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Hip 1970s house by Jack Stehling lists for $3.5m in Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas, as this midcentury modern home by Jack Stehling attests – it has a three-storey glass atrium and a conversation pit that seats eight.

The 5,481 sq ft Piney Point Village property dates from 1970 and was commissioned by Dr Jerome Rosenbloom on a bluff above Buffalo Bayou in Harris County.

Given its prime position, the Houston architect designed the five-level house to capture the natural views, with glass walls and a towering three-storey atrium at the rear offering panoramic views.

The living room features a conversation pit and huge roof light
Photography: TK Images for Sotheby’s International Realty

Located at 11100 Wickdale Drive, the five-bedroom home is currently listed for $3.1m via Walter Bering of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. The owners renovated the Texas property between 2018 and 2020, and it features a series of split-level open spaces across the main level, including the large living room at the centre, with a conversation pit set beneath a giant roof light. The level is enclosed by Madagascan dalbergia rosewood panelling, further heightening the mcm vibe.

Down a few steps is the dining room – set at canopy level to offer leafy views beyond its sliding glass doors and deck – with built-in cabinetry and cool terrazzo floors. The updated kitchen is separate and features glossy white cabinets, contrasting wood and marble finishes, and Blumotion soft-close drawers. This room has access to another large outdoor terrace.

The glass-enclosed atrium is at the rear of the building and is anchored by a colossal brick fireplace, which ascends three storeys to the height of the building – part of a stacked tier of mezzanines. A second seating area, with views of the surrounding trees, is located at the base.

A colossal fireplace ascents three storeys of the property
Photography: TK Images for Sotheby’s International Realty
A view of the three-storey atrium
Photography: TK Images for Sotheby’s International Realty
Rear view of the property
Photography: TK Images for Sotheby’s International Realty

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