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A $3.5 Million Cape House

A New England escape in the middle of Houston? This cape mansion brings it with a $3.5 million asking price

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Welcome to 11030 Greenbay St. in the Memorial area's Greenbay Forest subdivision. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Owners and guests walk in to hand-milled pine floors and unassuming wooden staircase. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The inviting formal living room. The interior woodwork in the house was milled at the Cliftondale Woodworks in Saugus, Maine, by artisans using knives designed by the architect.  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The cozy library, steps from the living room, is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in wood painted Williamsburg Red. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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In the colonial-style dining room, the chandelier and sconces are wired for electricity, but also hold candles to create a warm ambiance.  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Just off the dining room is the kitchen. Here you'll find brick floors and a bar top in maple treated with hot linseed oil, along with chef-quality appliances. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A view of the kitchen from the keeping room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The keeping room also could be a breakfast or family room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The spacious master bedroom, with sitting area to the left. Tongue-and-groove pine flooring is found in all bedrooms, which are located on the second level. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Hand-stenciled patterns adorn this bedroom's walls and trim  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A third bedroom, with window seat, built-in cabinets and bookshelves. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Also upstairs, the family room features storage walls to resemble paneling and two window seats with storage. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Welcome to the back yard, surrounded by a white picket fence enclosing the pool and outdoor living with limestone deck. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The arbor above the lounge area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another arbor covers the outdoor dining space. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Lush landscaping in the back yard frames this patio off the arbor-covered alfresco dining area... Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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...and continues to the outdoor fireplace just across. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The side yard is planted with easy-care zoysia grass leading up to the private patio with access from the living and keeping rooms. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Another look at 11030 Greenbay St. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond 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.

One can escape to a bit of New England right in the middle of a Memorial-area neighborhood, where a Cape Cod house, or "cape," is on sale for $3.5 million.

A bit of background
The residence, located at 11030 Greenbay St., is one of two buildings in Houston designed by the Royal Barry Wills Architectural Firm of Boston. In classic cape style, which emerged in 17th century New England, the structure features a symmetrical five-bay flat facade with the centered entry flanked by sidelights.

The roof is steeply pitched with minimal roof overhangs, and large chimneys extend high above the house. The front door welcomes in a cheery bright red.

While embellishments are minimum on typical capes, this house comes historically inspired with details such as handmade bricks, cedar clapboards and custom millwork. The landmark home is further enhanced by gardens designed by Houston landscape architect Lanson Jones.

Walk through
The foyer is straight forward yet elegant in its presentation with wide, hand-milled pine floors and unassuming wooden staircase. To the left, the dining room defines colonial manner and features a wood-burning fireplace, one of five in the house. A step down off the entry to the right takes owners and guests to the formal living room. The front windows recess into a wall, giving the illusion of an old, thick wall. Glass-paned French doors open to a private patio on the side yard.

Just off the living room, a cozy study with wood paneling and built-in bookshelves painted in Williamsburg Red makes a great retreat.

Pine-beamed ceilings start in the kitchen and continue into the keeping room, which is light-filled with views of the backyard. Down a side hall sits a climate-controlled wine room with a 1,000-bottle-plus capacity.

All four bedrooms are located upstairs, the master complete with fireplace, dressing areas with two baths and walk-in closets finished by California Closets. Two of the bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bath. The family room features storage walls to resemble paneling and two window seats with storage, as well as a kitchenette furnished with appliances.

Step outside
In the backyard, a 28-foot swimming pool, surrounded by flagstone deck, is enclosed by a Williamsburg-inspired picket fence. Post lanterns light the four brick patios, walk and covered dining area. An outdoor fireplace anchors the central shaded patio. In front, landscaping details include espaliered apple trees, blue and white plumbago, purple sage, native grasses and roses.

Square footage: 20,000

Asking price: $3.5 million

Listing agent: Vickie S. Driscoll, John Daugherty, Realtors

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