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Home of Menil director offers modern simplicity and art gallery grandeur for $1.1 million

Home of Menil director offers modern simplicity & art gallery grandeur

1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The modern home of the Menil Collection's soon-to-be former director at 1614 Sul Ross is on the market for $1.1 million. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
A custom-built bookcase wall figures prominently in the living room. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The 1,840-square-foot main house connects to the 360-square-foot guest quarters and 300-square-foot garage. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The spacious kitchen features a sleek island and stylish appliances. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
An open study sits just atop the open staircase. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The living room features high ceilings, a surround-sound system and white oak floors. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The spacious master bedroom also features floor-to-ceiling windows. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
The master bathroom features a spa-like shower. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the home's garden. Photo courtesy of HAR
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market
1614 Sul Ross On the Market

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1614 Sul Ross

After serving as director of the Menil Collection for the past 12 years, Josef Helfenstein is leaving the museum and returning to his native Switzerland where he will serve as director of the Kunstmuseum Basel. Departing Houston in December, the modern home he has shared with his wife, Dorothee Sauter Helfenstein, and two sons is on the market — and it's located right down the street from the Menil.

The home, which was featured in the New York Times, was designed for the Helfensteins by Nonya Grenader, a native Houstonian and a professor at the Rice University School of Architecture.

What's inside: Featuring steel-framed floor-to-ceiling windows, white walls and white oak floors, finished in the same way as the floors at the nearby Cy Twombly Gallery, the two-story home has a distinctly modern yet comfortable feel. As the Times observed, it "has the simple grandeur of an art gallery. Ceilings are 10 feet high on the first floor, and steel-framed windows (many of them facing the garden) let in plenty of light, reinforcing the sense of spaciousness."

The home features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom, as well as a spacious living room, a study and a garage. The kitchen comes with custom-built cabinetry, a large island, Corian countertops and stylish high-end appliances. Attached to the bright master bedroom is the spacious master bath with a double-sink vanity and a large, glassed-in shower.

A corrugated aluminum roof connects the 1,840-square-foot main house to the 360-square-foot guest quarters and 300-square-foot garage. The two sections of the home are separated by a covered double-height porch with views of the garden, making it a nice setting for outdoor entertaining.

Situated on a 7,398-square-foot lot on a cul-de-sac just a block away from the Menil Collection, the home reflects the quiet elegance of the nearby museum and the wooden cottages that populate the area.

Square footage: 2,500

Asking price: $1,150,000

Listing agent: David Houston with New Leaf Real Estate