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Only one block from Ocean Dr., hummingbirds hum, and 10 sky-high palm trees bow down to the historic home with bright blue door behind it. If homes could talk, this one would tell a story of World War II, where the home was built for war efforts, not necessarily as a residence.
As rumor has it, the gentleman that lived across the street was good friends with the builder of the home, and he also happened to be the head contractor for the naval bases. He had leftover concrete from that project and used it on the construction of this home! To pay homage to this story, the owner resurfaced the fireplace in the formal living room with concrete.
He bought the home in 2000, and it was an overgrown piece of property with a home he saw huge potential in. A collector of the arts and a keen eye for bringing a mix of styles, eras, and mediums into the home, he made his vision a reality. A huge supporter of the local art scene especially, the owner owns pieces by David Bates, Betty Mobley and Deborah Males, to name a few. But his collection far exceeds Corpus Christi artists. His dining room table, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1958, was designed for Knoll, the award-winning designer furniture company established in 1938. At the 50th anniversary of the design of this particular table, they brought back the rosewood version (which had been discontinued due to the wood becoming endangered), and this table now sits beneath an antique crystal chandelier.
Renovation began shortly after the owner bought the home, beginning with cleaning the yard and then moving on inside, where eventually an add on was created off the master to include a walk-in closet and incredible master bathroom. The owner did, however, want to keep some of the original character of the home. The tiles throughout the entryway and main living/library room are original to the home. They are the same tiles present in the Catholic Cathedral Church downtown, only slightly different colors. They’re hand painted and fire finished, and come from Latin America.
A true eclectic home synergizing the new, the old and some family heirlooms, it’s really a contemporary mid-century à la mode type feel. Antiquity meets modern archive – the home has many more years to give.