|Private Interior Courtyard Entry
||Gas lanterns + Copper gutters
|Stunning interior finish out
|385 sq. ft Guest Apartment Above Garage
|200-year old reclaimed timber beams
|Downsview Kitchen with SubZero, Thermador, Miehle appliances
Taking design inspiration from the chateaus of France’s Dordogne River region, 145 Cardinal Avenue offers an enticing blend of form and function.
Located in one of the prettiest areas of Alamo Heights, at the corner of La Jara Boulevard and Cardinal Ave., the setting feels like a private park. Huge, sheltering oaks along with curving stucco walls provide coveted privacy and security.
Behind those walls, a spacious interior courtyard, lined with stunning Pennsylvania blue flagstone and inspiring landscape design, sets the stage. Attention to detail is everything here: the French blue shutters, copper gutters, and gas lanterns lend authenticity and harmony to the design. It’s not only a gorgeous entry but also a perfect setting for outdoor entertaining.
A winding path leads to impressive solid mahogany and glass entry doors. Once inside, the quality and timelessness of the materials is clearly evident. 200-year-old timber beams – reclaimed from barns in Ohio and Pennsylvania – add a handsome, organic element that contrasts perfectly with the plaster-finish walls and the warm hardwood floors.
The Downsview kitchen is classically French but equipped with superb tools to please the modern cook including a SubZero Refrigerator/Freezer, Miehle dishwasher, Thermador double-ovens, gas cooktop, and a warming drawer plus a large walk-in pantry.
Its aesthetics and functionality are top of class with a vent-a-hood custom made by plaster artisan Scott Hunsicker, rare blue/black/gray granite countertops, tumbled marble backsplash, and Grohe faucets.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the downstairs utility room that does double-duty as an extension of the kitchen. It adds an additional built-in SubZero refrigerator and two freezer drawers plus a large walk-in closet for supplies.
With a large viewing area into the family room, the kitchen combines the best of an open concept plan with enough separation so the kitchen does not have to be 100% on display when you are entertaining.
The family room is a gorgeous, functional living area. With copious natural light, framed on two sides by lovely French Doors, the anchor to the space is undoubtedly the dramatic fireplace. Based on a fireplace the owner admired in France, this Hunsicker-designed plaster creation is a true showstopper.
A downstairs study/bedroom is a quiet retreat with beautiful mill work, a Murphy bed, full bath, and walk-in closet.
Upstairs features two ensuite bedrooms including the master retreat with his and hers closets and changing areas. Enjoy a large viewing porch, which is the perfect space to sit amongst the trees, enjoying coffee or a glass of wine, observing nature (or your friends and their dogs) promenade down La Jara.
A big bonus to the property is the nicely appointed detached quarters above the garage. For occasional guests, a multi-generational situation, or a separate office space it affords myriad options.
Built in 1998 by Martin Weilbacher, this home has had only one owner.
Contact me or have your Realtor contact me to schedule showings.
Jason Glast, Realtor/Attorney
Portfolio Real Estate KW