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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.
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.
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