Hot Real Estate, Cool Houston Tour

by Julie Tereshchuk on May 17, 2021 in Lifestyle, Home, Houston,

What’s the secret to seeing a ton of fabulous Houston real estate on one day? Simple — just take the Modern Architecture + Design Society’s 2021 Modern Home Tour.

The 2021 Houston Modern Home Tour returns as a live virtual experience Saturday, May 22.


$40 per device. (Yes, that means you and your besties can all watch for the price of just one ticket. We told you it was cool!)

Buy tickets here.

Live Virtual? Huh?

There’s a scanned 3D model of each home as the centerpiece, while the MA+DS hosts and a mix of architects, builders, designers and owners ‘walk through’ each home discussing the project and how it came to life. Tourgoers watch live and can also comment or ask questions using the live chat. Plus, all the segments and models are available to explore after the live event. (Having taken February’s Austin Modern Home Tour, I can vouch for the fact it works!)

Bottom line: No need to mess with traffic; no need to even be in Houston for this home tour.

How Many Homes

Confirmed participants include: Paula Fyhr Designs, Gary R. Chandler Architecture & Interiors, Intexure + Boxprefab, Eklektik Interiors, refuGe Design Studio and Origin Architects. (Tip: The Origin Architects home is for sale.)

Highlight Homes

Origin Architects

Photo courtesy Keven Alvarad

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5½ 

Approximate square footage: 8,546

Year built: 2016

Neighborhood: Huffman

You’ll find this Contemporary Modern Hill Country-inspired mini estate concealed by 20 acres of densely wooded property. 

With full house automation, the 1.5-story layout has all four bedrooms on the main level, while two separate stairways lead to the game room and media room which are located on opposite sides of the great room. 

With views out across the property, the covered lanai, complete with outdoor kitchen and fireplace, serves as a fully-protected extension of the great room. It leads directly to the poolside oasis, plus you’ll even find a sand volleyball pit.

Photo courtesy Keven Alvarad

Eklektik Interiors

Photo courtesy Alan Blakely Photography

Bedrooms: 4 + 1 in casita

Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half; 1 full in casita

Approximate square footage: 8,115

Year built: 2020

Neighborhood: Willowcreek Ranch

Architect: BlackBox Design Studio

A modern ranch home sitting on five acres, the 8’x12’ walnut pivot front door opens to a spacious entry with a view into the great room and through the back wall of windows to the pool and outdoor living areas. A custom-designed iron rod wall along the entryway allows a glimpse of the bar and lounge area.

Topped off with a custom ‘hot red’ sofa, the bar/lounge is the perfect place to entertain. Amazing lighting adds to the ambiance with a cool LED pendant light hanging in the corner and double lit under counter liquor drawers.

The home also includes: a study, game room, mud room, catering kitchen and butler’s pantry, pool bath house, powder room, laundry room, four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, his and hers closets with vanity areas, a party barn, two three-car garages, and a private casita with a kitchen, bedroom and bath.

Photo courtesy Alan Blakely Photography

Gary R. Chandler Architecture & Interiors |  Paula Fyhr Designs

Photo courtesy James Leasure, MA+DS

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 2½ 

Approximate square footage: 3,000

Year built: 1990; Renovation: 2019

Neighborhood: River Oaks

Located in a small backyard, this cabana, pool, terrace and landscaping were designed to be one seamless composition. 

Building on the seamless design, glass panels on the south and west elevations back into marble pockets, allowing guests to experience the entire backyard with uninterrupted ease. 

Modern interiors and a white palette were selected to visually expand the space while enhancing the natural light. The landscaping is minimalist and structural to complement the architecture. This elegant cabana and guest suite was an 2019 ASID winner, Best Outdoor Living.

Photo courtesy Miro Dvoracak

The 2021 Houston Modern Home Tour: Saturday, May 22.

Cover photo courtesy Alan Blakely Photography/Eklektik Interiors

Julie Tereshchuk is the editor-in-chief of Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a keen home tourer.