Houston's History Mansion

Stately history: $4.15 million Houston mansion flaunts its very prestigious address and English style

Stately history: $4.15 million Houston mansion flaunts its prestige

On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 front exterior
Welcome to 1740 South Boulevard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 entry
Enter the home to a spacious foyer with sweeping staircase. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 lr2
A wood-burning fireplace with stone surround anchors one end of the formal living room. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 lr
Highlights here include hardwood flooring and lots of light pouring in through the restored original windows and French doors. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 office
Just beyond is a window-lined study or sunroom overlooking the back yard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 kitchen
The gourmet kitchen offers top-of-the-line appliances, plenty of storage and an oversized island with seating. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 breakfast area
A charming breakfast room sits just off the kitchen and includes open custom built-in cabinets and a wine service counter. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 family room
The family room, with vaulted ceilings, built-in bookshelves and the second wood-burning fireplace. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 master suite
The master bedroom with adjoining sitting area enjoys views from its second-story perch overlooking the grounds. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 master bath
Highlights of the master bath are marble floors and counters, dual sink and vanity, soaking tub and oversized frameless glass shower. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 bedroom
One of the other three bedrooms in the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 bedroom 2
All bedrooms are very light and bright. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 back porch
A large covered porch in back is designed to become a screened-in area, if desired, and offers an outdoor kitchen for al fresco entertaining and dining. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 side view
A view of the entertaining porch and the back yard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 back yard
Another look at the back yard, which affords plenty of room to install a swimming pool. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 front exterior
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 entry
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 lr2
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 lr
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 office
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 kitchen
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 breakfast area
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 family room
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 master suite
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 master bath
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 bedroom
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 bedroom 2
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 back porch
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 side view
On the Market 1740 South Boulevard October 2014 back yard

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Displaying traditional elegance at its best on one of Houston's most prestigious streets, a Joseph Finger-designed historic residence impresses with its stately English-style architecture and oversized lot with mature trees — and a $4,150,000 million asking price.

Walk through
Located at 1740 South Boulevard near Rice University and the Museum District, the three-story house, built in 1936 with upgrades by Eubanks Group Architects and Pasternak Custom Homes, welcomes with its timeless red-brick exterior and lush landscaping.

Enter into a spacious foyer with sweeping staircase to find the formal living room with hardwood flooring, high ceilings, elegant moldings and lots of light pouring in through the restored original windows and French doors. A wood-burning fireplace with stone surround anchors one end of the room, while the other provides the perfect place for another sitting area. Just beyond is a window-lined study or sunroom overlooking the backyard. Original hardware is found throughout.

The gourmet kitchen offers top-of-the-line appliances, plenty of storage, oversized island with seating and a befitting farmhouse sink. A charming breakfast room sits just off the kitchen and includes open custom built-in cabinets and a wine service counter. The kitchen opens to the large family room with vaulted ceilings, built-in bookshelves and the second wood-burning fireplace.

All four bedrooms, including the master suite, are located on the second and third floors. The master bedroom with adjoining sitting area enjoys views from its second-story perch overlooking the grounds. Highlights of the master bath are marble floors and counters, dual sink and vanity, soaking tub and oversized frameless glass shower. In total, the house has four full and two half-baths.

Step outside
A large covered porch in back is designed to become a screened-in area, if desired, and offers an outdoor kitchen for al fresco dining and entertaining. The porch takes in views of the expansive backyard, just part of the one-half acre lot. The three-car garage is attached.

Square footage: 5,914

Asking price: $4,150,000

Listing agent: Kathleen Wetmore, John Daugherty Realtors