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Mid-century modern house brings award-winning style to the market for under $500,000

Mid-century modern house brings award-winning style to the market

News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
Built in 1956, the stunning mid-century modern home was designed by University of Houston College of Architecture dean William Jenkins. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
Award-winning restoration of the 2,700 sq.ft. home a show stopper. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
Cabinetry, built-ins and paneling are original to the house. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
The main living area features a vaulted ceiling, polished concrete flooring and loads of windows. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
The far end of the main living area features a flagstone fireplace and glass walls.  Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, 10111 Cliffwood
The master bedroom features a glass wall opening to the backyard. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, 10111 Cliffwood
The baby's room a full-sized bedroom. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
One of three bedrooms featuring narrow ribbon hardwood flooring. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
The sunny breakfast area and kitchen feature terrazzo tile. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
Via glass walls, the house opens into the enclosed backyard. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
The mod enthusiast will surely love this house. Courtesy of TK Images
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, 10111 Cliffwood
News, Shelby, 10111 Cliffwood
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, On the Market, 10111 Cliffwood, Oct. 2015

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10111 Cliffwood

As a young architect in Houston, William R. Jenkins made his mark with numerous homes and office buildings. Some would say that his most lasting contribution to the city was his tenure as the dean of the University of Houston College of Architecture. He launched the college on its course to becoming one of the leading architecture schools in the state.

But for certain, the mid-century modern houses that he designed around the city are architectural monuments to that Mad Men era. Few homes personify the mid-century esthetic more than this one, built in 1956 in Willow Meadows and refurbished in 2007 to 21st century sensibilities while maintaining the earlier feel. That careful refurbishment earned the house a Houston Mod Award for preservation.

What's inside: The comfortable three-bedroom home features a metal roof, narrow ribbon hardwood floors and an open living area with polished concrete flooring and a raised ceiling with tongue and groove design.

The single floor house is designed around the enclosed backyard with most rooms and all bedrooms opening through glass walls to the verdant space. Sensitivity to the period is clearly evidenced in the preservation of original cabinetry throughout the house and in the kitchen where original cabinetry is combined with modern Fisher Playkel appliances and period-appropriate replacements on countertops and in flooring.

The complete two bathrooms with sunken, tiled tubs feature glass walls that open to a private interior courtyard.

The house combines the best of mid-century mod esthetics with contemporary convenience and updating.

Love: The combo dining room/main living area with fireplace polished concrete floors and the raised ceiling.

Square footage: 2,680.

Asking price: $499,999 ($186.24 per square foot).

Listing agent: Broker Robert Searcy, Robert Searcy Properties.