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Houston's surprise Spanish luxury: $1.3 million home's all about community — and being close to downtown

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Welcome to 134 Calle Catalina Place in Cáceres. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A private courtyard with fountain and pool await behind a double-wrought iron gate on the first level. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The first-floor foyer, with travertine floors and recessed lighting. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A guest or secondary bedroom is located off the first-floor entrance. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The main entrance to the home welcomes all to the second floor. The spiral wrought-iron staircase, as well as an elevator, take owners to all four levels. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Arched hallways lead owners and guests to the dining room, where large windows afford views of the manicured grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Highlights in the kitchen include professional-grade Viking appliances, marble countertops and plenty of counter space. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The kitchen is open to the den or informal living area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The property comes complete with blinds, shutters and other window treatments. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The formal living room is centered around one of two gas-log fireplaces. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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...where owners walk down a hallway gallery to the master bedroom. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The master bath offers double sinks, whirlpool tub and seamless shower doors. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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An alder wood-paneled study is also located on the third floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A mini-kitchen with built-in refrigerator awaits owners on the fourth story. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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From the rooftop terrace, owners enjoy the outdoor seating area surrounding a gas-log fireplace... Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A last look at 134 Calle Catalina Place. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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Own a bit of Southern Spain right here in Houston with a luxury "pueblo blanco" at 134 Calle Catalina Place in Cáceres, an eight-acre gated, master-planned community located just minutes from downtown.

A bit of background
Located off Reinerman Street in the heart of the Rice Military area, Cáceres is a contemporary interpretation of the "pueblo's blancos" of Andalusia, Spain, where the traditional style of homes, villas and townhouses stand with whitewashed walls topped by red tile roofs surrounding a large public plaza. Cáceres was co-developed by Yancey-Hausman and Röhe & Wright Builders and designed by Preston Wood & Associates.

Walk through
Enter the custom stucco-clad home on this quiet cul-de-sac through a double-wrought iron gate leading to private courtyard with pool and fountain. Up the wrought-iron staircase takes owners to the first floor of the four-story residence, the foyer welcoming with travertine floors and recessed lighting. Find a guest or secondary bedroom just off the entrance, with full bath and French doors for access to the courtyard. The game room presents itself as a versatile space, easily redesigned as a media area, fitness center or another bedroom.

 The entire community is built around a centered park with swimming pool and cabana, where wine tastings and family movie nights are held throughout the year. 

An ornate spiral staircase leads to all four stories, as does an elevator, with the main entrance on the second level — the heart of the home with dining room, formal living room, powder room and kitchen. The cooking hub features professional Viking appliances, marble countertops and butler's pantry and is open to the large den.

The third floor is the owner's retreat, with alder wood-paneled study and hallway gallery to the spacious master bedroom. The master bath offers double sinks, whirlpool tub and seamless shower doors. The walk-in closet is enormous and designed with lots of built-ins. The master suite also includes a private porch and pergola.

A mini-kitchen with built-in refrigerator greets owners at the fourth story, with another bedroom and en suite bath to the side. From the rooftop terrace, one can enjoy the outdoor seating area surrounding a gas-log fireplace — and fantastic views of downtown.

Step outside
Private gardens and grounds are well-manicured. The entire community is built around a centered park with swimming pool and cabana, where wine tastings and family movie nights are held throughout the year. A very popular activity for residents is viewing Fourth of July fireworks shows produced by River Oaks Country Club, Houston County Club and the city.

Square footage: 4,902

Asking price: $1,325,000

Listing agent: Amanda Walsh, Heritage Texas Properties

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