Built in the brutalist style in 1989 and featuring iron and glass windows, the home was “ahead of its time,” says listing agent Clayton Katz of Compass. “It’s very architecturally square, even though the master bedroom ceiling is curved.”
Every room was equipped with monorail art lighting, as well as hidden vents and outlets, all necessary to properly display fine art.
The 6,300-square-foot home is located in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood, where the median listing price is $2,250,000. The homeowners, who bought the property in 2012, are downsizing—and taking their impressive art collection.
They “added lighting and design to showcase the art,” says Katz. With white walls, soaring ceilings in some rooms, and right angles everywhere, the house has the look and feel of a museum.
In addition to updating the home to display their art collection, the homeowners connected the garage to the house, created a dining room, and added an enclosed walkway.
The kitchen features updated cabinetry, floating concrete countertops, island with seating, and newer stainless-steel appliances. In the original design, one bedroom overlooked another, so the addition of a wall now provides privacy.
The master suite was entirely redone and now features a barrel ceiling and skylight. The remaining bedrooms are spacious—one is even attached to a sauna and another has flexible space for an office, yoga room, or art studio. The fourth bedroom is a ground-floor suite.
With most of the rooms surrounding a courtyard, the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces is seamless. Walls of windows allow natural light, which reflects the home’s steel beams and concrete floors.
“River Oaks is the nicest neighborhood in Houston, [but] it’s mostly traditional homes. There are maybe five modern houses in that neighborhood,” says Katz. “If you want to live in that neighborhood (and want a contemporary dwelling), you have very few options. In a sea of Georgian-style brick homes, there’s this really interesting, square brutalist box.”
The ideal buyer might be an “engineer, architect, or somebody with connections to art—a curator or art gallery owner,” says Katz.
Art aficionados, assemble—Houston has an answer!