Property Watch: A 1959 Braeswood Stunner With Modern Flourishes

Pops of patterned tile and warm woods all around.

With Melissa Dalton

Here’s something for anyone who wants the cool of midcentury—this house was built in 1959—but with the ease that modern updates bring. Located in the quiet neighborhood, this house recently underwent a front-to-back remodel, weaving in pops of patterned tile with warm woods throughout, while preserving the midcentury bones.

The first houses in Knollwood Village went up between 1951 and 1953, on land that was then considered pretty far out from the city, as it used to host the Main Street Airport. (This was before construction of the Loop put this area inside it.) Neighborhood lore says the “knoll” part of the name is an homage to how the area never floods, and indeed, that’s the first note in this listing: that in 63 years, this house has never been flooded.

Looks-wise, this street is a haven for midcentury ranches, many still with their brick exteriors—here covered in bright white to hint at the updates inside. Through the front door, painted a jaunty red, all of the main living spaces are joined together. Refinished wood floors underfoot and two heavy beams overhead nod to the home’s original era, while everything else is brand new, even the windows.

This includes a lovely cook’s kitchen with simple white and gray cabinetry, quartz counters, and matte black hardware. A blue patterned tile runs along the backsplash, making for a nice counterpoint to the wood tones, and extends into the walk-in pantry for continuity. Across the room, behind the living room sofa and dining table, an accent wall echoes the tile, with its artful paneling painted a dreamy indigo.

There are three bedrooms and two baths, including a primary suite with a second blue accent wall, two walk-in closets, and behind a sliding barn door (so trendy), a big bathroom wreathed in marble. The hall bathroom continues the blue tile trend, both on the floor and in the shower niches, as does the oversized laundry room.

True to the home’s era, there’s even a rumpus room upstairs with carpeted floors perfect for kids’ play. But if that’s not enough, a large expanse of lawn in the backyard lets them take it outside.

Listing Stats: 

Address: 8439 Bluegate Dr, Houston, TX 77025
Size: 2,766 square feet/3 bedroom/2 bath 
List Date: 10/22/2022 
List Price: $725,000 
Listing Agent: Albert Martinez, Winhill Advisors - Kirby

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