A lot of us live with creaky floors and too few baths, if the house has the right feel. If it hasn't got it, you have to work twice as hard to make a house feel livable and inviting. What could be better than a great, older house that has all the needed modern updates but maintains it original and welcoming qualities?
Military personnel returning after WWI had seen Europe, many for the first time. Memories of family members, who had emigrated here only a generation or two before, were still alive. This created a new appreciation for English cottages, Norman chateaus, and Mediterranean villas in America.
The construction of Rhodes College in the University Gothic style solidified the Tudor Revival's preeminence around its campus. This latter-day English cottage on West Drive was seen as part of the village surrounding the cathedral of learning. So when Hein Park was laid out, just east of the campus, it had winding lanes that followed the flow of Cypress Creek, evoking the feel of villages in the English countryside.
Built in 1932, this house is largely brick outside, with decorative stonework accenting the entry and chimney. The main windows feature diamond-patterned panes constructed to resemble medieval leaded casements. The landscaping is well established, with perhaps the largest Japanese maple in town anchoring the front yard.
Inside impresses immediately. The living room floor is lowered to add height. The walls cove up to the ceiling, creating a vaulted room that could aptly be called "old world." The kitchen has cabinets that run all the way to the ceiling, many with glass fronts. Black and stainless appliances finish out the look.
The two bedrooms downstairs include an original master with en suite bath. The entire attic has been finished out as a modern master bedroom with tons of floor space, double vanity, jet tub, shower, and more closets than you usually find in three Midtown houses. All the amenities are here, including a new rear deck and two-car garage, but what matters most is that all the updates were accomplished with no loss of comfort or character. •
787 West Drive
Approximately 2,700 sq. ft.
3 bedrooms, 3 baths; $329,000
Realtor: Sowell & Company, 278-4380
Agent: Linda Sowell