River Oaks Shopping Center area, "The Waterworks House" hits the market with an asking price of $1.367 million.

Walk through
The story-story entrance is just the beginning of the creative interior architecture found throughout the residence. As in Barden's signature style, not only do floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of manicured yet natural grounds, but specifically placed windows in various sizes capture and frame views of high tree tops and low flower beds — and all of nature in between.

Living in a Barden-inspired house means a continuous sharing of interiors and the outdoors.

Architects Strasser & Ragni made nods to that connection by leaving the first floor completely open except for a free-standing, wood-burning fireplace, with living spaces defined by furniture arrangement. Brazilian hardwoods serve as flooring underfoot downstairs, and high ceilings plus the many windows create a light-filled ambiance.

 Living in a Barden-inspired house means a continuous sharing of interiors and the outdoors. 

The kitchen comes complete with large granite-topped island with bar-stool seating and is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances for the chef of the house. An oversized walk-in pantry is also easily at hand.

The three bedrooms are located upstairs, including the master suite with two walk-in closets. Highlights of the master bath include a free-standing pewter tub, dual vanities, separate shower and walls tiled up to long, horizontal windows that allow natural light to pour in.

All three and one-half baths in the house feature Waterworks minimalistic fixtures, the inspiration behind Barden's bestowing the name of "The Waterworks House" upon the 2006 residence, as she always dubs her properties with a befitting title.

An Aprilaire air purifier system provides relief from airborne allergies in this energy-efficient home. 

Step outside
The private walled courtyard displays Zen-inspired landscaping. Astroturf keeps the lawn maintenance free. The two-car garage is attached.

Square footage: 3,820

Asking price: $1, 367,000

Listing agent: Ursula Muenzel, Beth Wolff Realtors