Shelby's Dream House

Haute modern home scores big with fab open interiors, sophisticated design

Haute modern home scores big with fab open interiors, sleek design

On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
Custom home a contemporary killer in sedate West University neighborhood. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
Curb appeal a distinctive plus. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The lap pool and canopied seating area consume the backyard. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
View to the back of the house.  Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The outdoor/indoor entertaining capabilities are a particularly attractive amenity. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The entire first floor opens to the pool courtyard, creating a superb party venue. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The elongated living room plays to the contemporary ambiance. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The dining area opens to both the living room and the kitchen. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
Gourmet island kitchen.  Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The second-floor lounge leads to the master bedroom. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The master bedroom has views to the pool below. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
Guest bedrooms enjoy a contemporary vibe.  Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
The fourth bedroom is used as a home office.  Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
A comfy guest room. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
Even the second floor laundry room enjoys a contemporary vibe. Photo by TK Images
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016
On the Market, 1509 Banks, July 2016

Editor's Note: Houston is loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap Editor-at-Large Shelby Hodge snoops through some of our faves and gives you the lowdown on what's hot on the market.

1509 Banks

If I were house hunting this week and had a few extra million in my pocket, my name would be on the contract for this beauty faster than you could say "closing date." Thank you, Wayne Braun, design director emeritus of PDR (a consulting, design and architecture firm), for creating this stunning home, albeit for yourself, and after living in it for a few years making it available on the residential market.

Touted as a modern masterpiece, this beautiful residence indeed enjoys all the hallmarks of contemporary living — a wide open floor plan, glass walls which retract invisibly into structural pockets, and exceptionally high ceilings.

Home tour: The ground floor is designed as one vast, open-plan entertaining space with the kitchen, dining and living areas embracing an L shape that encloses the lap pool and luxurious outdoor entertaining area. Natural light flows throughout with white walls and high ceilings affording the feel of immense space. Minimalist detailing defines the sleek design.

A glass staircase leads to the second floor where an open plan lounge anchors the master and three guest bedrooms. Four full minimalist bathrooms included.

So attractively and appropriately furnished is the house, according to my taste, that a buyer might be inclined to suggest a lock, stock, and barrel purchase.

Square feet: 3,992 square feet

Asking price: $2,295,000 million

Listing agent: Laura Sweeney of John Daugherty Realtors