Bungalow With A History
Updated bungalow in trendy neighborhood maintains a sense of history
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Owning a classic Craftsman-style home dovetailed with the owner's insight as principal at a local award-winning architectural firm to maintain and update the structure being mindful of its historic fabric, as well as add a complementary freestanding structure in back.
The house, located at 1507 Hawthorn St. in Montrose's Mandell Place, is now for sale at $592,000.
A deep front porch with ceiling fan welcomes owners to the property. Inside, the living room centers around a wood-burning fireplace flanked by windows and glass-front cabinets. Hardwood floors continue into the spacious dining room with large windows and high ceilings.
Just off the dining room is the kitchen with rustic-contemporary features such as a farmhouse sink and cabinets of reclaimed wood. Modern appliances, including a Frigidaire Gallery series stainless stove and microwave, ultra-quiet Bosch dishwasher, granite counters and a built-in wine cooler, are on hand for the chef of the house. The breakfast nook at one end of the kitchen showcases some of the interesting mill work found throughout the house.
A hallway leads to the master suite, which overlooks the back yard and pool area. A former sun room was reconfigured in 2001 to become the light-filled master bath, complete with double sinks, custom vanity with storage and steam shower.
Walls of windows highlight the second bedroom, accessible from the hall and living room. The hall bath is remodeled in white tile with blue glass accents that complement the original penny tile floor. The period sink is a re-conditioned antique fitted with a side-mounted Belle Foret faucet.
Here, outdoor living is easy with a swimming pool fringed with bamboo and windmill palms. A wooden deck provides more seating for al fresco affairs and is part of the 2012 addition of a 325-square-foot structure designed by the Logan and Johnson Architecture (LOJO) principal/owner to complement the main house with its own style. The space is now used as an office and guest quarters with full bath, and plumbing is stubbed for a sink if a kitchen is desired.
Mandall Place is a deed-restricted neighborhood in an area near Cafe Brasil, Hugo's, The Menil Collection and H-E-B. The house is just four streets north of The Menil and two blocks from the popular new bakery, Common Bond.
Square footage: 1,386, plus the addition with 325
Asking price: $592,000