This ‘Buffalo Bayou’ Glass House Is A Mid-Century Masterpiece

The secluded $3.1 million property features a three-story atrium overlooking woodland and Houston’s principal river.

(Sotheby’s International Realty)

Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, isn’t necessarily the first place to scout for a secluded piece of luxury real estate with a riverfront view. Nevertheless, a three-story mid-century masterpiece on a bluff overlooking Houston’s famed Buffalo Bayou is currently on sale at Sotheby’s International Realty.

Designed in 1970 by architect Jack Stehling to reside on nearly a full acre, the 5,481-square-foot abode is located in the affluent Piney Point Village, one of many independent municipalities west of downtown Houston.

The area holds the distinction of being the “wealthiest place in Texas” by per capita income, and according to Robb Report, well-heeled celebs and VIPs like Kate Upton and former Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, late astronaut Eugene Cernan, and late billionaire oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall have all called the area home.

The home’s defining feature is its massive, three-story glass atrium at the rear, which offers panoramic views of woodland and the Buffalo Bayou, the principal river of Greater Houston—additional natural sights are found on the elevated Ipe wood deck abutting the atrium and kitchen. Inside are gleaming terrazzo marble floors and a “conversation pit” surrounded by Madagascan Dalbergia Rosewood paneling and an octagon-shaped glass-and-metal skylight.

The master suite gets its own private atrium and teak floors that continue into the Zen-inspired bathroom, featuring a an amoeba-shaped bathtub and floor-mounted faucet. Other highlights include a breakfast/sitting area with an antique indoor charcoal grill, an open-tread spiral staircase that provides access from the atrium to all three floors, and an interior balcony with a full bath on the third floor.

(Sotheby’s International Realty)

The property was recently renovated from 2018 to 2020, during which great care was taken to preserve the original footprint and period architecture. Walter Bering of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty has it listed for $3.1 million currently—click here to learn more.