In this era of tear-down and new-build, many Houstonians clamor to any symbol of our historic architecture. One such shining beacon is Broadacres, which was envisioned by Captain James Baker for his family. Broadacres is a 1926 Cotswold country gem with manicured gardens and swimming pool, an entire property so pristine it seems entirely from another age.
Designed by legendary Houston architect Birdsall Briscoe, this amazing home has kept its early 20th-century personality, while bending easily to the necessities of 21st-century life. The home, located at 1324 North Blvd. is on the market for $6,495,000 and boasts 40,000 square feet of estate space.
Offered by Ed Wolff of Beth Wolff Realtors, it’s an amazing home in an area awash in amazing. Locals know that North Boulevard is where Garrett Breedlove and Aurora strolled in the 1983 charmer, Terms of Endearment.
And the home? The original porte-cochere has been relocated to the garden, while the original carriage house is now a three-car garage with guest quarters. A two-story family room added in 1989 with cathedral ceilings and arched doors complete the 7,196 square feet of living space.
Briscoe’s use of architectural detail is evident in the living room that features a recessed window with north garden exposure. This element continues throughout, with a formal dining room, ample entertainment spaces, a sun room, library, a climate-controlled wine room in the basement, and an upstairs master suite featuring tree-top views, numerous sitting areas, dressing room, and dual baths with two showers and a separate tub.
Yet another signature touch is a large island kitchen designed by architect Jorge Munoz of Munoz Albin (they’re working with the new Residences at La Colombe d’Or). With seven-burner induction cooktop, double convection ovens, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, a dumbwaiter, and glass-front cabinets, this is a chef’s dream.
This is a home where it’s easy to escape. It’s a home that says “welcome” to the family who lives there and to guests who come through the doors. But most of all, it’s a home that is a piece of Houston history, one that embraces the Bayou City past while standing sentinel to enter its future.