Cheyne Walk Townhouse Project


When developers Rohe and Wright acquired an acreage site on Houston’s prestigious Sunset Boulevard, they wanted to build a development in keeping with the stately neighborhood surroundings. They turned to Preston Wood and Associates to design the 14 unit townhouse complex to be built on the site. Preston Wood and the team at Rohe and Wright traveled to London in search of inspiration, cameras and notebooks in tow.

Many of the distinguished townhomes of urban London feature limestone and stucco façades with classical detailing, and Preston Wood chose this motif for the townhouse project. During his visit, Preston reacquainted himself with the concept of the piano nobile. Historically a piano nobile was located on the second floor of residences in old world cities, away from the street noise and smells of classical urban life.  The main common living areas would be located on this second story, while storage and lower functions would be assigned to the ground floor. The European residential tradition of a piano nobile proved to be a surprisingly appropriate feature to incorporate into a modern townhouse project in Houston, TX. While the Southampton neighborhood of Houston is known more for its old-growth trees than loud and smelly streets, townhomes with ground floor garages make the inclusion of a piano nobile an ideal design.

Townhouse plans at Cheyne Walk vary from 3100 to 3800 square feet contained within four stories and serviced by an elevator. Each plan boasts a terrace overlooking the courtyard “pocket park”, a two car garage and additional assigned parking space. Old world design features such as high coffered ceilings and statement staircases are employed throughout the townhouse plans.

Typically developers offer special pre-construction prices for homes in their developments. The townhouse plans at Cheyne Walk proved so popular that 11 of 14 units were sold before the slab was poured. Rohe and Wright had to postpone selling the three remaining units to concentrate on the construction of the sold units. Rohe and Wright subsequently used the Cheyne Walk model of a themed, luxury townhouse community with much success in other urban infill sites throughout Houston.

Cheyne Walk designs can be viewed below –

Bedord plan

Berkeley Plan

Cadogan Plan

Eaton Plan

Grovesenor Plan

Read more about the Cheyne Walk project here.

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