Located on three acres on the western edge of Marfa overlooking the historic Brite Ranch this two-story adobe home with a guest house was built in 1920 and served as a boarding house known as The Quick House. Situated on one of the highest hills in Marfa the home provides unobstructed views of Mount Livermore and the Davis Mountains to the north while the Chihuahuan desert grasslands feature prominently in the foreground.
3 acres in Presidio County, Marfa, Texas
Main House Description
Main House Overall
Constructed in 1920, the home was owned and remodeled by Texas designer Bob Zetnick in 2003, upgraded in 2006 by writer and actress Jo Harvey Allen, and updated again in 2010 into a grand home with the current owner implementing the finishing touches on this Marfa heritage homestead. The ten-room two-story adobe home is currently configured with two living areas, formal dining area, seven bedrooms and three full baths plus a separate one bedroom, one bath guest house, barn and extensive garden and grounds, all on three acres. Any one of the home’s sizable bedrooms can easily be re-configured as a yoga room, home office or art studio. This exquisite home is a perfect balance of historic charm with its bead board ceilings, hardwood floors, and covered porches fused with the must-have modern amenities of a gourmet kitchen, luxurious baths as well as zoned heating and cooling and wireless internet.
A rose bordered walkway leads up to the large covered front porch. The main entrance of the home opens onto a foyer leading to two living areas: the north facing den or music room with built in cabinetry and shelving and the south facing living room, with abundant natural lighting, which flows into the dining room. The dining room with original built in china hutch is well-suited for intimate dining or entertaining a sizeable group. Large windows look out to the landscaped yard and outdoor dining space and firepit. Proximity to the kitchen allows for ease of service. Two first floor bedrooms and a full bath with wall mounted trough style double sink and ceramic tub are located down a hallway leading off the den. Easy to convert one of these rooms into your home office or yoga room.
The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream:
- Stainless-steel Wolf 36” 6-burner gas range stove with 20” stainless steel backsplash and vent-a-hood duct cover
- Stainless steel glass door Sub-Zero refrigerator with ice maker
- 24” stainless steel dishwasher
- Custom cut Carrera marble countertop with 2-bowl white porcelain farmhouse sink
- “Ranch Style” open floating shelves
- Custom hand painted concrete tiled floors throughout the pantry and laundry room.
Spacious walk-in pantry provides plentiful kitchen appliance and dry good storage. The utility room with front load washer and dryer is in a separate room adjacent to the kitchen and is conveniently located next to the back staircase that leads to the second floor.
Second Floor Master Suite
The second floor is accessed from either the front staircase located in the foyer or the back staircase in the laundry utility room off the kitchen. Five bedrooms are located upstairs with the master bedroom and bath at the east end of the grand second floor hallway. The master bedroom is amply sized and adjoins a luxurious modern master bath with custom concrete double vanity and hand painted concrete tiled floors. A free-standing soaking tub complements the over-sized white subway tiled glass enclosed double shower with rainfall shower heads. A large, covered porch is accessed off the master end of the house that is a space unto itself. Perfect for use as a sleeping porch or to partake refreshments while enjoying the sweeping grassland views.
Second Floor Guest Rooms and Bath
The second floor features a two-room suite in addition to two additional bedrooms and a full modern bath. French doors provide one point of access to the two-room suite in addition to a secondary access further down the hallway. The suite has a connecting inner door for privacy. The two guest bedrooms on the south facing side of the home are spacious and comfortably configured with built-in storage and a writing desk. All bedrooms have painted hardwood floors and amazing views. The full bath has been totally modernized with wall mounted trough style double sink, white subway tile which complements the hand painted concrete tiled floors and a glass enclosed shower with black matte finish fixtures.
There is a private circle gravel drive through the grounds that separates the main house from the one bedroom one bath adobe guest house with kitchen, living area and designer bathroom. The kitchen features a Fisher & Paykel induction cooktop and a Smeg 24” retro style refrigerator. A claw foot tub shower and trough style double sink complement the ambiance of the adobe brick walls. A privacy fence surrounds a covered sitting area and outdoor patio. A shed roof off the west side of the house provides for covered outdoor storage for garden and grounds keeping tools as well as bikes to use to tour Marfa.
The Grounds: Outdoor Dining and Entertainment Area – Sitting Area
The outdoor private dining and entertainment area runs the length of the home and is located on the south facing side and features custom designed night lighting and pea gravel. Easy access is provided by either a back door that opens from the living area or the side door that enters the utility room and kitchen. The perfect outdoor sitting area with a fire pit is a short walk from the house on a hill that rises towards the back of the property. Native plantings provide privacy.
At the rear of the acreage there is a 1,000sf+/- partially refinished outbuilding which if built out would make an ideal workshop or studio. Great potential.