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On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Welcome to 426 W. Cowan Drive. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Enter into the grand living room, where curved architectural lines are complemented by a spiraling staircase winding upstairs. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Windows from floor to ceiling allow natural light to stream into the room, which is open to the kitchen for conversation and entertaining. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The chef's kitchen wraps around the back of the living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
A wet bar is conveniently situated off the kitchen and is easily accessible to the living room... Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
...and dining room with a view through plate windows. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The first-floor bedroom with en suite bath is now used as a guest room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
A view of the living room from above. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The second level includes a spacious office with built-in bookshelves for a library. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
From the office, owners will find the master bedroom, which faces the front of the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The master bedroom is located on the second floor. From here, owners have access to a private terrace (not shown.) Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The master bath features his and hers sinks and a jet tub. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Beyond the tub, you'll find a spacious shower and plenty of storage. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
The stairwell continues to wind up to the third floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Welcome to the third floor, now used as a game room and entertaining space. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Exit the game room to enjoy a huge balcony, one of three. Take in views of the lush landscaped back garden and the downtown Houston skyline. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
A view from the back yard showing the outdoor kitchen with al fresco dining and a portion of the pool. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
Another view of 426 Cowen Drive. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
On the Market 426 W. Cowen Drive March 2014
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Editor's Note: Houston and the surrounding areas are loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap snoops through some of the best and gives you the lowdown on what's hot on the market.

Discover international modern sophistication in the woods with this stunning home just recently listed for sale in the elite Crestwood subdivision just east of Memorial Park.

About the area
The Crestwood/Glen Cove community was first developed in the 1940s, with Crestwood rising from the former site of Camp Logan, a World War I-era army training camp. A few chunks of concrete and building foundations left over from camp facilities still remain in the heavily forested park.

Crestwood is in close proximity to Bayou Bend, River Oaks and Avalon Place and is within a five-minute drive to downtown and to The Galleria. Some houses in the neighborhood are adjacent to the Hogg Bird Sanctuary Park. Residents enjoy 1,508-acre Memorial Park, with its municipal golf course, walking, jogging, hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds, tennis courts and more.

Walk through
Located on the always-desirable corner lot, this jewel of a home at 426 W. Cowan Drive is of steel frame construction with stucco exterior designed by Preston Wood & Associates. Owners enter to lofty ceilings, two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows, some with curved panel glass, and a massive brick fireplace. A halo of track lighting hangs from above in the grand room.

A gourmet chef's kitchen half-circles the living area. The dining room lies just beyond an open bar that is connected to the cook's paradise and convenient to the great room. A guest bedroom with en suite bath is tucked in a private setting, a simple solution for residents preferring a first-floor retreat.

The spiraling staircase takes owners and guests to the second level, where the landing opens to an office and library. Beyond is the spacious master bedroom, which includes access to a private terrace. The master bath is highlighted by his-and-her vessel sinks, large jet tub and oversized frameless shower. In total, the house boasts four bedrooms and four full and one half-baths.

Winding up the stairs to the third floor, owners and guests find a tree house-like space with views in every direction. From this area, which is now designated as a gaming center and entertainment space, exit outside to a huge balcony affording vistas of downtown Houston. The house is equipped with an elevator.

Step outside
In addition to three generously sized terraces, the house offers even more outdoor scenery with a patio kitchen and dining area for al fresco festivities. The lush landscaping invites owners and guests to take a dip in the secluded backyard pool. A detached two-car garage brings additional space on the second floor for office and/or living quarters.

Square footage: 3,821 on a 9,901-square-foot lot

Asking price: $1.6 million

Broker: John Daugherty, Realtors

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