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Historic River Oaks home goes up for sale: Storied architect cred comes with a $1.9 million price tag

Historic River Oaks home goes up for sale: $1.9 million price tag

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Welcome to 2107 Looscan Lane in River Oaks. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Enter the foyer to find hardwood flooring underfoot. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Custom silk window treatments frame floor-to-ceiling windows in the formal living room, which is anchored by a fireplace. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Another view of the formal living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The den opens to a screened-in porch via French doors. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Venetian plaster walls add to the ambiance in the formal dining room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The kitchen features honed Venatino marble counters and stainless appliances. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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 Hand-painted Roman shades hang above the three kitchen-sink windows. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The spacious master suite, located on the second floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A few of the highlights in the master bath include dual vanities, frameless shower/bath and exotic tile floor. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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A secondary bedroom... Photo by © Wade Blissard
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...and the third bedroom, both also located on the second floor. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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The screened-in porch brings outdoor living in. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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A terrace-covered walkway takes owners and guests from the main house to the heated pool and spa. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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A look back at the house shows the guest house to the right. The driveway with carport parking is to the left. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
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The bedroom in the guest house. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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The landscaped back yard provides plenty of space for entertaining. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Another view of the back yard with heated pool. Photo by © Wade Blissard
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Historic landmark designation, heated swimming pool and spa, spacious guest house in back and a River Oaks location all add up to a highly desirable package in a traditional-style home, now on the market for $1,995,000.

A bit of background
Known as the Helm-McDonough House, this Colonial Revival style-structure was designed by the late Louis Antonio Glover. Glover served as architect for several significant buildings in Houston, including the Julia Ideson Library, 1926 (with Cram and Ferguson and William Ward Watkin); and Lamar Senior High School, 1937 (with John F. Staub, Kenneth Franzheim, Lamar Q. Cato and Harry D. Payne).

He also worked with Staub on the John H. Reagan High School, 1926, and solo on the houses at 2140 Stanmore and 2260 Pine Valley, both located in the River Oaks area.

Walk through
Located at 2107 Looscan Lane, the 1937 residence welcomes owners and guests with a manicured front lawn including lush grass, trees with plantings underneath and tiers of groomed hedges. Enter the foyer to find hardwood floors leading to the formal living room to the right, where a fireplace anchors the space. Custom silk window treatments frame floor-to-ceiling windows.

 The 1937 residence welcomes with a manicured front lawn including lush grass, trees with plantings underneath and tiers of groomed hedges. 

The living room flows into the cozy den with views of the private grounds, pool and guest home. Here, hand-painted Roman shades are easily adjusted for lighting preferences. The formal dining room is also just steps from the living room with French doors accessing a screened-in porch. Venetian plaster walls add to the ambiance to the dining room, as do custom silk draperies.

The kitchen features honed Venatino marble counters and stainless appliances. More hand-painted Roman shades hang above the three kitchen sink windows. Adjacent is the utility/work room with wine refrigerator, laundry, sink and work desk. 

All three bedrooms are located on the second floor, including the spacious master suite with walk-in closet. Dual vanities, frameless shower/bath and exotic tile floor are just some of the highlights here. The additional two bedrooms share a bath; a powder room is tucked under the stairs on the first floor.

Step outside
Professional landscaping continues in the backyard, where a terrace-covered walkway takes owners and guests from the main house to the heated pool and spa. On one side of the pool is the gated driveway leading to the two-car carport, while on the other side sits the guest house, complete with full ensuite bath and kitchen.

Square footage: 2,324 in the house, 575 in the guest home

Asking price: $1,995,000

Listing agent: Cheryl Cooper, Greenwood King Properties