Six Idylwood residences will be on our 90th Anniversary tour:
- El Encanto! at 1402 N. MacGregor Way
- From the original oversized arched window overlooking the front of the home, to the second-story balcony spanning the living room, to the pink stucco exterior, this 1934 Spanish Colonial home lives up to its name. The paved patios and pond, open covered porch, voluminous vaulted ceiling with old dark wood beams, ceramic Malibu tiles and arches enclose equally intriguing art and artifacts. All updates have lovingly maintained the historic integrity.
- Sal’s Garden at 1704 Idylwood Drive
- This one-story, three-bay house is all about the three-level terraced garden, held together by retaining walls made of Harris County’s only native stone: broken concrete. Built in 1946, the home was remodeled in 1993. Inside, along with stunning views of the garden, you will find a collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Houston artists, plus folk art focused on modes of transportation, made of pottery and aluminum cans. You are welcome to roll down the hill.
- The Squirrel House at 6641 Park Lane
- At 90 years old, this stands among the original homes in Idylwood. A 2015 renovation added modern lighting, including a hand-crafted dining room chandelier of industrial Edison light bulbs. And created a second-floor master suite. And also a small secret room that can be accessed only by a hidden entrance. Vintage plats of Idylwood and early Houston adorn the living room walls. And families of squirrels nest in the columns on the front porch. The recent update uncovered their stash of nuts behind the shiplap!
- The Tree House at 6637 Park Lane
- For 100 years the Oak Tree stood alone. Its lot remained vacant until just five years ago when the 2-story home was tucked behind it. Now branches surround the large windows of every second-floor room. The new owners/builders carefully blended old and new, with craftsman woodwork, wainscoting trim, and reclaimed hardwood floors throughout. Antique light fixtures, including the stairwell Swarovski crystal chandelier and three copper street lights hung upside down, join period replicas to illuminate spacious high-ceilinged rooms.
- The Buck-Baxter House at 6645 Fairfield Drive
- Named for its first two owners and long-time residents, this 1935 brick cottage invites you to step inside and pause. Absorb the peace. Appreciate the art; smile at the pig, the dog, and the elegantly elongated woman. Admire the brass rubbing. Ring the bell. Compare the chandeliers. Do you recognize the woman in the painting? Which room do you like best? Which do you think is the owner’s favorite? Pause. To take in the view.
- Carp Studios at 6669 Park Lane
- The creative personalities of the owners permeate the whimsical eclectic décor of this 1940 bungalow. Between the Carp fish door-knocker and the airy white kitchen, lie rugs from Turkey and Afghanistan, their grandparents’ German wall clock, and antique leather and wood chairs. And, what else, Astrodome seats and concert posters from Hatch Show Print in Nashville! An original door reworked into a pocket door opens to reveal the large bathroom mirror from an old ship.
All photographs of the interior and exterior of the homes on tour as well as the “Beautiful Idylwood” photographs are copyright © 2018 & beyond by James McCallum, all rights reserved.
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