5947 Highland Hills : O. Carl Happel
For Sale: $835,000
Designed and built in 1966
5 Bedroom 3 1/2 Bathroom
3,243 square feet, .354 acres
3 car carport
Designed by Architect o. Carl happel
This remarkable mid century modern home was designed and built by UT staff architect O. Carl Happel for his own family in 1966. The current owners are the second family to live there and the kitchen and bathrooms have all been tastefully updated. It has a unique 2nd level entry that is great for treetop views.The home sits next to a small creek that is teeming with life, a great place to cool off in the summer. An air conditioned garden shed/workroom not included in square footage. Great schools and room for a pool make it a perfect family home.
Being an architect designed home there are all sorts of unique and wonderful exterior details to appreciate. Most notably is how the entire house sits at the same level as the street, despite being on a steep hillside. The entry is accessed by a wide bridge, while a circle drive that accesses 3 carports swoops underneath the bridge. Carl Happel was a stickler for details so you'll notice things like gutters and dryer vents are cleverly concealed. While the home has an unobtrusive presence from the street, inside it offers ample space and extensive tree top views.
Inside the home you will find generous spaces not often found in a 1960's home. Carl Happel's familiarity with commercial spaces clearly influence the interior volumes of this residence. The corridor ceilings on the main floor are over 9 feet with bedrooms and public spaces vaulting even higher. All the doorways were 8' tall requiring custom doors be made. The home was designed specifically for his wife and 3 children. The master bedroom is amply sized and kids rooms all have corresponding bathrooms, one for his daughter and a shared one for his two sons. The updated kitchen and living room still have the original parquet flooring in beautiful shape.