Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Charles Faudree's Home of the Week

This week's home of the week is -- yes -- Charles Faudree's home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'm used to seeing his homes in magazines like Veranda or Traditional Home, but to see it in the Tulsa mls was a fun surprise.

My husband and I lived in Tulsa from 1985 till 1989. Though we're both originally from Texas, we loved Tulsa. We had a great church and wonderful friends. We loved our jobs and probably would never have left if not for job transfers that brought us back to Texas.

Our first house was a little post-war, brick and frame house in the center of town, but had we stayed longer, we definitely would've bought something in an even older area like Swan Lake or Brookside.

Tulsa is known for its architecture, predominantly its art deco architecture downtown. The city also has some fabulous craftsman bungalows, tudors and Italianate homes, among others. I loved looking at homes there and still take a look at the Tulsa mls from time to time.

Even though I know Charles Faudree doesn't stay in one place long, I was surprised to see his home up for sale in the recent mls listings. Unfortunately, the only photo in the listing was the front facade. Apparently, you can see more of it in an upcoming issue of Verandah magazine. I'll be looking out for that one, for sure.

The listing says the home was designed by Steve Busch and is a one-owner home. I recall reading that Faudree had built a home, but the self-professed Francophile is also known for taking old, existing homes and putting his own French country flair, as only he can, into them. Though this home was built in 2002, it is in a lovely, older part of town near Utica Square. More common since we left Tulsa, many homeowners in the Utica Square neighborhood raize existing homes to make way for newer construction.

I imagine Faudree having frequent and fun dinner parties, so it makes sense that the 4,150 square foot home would be located at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The real estate listing mentions the paneled library, first floor master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, and stone entry floor. Maybe that Veranda issue is coming out very soon, because the listing gives no other description, except to add that the home is for sale for $950,000.

As I continued perusing the mls listings, I gave thought to the type of house Faudree would be moving to this time. I think he'd be ready to give up new construction for something old and charming. Of course, he'll redo the kitchen and maybe add some beamed, cathedral ceilings, but the house itself will be one of Tulsa's finest examples of early 20th century construction.

Take a trip with me to see what kind of house Faudree will purchase next...

First up is this fabulous loft. Built in 1908 and newly renovated, the contemporary space features top quality finishes, professional grade appliances, incredible rooftop views of downtown, gorgeous master bath with walk-in closet, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors. It is listed at $850,000.

While I don't see Faudree incorporating sleek contemporary style in with his country French furniture, it would be fun to see what he could do with this loft.

On another note, blogger friend, Julia, of Hooked on Houses, has just awarded Canyon Wren Cottage with her new Hooked on Your Blog award.

If I could award it back to her, I would. I am definitely hooked on her blog, especially her thorough and fun wrap-up posts on "Design Star" and "Top Design."

There really are no rules to passing the award on, and though it's hard to pick just five (have you seen my blog roll over there ------->?), I am extending the honor to:
Lavender Hill Studio
Country French Antiques
Cakes and Cupboards
Blue Mango

Check back in tomorrow for a look at another home that just might be Charles Faudree's new address.


Hooked on Houses said...

I hate when they don't show interior photos on a house listing! It's such a tease. Makes me want to ring up the real estate agent and complain (but I haven't--yet). I hope they do show the house in the mag so we can see it.

I always thought it would be fun to live in a loft. Maybe not with kids, but if it was just me and my husband, and we were in our 20s again.

I've got to check out the blogs you passed the award onto. I'm not familiar with all of them and love to find new ones! -Julia :-)

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

Well, this post is very NEAR and dear to my heart!! That house is gorgeous - have any idea what the address is? I would love to get a glimpse of that beauty!

angela | the painted house said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the kind comment! :)

It is a dream of mine to someday live in a structure that originally wasn't intended as a residence--a church, old library, a storefront. Maybe when the kids are older or a retirement house. My family never moved during my childhood--I didn't move from home until college. Now I like the idea of moving and setting up house and reinventing my stuff in a new setting.

I've enjoyed reading your blog this morning--you deserve Julia's award!

I'm a native Texan, btw. Suppose to be there this week except that ol' Ike thwarted our plans. :(

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

Wow, what a beauty! I didn't know Tulsa had such historic areas. I'll have to check it out next time we visit the area.
I hate to see homes razed to build mega mansions. To me, old homes have a charm that can't be duplicated. Who really NEEDS all that square footage?

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Okay, seriously. All that exposed brick makes my heart skip a beat.

Country French Antiques said...

I'm flattered and MERCI!!!!
I've been without electricity for 1 day and no internet for 2 days!
Needless to say, I'm way behind in getting around.
Thank you so very much. I'm glad you enjoy my blog!
Have a beautiful evening!!

Lisa said...

I giggled at Julia's comment. It IS such a tease to only get to see the outside of the house.

Thanks for the award Sandra. I am flattered. (Mostly flattered that you are my friend...what a gift that has been!)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I LOVE that loft...always wanted a loft!!!

Congrats on your well deserved award!! I would have sent one back to you, but figured I'd pass it on!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love Charles Faudree's decorating style. I wish I could have seen inside this house. I will have to go get the magazine now :-).

Congrats on the Award! I love coming to visit your blog. And thank you so much for passing it on to me...

dec0r8or said...

Hey, thanks for the award, Sandra! You are too kind. Now I have to pick five from all of MY fav's and I can't pick the ones you already picked! Tricky, tricky!!

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