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Extreme makeover transforms museum district home into fab contemporary with chic '70s vibe

Extreme makeover transforms home into fab contemporary

Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, downstairs
A view of the main living area from the balcony above. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, living
Light and airy living space brings the outdoors in. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, dining
In the open floor plan, the dining area enjoys the outdoor view as well. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, kitchen
The contemporary kitchen  Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, upstairs
The loft serves as a cozy TV room and office with a view. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, pool
The interior pool provides a water feature focal point throughout the house. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, living area
The third floor addition of den and terrace was a brilliant add-on. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, master
The spacious master bedroom features hardwood floors. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, master bathroom
The master bath a contemporary masterpiece. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, elevation
The subtle street view of the house belies the excellence within. Courtesy photo
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, downstairs
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, living
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, dining
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, kitchen
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, upstairs
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, pool
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, living area
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, master
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, master bathroom
Houston, 1203 Berthea, September 2015, elevation

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Talk about extreme makeoverthis remarkable home at 1203 Berthea in the Museum District has undergone more beautification than the late Joan Rivers. And the result is a stunning residence that has morphed from a typical two-story into a stunning three story dwelling that maintains its original, signature two-story wall of glass. 

The transformation of the house built in 1979 included demolishing part of the home to expand the outdoor space as well as accommodating a swimming pool, adding a third floor and terrace and demolishing everything else between the outer walls with the exception of that glass wall, the foundation and first floor tile. Then it was rebuilding.

Walk through: The simple brick facade belies the dramatic interiors where the two-story high living area opens to the pool which is surrounded by the house on three sides. Light is at play throughout the residence throughout the day, the northern exposure offering a gentle light source. The ground floor open plan affords views and natural light across the living and dining areas and from the contemporary kitchen.

Three bedrooms, three baths, hardwood and tile flooring and two gas burning fireplaces are key components. The master suite with its gas-burning fireplace and sitting area includes a wet-bar with microwave and storage.

The two-story living room soars to a second level loft-like space ideal for a den or office with a grand view of the interior courtyard pool and massive oak trees beyond. We particularly like the third floor addition with its open room overlooking a terrace with views of treetops and skyline.

Square footage: 3,592 sq. ft.

Asking price: $1,295,000

Listing agent: Laura Lee Klemp with Greenwood King Properties.