Art can appear in unusual places. In the small town of Azle, Texas, noted muralist Herbert Gabler, has created a unique home that serves as a portfolio for his custom painting business. In many cases, when you buy a home, the first thing you do is paint. Painting this home might decrease value.
Gabler, is a German artist known best for his murals, statues and faux-paintings in private luxury residences around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The home’s décor and interior design is a combination of his favorite past works from Europe and the United States.
“I really admire the Spanish mission style and wanted the house to have a cohesive antique, Spanish design to it,” said Gabler. “I used a lot of faux-painting on the home surfaces to create different textures and effects, like marble columns, weathered concrete floors and faux-exposed brick on some of the walls.”
The five-bedroom, four-and-one-half bathroom Spanish homes features Mission-style oak doors, crafted by local mill workers. The entry hall opens to a rotunda and skylight, with a mural hand-painted by Gabler, and a 10-foot water fountain replica of the Toltec god from the pyramids of Tula, Mexico, also designed by the seller.
Each room of the residence features unique artistic enhancements, from a hand-carved family crest above the fireplace, to the Latin prayer inscribed on the breakfast nook wall. The home also has a walk-out master suite with tray ceilings, a fireplace and sitting area.
The expansive courtyard includes a water fountain, outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining area and a rooftop observation deck allows sweeping views over the eight-acres of property.
The home runs off of a water well, aerobic sewer system, hot water solar panels and a heat reflective roof coating. The exterior walls are made of Hebel blocks, which are known for their energy efficient, lightweight, fire-resistant qualities. This home is listed for under $1 million.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA_QOOGy1Jo]
Deidre Woollard served as the lead editor on Luxist.com for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods. Her love for luxury real estate led her to work at realtor.com and two of the top real estate brokerages in Los Angeles as well as doing publicity for properties around the world.