Designed by Birdsall Briscoe in the Cotswold country style, 1324 North Boulevard is the epitome of elegance. Located in historic Broadacres, the home is within walking distance to the Museum District and Rice University.
The Grand Foyer between the entry and rear doors provides direct access to both formals. Natural light reflects off of the hardwood floors from the rear door and windows overlooking the gardens. The block paneled walls and elegantly carved balustrades exemplify Briscoe's attention to detail.
The formal dining room is open to the grand foyer, the rear gallery, and the library providing an easy flow while entertaining.
Briscoe's use of architectural detail is evident as you step down into this formal living room featuring a recessed window with north garden exposure opposite the fireplace.
The sun parlor opens to the east patio and lush gardens featuring Rose bushes, Camellias, Azaleas, and numerous other plantings.
This rear elevation displays a symmetry that is consistent with Briscoe's design from the original sun room to the family room addition. The careful attention to detail by the current owner has served to sustain the authenticity of this phenomenal residence.
The mill work of the front staircase is a hallmark of Bricoe's design sensibility.
The main guest room balcony overlooks the family room and provides a view of its cathedral style ceiling and arched windows.
The family room's arched windows provide ample natural light while open access to the island kitchen creates the perfect gathering place.
The wall of doors in the family room opens up to the west patio offering views of the gardens, swimming pool and provides seamless flow to the outside living spaces.
The west patio provides a perfect setting for outdoor entertaining as it overlooks the rose beds, swimming pool, and gardens.
The library provides a centrally located retreat and has entries from the formal dining room and breakfast room through French doors.
Located next to the kitchen, the breakfast room affords views of the side gardens and courtyard off the study through vertical windows.
The island features a seven burner induction cook top. Additional kitchen appliances include double convection ovens, two Subzero refrigerators, two dishwashers, a dumbwaiter, and glass front cabinets designed by architect Jorge Munoz. (Munoz and Albin)
Convenient to the rear gallery, the kitchen, and the breakfast room, the bar area continues the kitchen design and features a separate sink and a dishwasher.
The wine room is located in the fully functioning cellar and offers a climate controlled 1,400 bottle capacity.
The ladies gathering room adjacent to rear door provides a cozy conversation space and a glimpse of the history in this unique residence.
The north facing window provides views of the gardens and bathes the front staircase in natural light.
The Master Bedroom is its own private retreat offering views of the treetops from numerous sitting areas. It includes a dressing room as well as his and hers baths with two showers and separate tub .
This north facing recessed window in the master bedroom offers views of the swimming pool, gardens, and is another place to relax.
The master suite encompasses a sitting room surrounded by treetop views from every angle.
The sitting room's south, east, and north exposures provides views of the surrounding oaks and a perfect setting to read or enjoy a cup of coffee.
This secondary bedroom with en-suite bath is currently used as an office and affords an inspiring view of the North Boulevard Esplanade.
The main guest bedroom features a wall of built ins, en-suite bath, and a balcony overlooking the two story family room. Jorge Munoz utilized the existing opening to create the balcony with its views of the cathedral style ceiling and arched windows.
This secondary bedroom with en-suite bath is currently used as an exercise room.
Added in 1989, the inviting two-story family room features a wood burning fireplace and is derivative of the sun parlor's original design. Note the decorative beams and cathedral style ceiling.
The front driveway sits amid a canopy of oak trees and is bordered by Azaleas. Beyond is the North Street esplanade designed by William Ward Watkins who was the original architect of the then Rice Institute.
The east patio, outside the french doors of the sun parlor, sits amid lush gardens and azaleas.
The east patio offers a view of the gardens and mature trees framing the green space.
This perspective of the home offers a view of the expansive yard, gardens, heated swimming pool and rear elevation of the home.
The picturesque grounds at the front of the home feature blooming flowers and paved pathways that adorn the walk from the driveway to the front door.
This view provides a perspective of the family room with direct entry and wheelchair access from the winding driveway.
The original porte-cochere has been relocated from the rear door and now provides a quiet spot for reflection in the northeast corner of garden.
This aerial perspective provides a view of the home, gardens, pool, garage with quarters, and rear gated entrance from the alley.
The two story garage features a two room mother-in-law suite with full bath and kitchenette. The first level provides a greenhouse, tool shed, half bath, and two car garage.
The home is nestled below canopies of oak trees, just as the developers of Historic Broadacres, Captain James Baker and family, envisioned. To this day, the Broadacres Trust maintains the esplanade and public spaces as originally designed.
The estate sized lot affords the appropriate setback for this notable Briscoe design.
The abundant entertaining space in the formal dining room features classic chair rail, crown molding, and access to a handsome study. The South facing front window offers a picturesque view of the Boulevard and it's magnificent oak trees. The rear gallery allows the natural light to illuminate the room and provides access to the west patio and rose garden.
Birdsall Briscoe moldings, recessed panel wainscoting, and circa 1850's pegged, wide-planked hardwood floors adorn the elegant living room.
The sun parlor, adjacent to the living room, opens to the east patio and is surrounded by the home's lush gardens.