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Houston's Zen House: 1946 home renovated and revamped into a tranquil, luxury retreat

Houston's Zen House: 1946 home renovated into tranquil, luxury retreat

On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
Welcome to 2412 Wichita St. in Riverside Terrace. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
The staircase with Asian-inspired banister and hand rails as seen in the foyer. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
The grand two-story entryway. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
Nine-foot ceilings are above and restored hardwood flooring underfoot in the large living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 family room 2
A wood-burning fireplace adds warmth to the room, while new energy-efficient, double-pane casement windows allow for natural light to fill the area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
An ornate entertainment bar with refrigerator, ice maker and sink shares the same space with the formal dining room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
The custom kitchen, open to the dining area, includes cabinetry with bronze hardware, stainless steel appliances and concrete countertops. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
Another view of the kitchen looking toward the formal dining room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 master bedroom
The master suite sits on the first floor and offers a built-in closet system and extended sitting niche.  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
One of the three full baths in the house, all complete with designer cabinetry and accents. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 master bedroom
A second bedroom in the house could serve as the master suite. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
The third bedroom. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
Enter the second-floor office via a double carved folding door. All upstairs rooms have access to a terrace in back. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
A pergola defines the expansive patio - perfect for entertaining. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
The salt water swimming pool with spa features is surrounded by Zen-like gardens. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 family room 2
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 master bedroom
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015 master bedroom
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015
On the Market 2412 Wichita St. March 2015

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An extensive renovation to a home on a quiet tree-lined street in Riverside Terrace brings a Zen factor to the original 1946 structure. This runs throughout the residence and in the backyard, where an oversized spa with a waterfall is a highlight of the salt water swimming pool.

Walk through

Custom-made steel-frame doors with exotic scroll detailing set the stage for the house at 2412 Wichita St., opening to the grand two-story entry and staircase with Asian-inspired banister and hand rails. Restored rich wooden flooring flows into the large living room with 9-foot ceilings. A center wood-burning fireplace serves as the focal point, and new energy-efficient, double-pane casement windows allow for natural light to fill the area.

  An oversized spa with a waterfall is a highlight of the salt water swimming pool. 

An ornate entertainment bar with refrigerator, ice maker and sink is also readily at hand. The bar shares the same space with the formal dining room, where a wall of windows and French doors with access to the back gardens extends the length of the room.

The custom kitchen, open to the dining area, includes cabinetry with bronze hardware, stainless steel appliances and concrete countertops. Updated electrical fixtures, such as track and recessed lighting, are found in this hub of the home.

The master suite sits on the first floor and offers a built-in closet system and extended sitting niche. Highlights of the master bath include limestone floors, frameless glass shower and pedestal sink. Upstairs are the two additional bedrooms plus an office/study, all with hardwood flooring and ceiling fans and access to a second-story terrace. Two full baths with designer cabinetry, vanities and sconces are en suite.

Step outside
A pergola defines the expansive patio, providing the perfect spot for entertaining with views of the landscaped backyard. Stone sidewalks lead to a saltwater pool and spa surrounded by Zen-like gardens.

Square footage: 2,772

Asking price: $779,000

Listing agent: Richard Ray, John Daugherty Realtors