Montrose's $1.7 Million Zen House

Montrose's Zen house: This $1.7 million escape comes with its own spa and rooftop garden

Montrose's Zen house: This $1.7 million escape comes with its own spa

On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 swimming pool at pool level
Welcome to the courtyard at 2603 Hopkins St. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 front door angle
Mature trees and fenced front deck with sitting area welcome owners home. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 courtyard at night
The Zen garden with coy pond offers a place to sit and relax on the slate bench. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 dining room to living room
The open living and dining room enjoys a wall of custom-design built cabinets. The Zen garden is outside to the right of the fireplace with jade-green mosaic tile surround. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 living room
This is a home of glass blending the outside and the inside. Commercial-grade, double-pane windows reduce UV light.  Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 dining room to kitchen
A view from the dining room into the kitchen and outside to the pool area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 kitchen
The cook’s kitchen is complete with sleek cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel refrigerator, freezer and appliances. An outside stair case by the pool leads to the second-floor deck. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 kitchen
Looking from the kitchen back toward the dining room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 bedroom
A downstairs bedroom overlooks the pool and courtyard - a perfect retreat for guests. Another bedroom suite is also located on the first floor. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 stairwell
A local artist created the iron railings with matching light post covers. Lights are installed in the posts. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 hallway
Owners walk down a hallway with glass walls and mirrored wardrobes, which reflect the walled roof garden and the skyline views, to the master suite. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom
The master bedroom includes a third fireplace with jade-green mosaic tile surround and built-in headboard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom 3 to deck
Note the jetted tub beneath another fireplace in the right background. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom 3 bath vanities
Highlights of the master bath are double white ceramic sinks and a frameless glass shower with mosaic tile and bench seat. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 den
The family room or den is expansive with a raised 13-foot ceiling. A third bedroom, one of the four total, is on the other side of the cut-out wall. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 den
The room is surrounded tiered rows of windows that provide views of the adjacent roof garden, creating another indoor/outdoor living area. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 bedroom
The third bedroom comes with two great closets, full bath and kitchenette. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 deck with skyline view
The expansive second-floor deck overlooks oak trees and captures a skyline view of downtown. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 deck 4
Another view of the deck, with the pool area with outdoor kitchen just below. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 pool
The swimming pool with spa and paving-stone bridge. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 house front
The exterior of 2603 Hopikins St. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 swimming pool at pool level
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 front door angle
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 courtyard at night
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 dining room to living room
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 living room
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 dining room to kitchen
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 kitchen
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 kitchen
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 bedroom
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 stairwell
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 hallway
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom 3 to deck
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 master bedroom 3 bath vanities
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 den
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 den
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 bedroom
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 deck with skyline view
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 deck 4
On the Market 2603 Hopkins St. September 2014 pool
On the Market 2603 Hopkins September 2014 house front

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Find your Zen in an Asian-inspired escape with courtyard, pool and spa and rooftop garden with expansive deck, all tucked into a private, light-filled contemporary Montrose residence in Houston's bustling Inner Loop. It's for sale with an asking price of $1.7 million.

Walk through
Designed by noted architect Truong Le, the house at 2603 Hopkins St. welcomes with mature trees and fenced front deck with sitting area. Inside, owners find the entryway with a console of mirrors and mosaic tile on one wall and a built-in slate bench with accent windows above on the other. The structure then follows a U-shaped design that focuses inward into the home and also outward through tall walls of glass and glass doors to the enclosed central courtyard.

Views of the pool, spa and stepping-stone bridge are visible from all downstairs rooms, merging the exterior and interior spaces.

Oak floors underfoot and floating wood panels on the 11-foot ceilings above are found throughout the first level. Two wood-burning fireplaces with custom-designed, jade-green mosaic tiles anchor each end of the open formal living and dining rooms. The cook’s kitchen is surrounded by glass and is complete with sleek cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel refrigerator, freezer and appliances. From here, a glass door leads to pool, lower deck and bar, as well as to the summer kitchen.

One first-floor bedroom suite sits inside just at pool’s edge, making it a perfect retreat for guests. Another first-level bedroom suite enjoys a private entrance — also very accommodating. A Jack-and Jill bath on the first floor is convenient with one-half opening to serve the living areas and the other half opening to the outside courtyard and serving as the pool bath.

Upstairs via an artistically designed stairwell with post-installed lights, owners walk down a hallway with glass walls and mirrored wardrobes that reflect the walled roof garden and the skyline views. The spacious master suite overlooks the rooftop deck and includes a third fireplace with jade-green mosaic tiles and built-in headboard and night tables that complement the floating wood ceiling panels. Highlights of the master bath are double white ceramic sinks, a jetted tub beneath a fireplace and frameless glass shower with mosaic tile and bench seat.

Also on the second floor, the family room is expansive with a raised 13-foot ceiling, slate wall with a fireplace and display shelves. The room is surrounded by glass doors and tiered rows of windows that provide views of the adjacent roof garden, creating another indoor/outdoor living area. On the other side of the angled wall with glass at top, a secondary bedroom suite has mirrored wardrobe cabinets, a private slate-tiled bath and kitchenette.

Step outside
Enjoy, inside and out, an upscale sophisticated sound/entertainment system that delivers your music of preference while relaxing on the massive deck. Comfortable seating areas abound above the trees. Steps below is the pool and spa, making this home a great place for entertaining.

Square footage: 4,522

Asking price: $1,749,999

Listing agent: Yvonne Meyer, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty