Even in a city with a growing penchant for preservation, 400 Cordell is a wholly exceptional and well imagined renovation and expansion of a City of Houston Protected Landmark in the historic Brooke Smith neighborhood. This home epitomizes how one can not only preserve a historic home but truly re-interpret it for the 21st century—with uncompromising style and modern function.
As Houston is rediscovering its history, this century-old home adapts and reclaims its own storied history while living like brand new construction. Houstonia Magazine captures this perfectly, “A thoughtful renovation combined modern updates—like farmhouse sinks, soaking tubs, and a massive closet—with original salvaged elements, like the stunning antique staircase and restored wood finishes.
The original house on this lot was built in 1917 as an 1190 sq. ft. neo-classical bungalow.
In 2013 it was designated a Protected Landmark by Houston architect and preservationist Bart Truxillo. The previous owners acquired the house from Mr. Truxillo and spent 2 1/2 years meticulously restoring the exterior and restoring/renovating the interior (to the studs) and adding a large two story addition to the back side of the house, which finished out at 2900 sq. ft. of living space, plus a two car attached garage.
The final product is a custom house replete with amazing architectural design and variations that combine both elegance and an urban cutting edge look. An example of the many uniquely blended interior features is the repurposed staircase taken out of an old mission church, located within a few feet of an ultra- modern European kitchen. Throughout the interior, this mixture of urban modern laced with gorgeous traditional features evokes a quality rarely seen in this price level.
As you view the video and pictures of this house you’ll see that this property is impressive, but as quality as the media may be, it cannot capture the stunning finish of this house, with its exceptional look, feel and flow, that can only be realized when seen. This house is a tour de force; truly one-of-a-kind. If you are a serious buyer at this price level do not hesitate and miss this house.
A City of Houston Protected Landmark, 400 Cordell is the epitome of understated elegance and sophistication, combining old world charm with modern, everyday luxuries. The historic Whitaker-Brown-Graliano home offers open concept living while preserving original architectural elements throughout the home. An unforgettable kitchen featuring Samsung smart appliances, Verona commercial dual fuel range, apron sink, and quartzite counters.
One of the finest renovations in historic Brooke Smith to date, 400 Cordell embodies the delicate balance of past and present in luxury urban living. The staircase with reclaimed railing takes you to an equally stunning second floor with an exceptional primary suite. Standout features of the primary bath include floating dual sinks, soaking tub under a skylight, flex space, and an enviable closet. Sitting on a tree-studded corner lots, this home is truly one-of-a-kind.
5,000 / Appr Dist
Geo Market Area
2,945 / Appr Dist
27 - Houston
HOGG Middle School (Houston)
Browning Elementary School
Heights High School