NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOURS
Woodland Heights Opens its Doors to Begin the Season’s Promenade
By Barbara Canetti
Photography by Mark Scheyer
It’s the beginning of home tour season! Starting with one of Houston’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, Woodland Heights opens the doors to the public to eight unique and interesting houses for the 2018 Woodland Heights Home Tour set noon-6 p.m. March 24 and 25.
When platted in 1907 by William A. Wilson, the neighborhood was a 20-minute streetcar ride north of downtown via Houston Avenue. Many of the original homes — reflecting architectural styles such as the late Queen Anne, Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Colonial and Greek Revival — have been lovingly restored.
On display for this year’s tour are five “Fresh Traditions,” original houses that range in size and style and have been updated over the past century; as well as three “Teardown Turnarounds,” structures rescued from demolition and reinvigorated.
205 Bayland Ave.
Built by Woodland Heights founder Wilson for his own family, this 6,363-square-foot prairie-style home has been become a neighborhood showplace. The most recent update, completed in 2017, refreshed the interior with a modern aesthetic.
3302 Beauchamp St.
One of the early Wilson homes once housed rental units in the attic. Current owners have undertaken two renovations, with the latest expanding the kitchen and creating a new master suite.
1132 E. 7th St.
This 1935 brick bungalow packs a lot into 1,200 square feet, plus attic conversion, to function well for a family of five. The house is decorated with white shiplap walls and stained ceilings, original doors converted to sliders, bold wallpaper and eclectic antiques.
500 Teetshorn St.
Rather than building up, this home’s restorer raised the original single-story house and built a first floor beneath. The resulting home is true to its historic roots and features many period-perfect touches on both floors, along with an open kitchen-family room space, high ceilings and transoms.
711 Woodland St.
This home features a thoughtful second-story addition accessed by an open, airy stairwell with a beautiful window on the landing. Custom touches include a screened-in porch off the second-floor back, stained glass windows in the master bath and concrete floors.
3005 Houston St.
Another original Wilson home, this large two-story had been carved up into multiple rental spaces. Drawing upon their renovation expertise, the owners saved what they could and sourced period materials for windows, doors, floors, fixtures and stairwell.
601 Woodland St.
Originally 1,200 square feet, this home had been much neglected before new owners saw its potential and restored the home by adding a two-story space to the back and creating an inviting landscape for outdoor living.
714 Woodland St.
The owners loved the home’s history and wide front porch and worked to bring it back to life. Among other projects was moving the exterior stairwell inside.
A preview party is set March 23. The homes can be toured without waiting in line from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with wine and cheese served at each stop.
The preview tour is followed by a neighborhood party at 530 Byrne St. Tickets are $100 online through March 22 or $125 at the door (space permitting).
Home tour preview tickets are good all weekend.
Advance tickets for the Woodland Heights Home Tour are $25 through March 22 and can be ordered at www.whcahometour.org or purchased at area merchants, including August Antiques, bespoke by GJCD, Buchanan's Native Plants, C&D Hardware and Gifts, Dacapo's Pastry Café, Davis Hardware, Eclectic Home, Jubilee and Kaboom Books. On tour days, purchase tickets at Travis Elementary School, 3311 Beauchamp St.
Tickets for individual homes are $10 each. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Woodland Heights
Civic Association’s activities.
Be sure to mark your calendars for more opportunities to tour beautiful homes in the Houston area. The 2018 Houston Heights Association’s Spring Home & Garden Tour is scheduled for the weekend of April 7 and 8. Five historic and newly constructed houses are on tour.
Advance tickets are $20 and are available online at www.houstonheights.org, as well as from select Houston Heights retailers. Tickets purchased on the days of the tour are $25 at the Houston Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St., and all the pre-sale ticket locations. Tickets are not available at the individual homes. Shuttle buses begin at the fire station to take tour-goers to the homes.
The Garden Oak Home and Garden Tour is slated for noon-6 p.m. April 29. More information is available soon at www.gardenoaks.org.