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SOLD! 1940s Bungalow In Oak Forest (Houston, TX)
Clean lines and a very human scale are the hallmarks of this 1940s bungalow in the historic Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston.

I know "BIGGER is better" in today's world but I lived in this 1100 s.f. two bedroom one-and-a-half bath house for nearly five years and loved every minute of it. (My previous two houses were 2500+ s.f. projects from the 1920s in Montrose and the Heights.)

Great location. Close to schools and shopping. Large fenced lot with big detached two-car garage + (my version) of a "dacha" in the back yard.

$10,000 in new driveways and sidewalks--including a big turn-in / circular drive in the front. (off-street parking for 5+ cars)

Great starter home for young professional or small family. Lots of schools and parks close by. Deed restricted neighborhood with very active association keeps the area looking great.

Oak Forest is being called "the new Bellaire" due to the large lots & new houses going up all over the area. But there are plenty of well-kept and thoughtfully restored original houses in the area as well.

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THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN SOLD!

Saxon @ Rosslyn
Houston, TX 77018
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 Unit 1
 vacant:  No  rent:  $1895
 bedrooms:  2  bathrooms:  1
 sqare feet:  1100
If you ever find yourself thinking, "I really wish there was more beige in the world.", then this house is probably not for you.

My aim when I started this project was to update the house without "Home-Depot-ing" the original charm out of it. So, I tracked down the original 1940s step casing and used that everywhere I moved or added a window or door. I found door hardware that was an updated version of the original 1940s hardware. I chose colors reminiscent of the late 40s and early 50s. I designed a custom crown moulding that has a nice Mid-Century feel to it (vs. the standard neo-classical / traditional crown moulding that you see in 99% of houses). I used things like subway tile, concrete floor, concrete counters, and mosaic tiles--that were all commonly available and used in the 40s and 50s--and have had a renaissance in the past decade.

In short, I tried to create a modern version of the original house--but with updated infrastructure and mechanicals... with a very simple, clean, vintage feel. No goofy bamboo flooring. No goofy ceiling fans with ridiculous looking light kits. No beige. No carpet. No formica. Just the basics: Hardwoods. Concrete. Steel. Glass. White tile with black accents. A classic look that will never date itself or go out of fashion.

- Hardwoods & concrete floors.
- Viking 36" gas range
- Bosch stainless dishwasher
- GE stainless built-in stainless microwave
- Whirlpool "integrated" panel ready counter-depth fridge with custom cabinet doors
- Large lot with separate 2-car garage + new screened-in patio.

Nice new laundry room + 1/2 bath just added.

*** THIS HOUSE IS UNDER CONTRACT FOR SALE AT THIS TIME. (FEBRUARY 2014). SHOULD THAT DEAL FALL THROUGH, I WILL RE-LIST AND MAY CONSIDER RE-LEASING AT THAT TIME.
 
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