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SPRING HOME TOURS

The Heights & Garden Oaks Invite You to Visit Beautiful Houses
By Barbara Canetti • Photos courtesy of Houston Heights Association and Garden Oaks Civic Club

Springtime is home tour time, at least for two large residential neighborhoods. The Houston Heights and its neighbor to the north, Garden Oaks, are showcasing outstanding homes this month for the public to enjoy.

The Houston Heights Association’s Spring Home & Garden Tour is scheduled for noon-6 p.m. April 7 and 8, featuring homes ranging from historic to newly built. Here’s a roundup of what to see.

The Scott Home, 1036 Cortlandt St.
A Queen Anne bungalow renovated in 2016 by its present owners, this 1920s home had many uses for the past owners, including serving as a milk truck filling station in the 1950s. The home features original hand-cut glass in the front part of the house, with the original front porch fully restored.

The Hendrix Home, 1330 Heights Blvd.
One home, two addresses! This home, the oldest on the tour, was originally built in 1907 with the address of 1319 Heights Blvd. and sat next door to the Heights Funeral Home until the house was moved in 1990. This 2,156-square-foot home was saved from a tear down and moved across the street to 1330 Heights Blvd.

The Schroder/Hanks Home, 1845 Harvard St.
A Mission Revival home originally was built at 1,500 square feet in 1914, but has been expanded to over 4,000 square feet. The new owners purchased the home in 2015, looking for a walkable historic neighborhood for their growing family. Note the home’s historic doors and windows, as much of the original architectural details, were retained.

The Brown Home, 701 E. 8 ½ St.
This two-story farmhouse was built in 2017 and contains many interesting features, including 100-year-old-plus reclaimed ceiling beams, reclaimed wood floors, extensive millwork throughout and large front and side porches. Local artist Kellie Morley created the artwork displayed in the home.

The Simmons/Berra Home, 523 E. 23rd St.
On a corner in beautiful Sunset Heights, this brick-and-siding Southern home was designed around century-old oak trees. Completed in 2016, it provides owners with everything they need to raise their children and entertain.

TICKETS AND MORE INFO
Tickets for the home tour are $20 in advance and available online at www.houstonheights.org, as well as from local Heights retailers. Tickets purchased on tour days are $25 and are available at the Houston Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St. at the corner of Yale Street. Shuttle buses are available to take tour-goers to the homes and accommodations are made for those who wish to ride their bicycles from home to home. Bike racks are available at each home with a “bicycle valet” on hand to assist.

In addition, the association is sponsoring a Candlelight Dinner & Auction on Friday, April 6, from 7-11 p.m. at the SPJST Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St. The theme this year is “Boots, Bling & Bingo!” The event kicks off the home tour, giving partygoers a chance to preview the featured homes before they are open for the public. There will also be a live and silent auction, as well as a wine tasting paired with local cheeses and live music. To reserve a table, visit www.houstonheights.org 

GARDEN OAKS HOME TOUR

Just north of the Heights is Garden Oaks, a residential community of 1,400 homes built in the 1930s and 1940s. This community, which is undergoing many restorations as well as new constructions, will open six homes to the public from noon-6 p.m. on April 29. Look for these beauties.

1435 Sue Barnett Drive
This home is a 2016 new construction with special attention to details and finishes. The first floor boasts open spaces filled with natural light and a wine cellar. The exterior spaces include a bricked patio and garage apartment facade alongside the pool.  

207 W. 32nd St.
This recent build has been given the name “Casa Blanca.” The sophisticated styling of the tuxedo kitchen is achieved with dark cabinetry against light counters and touches of gold in the finishes.

224 W. 30th St.
Another new construction has contemporary clean lines and a few rustic touches. The interior perfectly brings bright finishes and the owner’s elegantly eclectic style together. The layout delivers a formal setting of living and dining spaces, and then leads to the back of the home and a more casual family room anchored by the fireplace.

874 W. 42nd St.
This Craftsman-style home has a warm, inviting feel immediately. The well-appointed interior features recent renovations with classic style. The backyard is for entertaining, with a covered patio facing the pool.

938 W. 41st St.
The unique lot and placement of the original structure on it paired perfectly with the owners’ vision as they planned to downsize. The design throughout the interior and exterior is inspired by that of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

1011 W. 42nd St.
With a nod to the charm of an original Garden Oaks residence, this updated home’s kitchen has views of the lush backyard. The second floor includes a home office with access to the upper deck space and nearby master suite.

TICKETS AND MORE INFO
Tickets can be purchased online at www.gardenoaks.org
A trolley is available to take tour-goers to see homes.

A special VIP preview party will be held April 28 at Berryhill’s Baja Grill & Cantina on Ella at W. 43rd St. Tickets are $75 per person, which include self-guided tours of all of the homes between 5:30-7 p.m. and then dinner and drinks.

A silent and live auction are arranged to raise funds for Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, with proceeds benefiting the middle school’s needs, such as classroom materials, the sixth- and seventh-graders’ community-building camp expedition and the eighth-graders’ educational adventure to Washington, D.C. 

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