It’s easy to forget you’re minutes away from downtown Houston. Enter through the vibrant red door, past the manicured yard, and walk beyond the large glass entry at 713 Booth St.
In fact, architect Benjamin Notzon hoped guests and residents of this Near Northside home that's currently on sale for $2.5 million, would be transported to the outskirts of Paris when they witnessed the horizontal stone structures that he seemingly stacked at 90-degree angles upon each other to create this modernist masterpiece. The eclectic home is inspired by French national monument Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.
With five acres of protected (and adoptable) Harris County land next door, he aimed to "frame views of the landscape" and offer an escape from inner-city life, according to listing agent Linda Reneberg with Martha Turner Sotherby's.
"This home is for someone someone who likes a glamorous, luxury kind of life, but also likes nature. A trendsetter with a pioneer spirit who marches to the beat of a little different drummer," Reneberg says.
At more than 5,500 square feet and situated on a gated-in lot at the end of a tucked-away street, the 7-year-old home is an urban oasis that feels equal parts secluded and connected to its surrounding environment.
Floor-to-near-rooftop glass windows that flank the hand-crafted, three-story open staircase is matched with fully retractable glass doors and multiple terraces to bring the outdoors into nearly every space in the home. Meanwhile a stunning "chapel-like" library, complete with soaring 18-foot-ceilings and clerestory windows, offers another peaceful place for residents to unwind.
The primary bedroom bedecked in the home's signature red hue, looks out over the treetops from the third floor, which happens to be accessible via the home's commercial grade elevator. Two other well-appointed bedrooms are located off the first floor entry way.
The second floor is the core of the home. Running the length of the middle horizontal stack is an expansive chef's kitchen that takes its name seriously, boasting four professional gas ovens, 10 burners, three sinks, a massive sub-zero fridge, and demonstration-style island. An indoor dining area flows into the main covered terrace in one direction and into a sleek living room with large windows and more verdant views in the other. Basalt natural volcanic stone flooring runs throughout.
The detached, temperature-controlled garage offers one last spot to bring the green, as its rooftop is designed to support a garden.
And though it seems easy to get lost in the enchantment of this home, stellar views of the the downtown skyline from multiple outlooks on the property will bring your back to reality—if you're ready, of course.