Property Crush

Peek Inside a Modern Houston Home with Texas-Sized Charm

published Apr 30, 2018
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
1 / 17

If you think Texas real estate is all ranches and mansions, this Houston abode will blow away all your stereotypes about the Lone Star state. This refined, masterfully renovated home has an elegant (if unassuming) exterior, but on the inside, it’s full of huge windows, beautiful built-ins and sophisticated finishes.


  • 13 River Hollow Drive
  • Located in Houston, Texas
  • $799,000
  • 3,296 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

Things we love about this property crush:

The entry hall of this updated 1972 Houston home makes a killer first impression, punctuated by three large glass chandeliers that lead into the double-height living room, with its stunning wall of windows. Flanking the painted-brick fireplace are a pair of built-in bookcases.

Storage is plentiful throughout the home, especially in the generously-sized kitchen with its wall of tall cabinets topped with open shelving and display space, plus an island in the center of the room. In the kitchen and the entire first level is wood flooring with a distinctive black-and-white finish, which makes a strong visual impact.

A second-floor den/library overlooks the living room and benefits from the light streaming in through the wall of windows. It includes floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and ample space for seating (and lounging and napping). But perhaps the most exciting “bonus room” is the huge second-floor deck at the front of the house, which basically serves as the home’s main outdoor living space, and offers a singular view of the city.

Are you on the house hunt, or just the type of person who loves browsing real estate listings, even when you’re not in the market for a new home? Property Crush is a column where we feature actual real estate listings that get the Apartment Therapy seal of approval in regards to style (we haven’t done home inspections or anything, so don’t sue us).