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2297 Brancroft, #1706
I've always liked the Highland Tower for its sleek, contemporary feel, clean lines, great location and resort-style pool and entertainment area. Designed by Ziegler Cooper and developed by Robert Bland, it's a sure winner. And, now, I have a big seven-figure reason to appreciate it even more.
The penthouse on the 17th floor, boasting downtown skyline views from the living room, master bedroom and study, plus two balconies, has plenty of appeal right up front. Add the $70,000 in extras that the owners put in when completing the upgrades and you have a smashing aerie oozing sophistication.
Even though the price might seem daunting for 1,963 square feet, the real estate agent tells me, "When you look at what's going on right now, it's competitive." Well, if I were single and had the change, this would be my choice for nesting.
Walk through: The small entry belies the open, spacious feel of the main living area straight ahead, an open plan that is deliciously modern and so appropriate for today's lifestyle. The upgraded kitchen with gas range looks straight out of a design magazine, a comfortable backdrop to the combo living and dining area which is brightly lighted by floor-to-ceiling windows. To the east, overlooking downtown, is one of two terraces, this one including a gas grill.
The guest bedroom with its opulent guest bath opens off of the living area.
Back down the hall turn right for the tiny third bedroom, which the current residents use as a study, again with decorative upgrades that impart a very sophisticated feel. The master bedroom lies at the end of the short hallway where floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with light and open to the second balcony. The master bath is luxurious and spacious.
Dream home: The residence is so beautifully decorated (the owners are art collectors and the place is beyond rich with paintings) in a sleek, sophisticated style that one would be inclined to take the abode lock-stock-and-barrel, though that isn't in the offering at the moment. Amenities include a bar closet where the ice machine makes "snow ice" and shelves accommodate bar ware, liquor and wine bottles. A state-of-the-art audio/visual system, art lighting and custom bath features are all part of the attraction.
Lacking: Even with Programme Martin design, closet space is not what one would expect in a penthouse in this price range. But the realtor assures that the two large storage units, negotiated by the owners when they bought in the building, provide plenty of space to stack your goods. Currently, the husband and wife team use both the master and guest room closet for their things.
Square footage: 1,963
Asking price: $1,095,000
Listing agent: Kathy Jones with Heritage Texas Properties