712 E. 9th | $1.595 M

4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | 4,162 s.f. living space | 6,250 s.f. lot size | Pool Option

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Ken Tate-inspired Creole Cottage by Smith Family Homes and Brickmoon Design with a master down and spacious courtyard, characterized by gorgeous finishes inside and out: coffered ceilings, rafter tails, site-crafted trimwork. Architectural details like transoms and Tuscan columns along the front porch also convey this distinctive look that will blend elegantly with the surrounding neighborhood. The perfect amount of space and a wonderfully open floor plan, all on a full-sized lot. 

712 E 9th mixes transitional architecture with contemporary style. The unique 1 1/2 story design stays true to the classic cottage look while also harmonizing the home through a central focus on shared family spaces. The exterior elevation fits in beautifully with the historic homes of the area, while inside boasts elegant, understated trimwork and strategically simple finishes - custom selected in-house by our Smith Family Homes design team. Located in the highly coveted Harvard Elementary school zone, this ~4200 square foot home in the Houston Heights delivers all the luxury and comfort of a Smith Family Homes design. 

The open concept first floor centers around the private courtyard, with the master down, kitchen, and family room all boasting views of this versatile outdoor space. Possibilities abound for the courtyard with an optional outdoor kitchen as well as a choice of stone hardscaping or lush greenspace. The kitchen, with Wolf Performance appliances and a generous island with built-in sink, brings the outside in with two separate doors to the covered veranda which connects to the courtyard. The master down's breathtaking vaulted ceiling is complemented perfectly by a spacious closet layout with custom jewelry drawers and cabinetry designed by Allie Wood, our partnering interior designer. Other highlights of the first floor are the family room's wood burning fireplace, the unforgettable architectural beams, and a private study which escapes the otherwise open layout, creating a truly quiet space. 

A second floor game room serves as a common area to three large secondary bedrooms - each with an en suite bathroom - making this home ideal for family and guests alike. A bonus second floor closet with over 50 square feet of storage space further adds to the home's practicality. Another practical, yet luxurious feature is the home's attached two car garage, which sits around back, not only preserving the integrity of the Creole Cottage, but allowing for simple and easy alley access.


12" baseboards

Solid mahogany doors

Extensive built-ins in closets, pantry, and storage

Pre-wired for Smart-Home features, A/V media, and HD Cameras

Recessed 6” LED lighting dimmable to 5% in all rooms

Level 5 drywall finish and low-VOC Benjamin Moore Aura paint

Double minwax polyurethane coating on hardwood floors

Designer-selected tile, marble and quartz finishes

Jeld-wen double-paned Low-E windows with wood frames in all rooms

17 SEER zoned Lennox A/C with color display digital Wi-Fi thermostats

Comprehensive spray-foam insulation (R-16 Walls, R-38 Ceiling)

Rinnai tankless on-demand water heaters

1-2-10 year ACES Warranty


Full-size lot

Covered veranda with outdoor kitchen option

Spacious porch and balcony

Attached 2-car garage


Wolf Performance appliance package

48" Sub Zero refrigerator

Large kitchen island with sink


11' ceilings throughout first floor

Substantial great room with wood burning fireplace

Master suite down


9' and 10' second floor ceilings

~394 sq ft Game room

~50 sq ft closet for extra storage


~219 sq ft closet with extensive built-in storage and shelving including island

His and her vanities

Private vestibule entering into master suite