Decadent 1947 River Oaks home asks $5.5M

3405 Meadow Lake Lane, located within Houston’s prestigious River Oaks neighborhood, was completed in 1947 by John F. Staub, one of the era’s foremost architects of country houses and spacious suburban villas. The exterior design, a crisp, clean brick composition topped by a generous, low pitched roof with a substantial overhang—a feature very much welcome in the balmy Texas climate—bids you welcome through an angled entry porch with a peacock blue chinoiserie screen door, creating a wonderfully immersive, inviting entry into a home of perfect provenance.

Once indoors, you enter into the Hollywood Regency-esque center stair hall, drawing you down into the light, bright entertainment areas, all centered around a Jetson-esque kitchen in calming tones of cream and grey. My two favorite rooms are the formal living and dining room spaces, closely followed by the fabulous breakfast nook, as each room has a distinct undergirding within the design, thus elevating them to new heights.

Upstairs, the cool, calm, collected palette of greys continues with bursts, pops, and sparkles of whimsy sprinkled about, allowing the design to become truly three, or even four-dimensional. The exquisite use of complimentary tiles and patterns in the powder room is a period-correct, and just plain fun, design feature I would employ in each and every bathroom—bye, bye zebra striped master bath, this just isn’t your time or place.

The rear façade and gardens further the substantial angles employed throughout the property, allowing for a cohesive collection of contemporary and vintage pieces and structures to comingle in the best of ways. Sure you can tell where the old structure ends and the contemporary addition begins, but does that not add interest and only delight and surprise the viewer in this new combination? I always love creating, and sharing, new combinations for they always provide the freshest air and perspectives.

3405 Meadow Lake Lane, a 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 6,196 square foot home located on a roughly 17,000 square foot lot, is listed courtesy of Hester Hawkins with Greenwood King Properties for $5,495,000.

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