Own a piece of Houston history with $2.2 million lofts in Brooke Smith

Located on the eastern edge of the Heights, the building was built in 1930 to hold a grocery store and then a laundromat.

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The building at 808 Coronado was once a grocery store and then a coin-operated laundry.

The building at 808 Coronado was once a grocery store and then a coin-operated laundry.

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The building at 808 Coronado Street used to be a spot to stock up on the week's groceries before it was reimagined as two lofts. What was once a local grocery store for Brooke Smith residents, as reported by the Houston Chronicle, is now home to two lofts under one roof.

There are multiple ways that this 1930 building could be utilized: as a multi-generational home, a business, an investment property or it could be combined into one house. The first unit is the smaller of the two, but still spans more than 2,600 square-feet. When one walks in the door, the eye is immediately taken to the massive staircase that climbs to the second story and serves as a statement piece of the home.

A steel staircase serves as a focal point

A steel staircase serves as a focal point

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Tucked underneath is the kitchen, with brick backsplash and a long countertop wrapped around it. One stops to wonder if you are in a home or the neighborhood bar. An oversized barn door can slide into place to separate a study from the open living room/kitchen concept.

One of the kitchens in the loft units.

One of the kitchens in the loft units.

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Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including the primary bathroom which has a unique Japanese soaking tub. A charming claw foot tub highlights the second bathroom, a reminder of the home's 93 years of history.

In the second unit, there are five bedrooms and four bathrooms with a two car garage and an open living concept. The kitchen is open to the second floor, letting light stream down from the window above. A wall of open shelving stretches behind the large kitchen island. This living space feels more intimate with its exposed beams and wood accent wall, while the in the dining room, one can access the backyard through a steel and glass pivot door.

This bright kitchen has an oversized island and custom cabinets

This bright kitchen has an oversized island and custom cabinets

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Behind the building, a black door set in the middle of a brick wall looks as if it should lead to a secret garden, and it does in a way. Behind that door is the house’s background with a heated pool. It’s a little oasis in the heart of the city.

The entrance to the backyard and pool

The entrance to the backyard and pool

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The heated pool is a feature to enjoy year round

The heated pool is a feature to enjoy year round

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