April 6 @ 12:00 pm - April 7 @ 6:00 pm
One event on February 21, 2019 at 12:00pm
Houston Heights Association 2019 Spring Home & Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction
Discover Houston Heights’ at the annual Houston Heights Association Spring Home & Garden Tour.
Kicking off with the Candlelight Dinner & Auction on April 5th, the weekend-long home and garden tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th. This year’s tour is chaired once again by Joann Alanis, while the Candlelight Dinner is chaired by Lynn Ellis and the Auction is Chaired by Linda Eyles (Live), Janet Buchheit (Silent), and a merry committee of dedicated volunteers.
$20 each through 5pm on Friday, April 5: Visit our store to purchase!
Five beautiful homes and gardens including bus shuttle to all the homes
TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED TO YOU
TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT HOMES
NO SINGLE HOME TICKETS WILL BE SOLD
PICK YOUR TICKET UP AT THE HEIGHTS FIRE STATION,
107 W. 12TH STREET (@ YALE)
DURING THE HOURS OF THE TOUR
APRIL 7 AND 8, NOON TO 6 P.M.
Featuring five residences ranging from historic to newly built, the homes will be open to tour-goers from noon to 6 p.m. on both days of the event.
The Seeburger Home, 734 Arlington St.
The Seeburgers purchased this historic 1915 bungalow in the Summer of 2014 for their growing family. The house, neglected and vacant for years, was sitting in the dirt with a steel cage around the front porch and no running water, electricity or A/C. But it had great potential and the location was unbeatable! After a lengthy design and build process, they moved in Spring of 2017. The home features original hardwood floors, windows, doors, shiplap, light fixtures and a sink. Items added include reclaimed wood floors from an old farm house, multiple old phone nooks and wall cabinets, reclaimed doors and hardware throughout, a salvaged leaded glass window and 100-year-old doors that dictated part of the floorplan. As ten-year residents of the Heights, the owners love the neighborhood’s walkability, local businesses, bike trails, schools and family-friendly community. They look forward to raising their three children in the small town by a big city!
The John Home, 1539 Rutland St.
In the fall of 2014, Kelli and Scott John decided the time had come to move from the suburbs in Tomball into the city. With two kids grown and practically through college, the lure of a shorter work commute and the charm of older neighborhoods beckoned. The search was all but over when they saw this enhanced Victorian. The house was on the verge of tear down in 2013 when HDT Builders decided the house and oversized lot would make a viable rebuild project. Drawing inspiration from the gardens they experienced 12 years ago while living in Surrey, England, the Johns were looking for variety without too much regimentation. The front garden features flagstone steps between the entry sidewalk and a car park where a smattering of plants and flowers create an inviting look. To the side of the house, the Johns fashioned a small lawn and courtyard where they spend many mornings and evenings over a meal.
The Netherland Home, 1238 Waverly St.
The Netherlands purchased their 1920 bungalow in December of 2010. The home had already undergone a modest renovation expanding two of the three bedrooms. Although the home was a bit small, they saw the bungalow’s potential and knew it would be their forever home. In 2013, the Netherlands embarked upon their first renovation adding a family room, kitchen, and master bathroom to the back of home. Three years later in 2016, inspired by their many trips to Seaside, Florida, they decided to renovate one more time. Charmed by the cheery, light and bright houses of Seaside, they decided to complete the items left on their wish list while adding the elements they love of these coastal homes: shiplap; light, wide-plank oak floors; metal roofs; white-picket fences, and a light color palette. During this renovation, the Netherlands expanded the dining room, raised the ceilings in every room possible, added a wine loft, and an upstairs multi-purpose room. To cultivate their love of growing fresh herbs and vegetables, they created a garden outside the kitchen window, with a covered dining area. Decorated by stained glass created by the homeowner’s father, and a bubbling water fountain, the garden is a peaceful respite for quiet nights and entertaining alike. Lastly, to create an outdoor playscape for their special needs daughter, they installed a swimming pool, playset, and an in-ground trampoline to provide hours of enjoyment. The Netherlands remain intrigued by The Heights: the history, the energy, the trails, and mostly, the wonderful people!
The Wolfshohl Home, 1427 Waverly St.
The Wolfshohl Home, 1427 Waverly. The Wolfshohls’ modern house begins with a large southern side yard dedicated primarily to swimming, brisket, and their dog Harley. The ground floor is clad in metal panel and a wood rainscreen that peels away to become the front yard fence, blending the distinction between the yard’s privacy enclosure and the building skin. The second floor volume containing the bedrooms floats above, while Fiber-cement siding of varied widths nods back to the Height’s vernacular. Standing in contrast to the large side yard, a quiet courtyard is carved into the first floor, pulling the dining room outside on nice Houston days. Yes, they believe they exist.
The West Home, 807 W. 13th St.
The Wests purchased this 1940’s bungalow in 2012, moved in, and got to know the house before embarking on expansion. The charm of the Heights bungalow evoked sweet memories of Harvey’s childhood in Central Texas. The 1,100 original footprint was expanded to 2,300, thoughtfully maintaining a one-story structure and much of the original floorplan. Architectural details such as the standing seam metal roof, custom stain glass gable windows, and rainwater collection tanks are some of the charming curb appeal details of the home.
Home Tour Tickets
Advanced tickets are $20, through Thursday, April 4th. Ticket includes a tour of 5 beautiful homes and shuttle service to the homes. Tickets will be available from Houston Heights retailors Buchanan’s Native Plants at 611 East 11th Street, Jubilee at 325 West 19th Street and Noted at 1901 Lawrence St. Tickets will also be available on-line at www.houstonheights.org. Tickets purchased on-line will be available for pick-up at the Houston Heights Fire Station at 107 W. 12th St. (at the corner of Yale) on both days of the tour. Visit the association’s website for more information. Tickets purchased on the days of the tour are $25 and will be available at the Houston Heights Fire Station and all the pre-sale ticket locations. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the individual homes. Shuttle buses will be available at the Fire Station to take tour-goers to the homes. For more information please visit www.houstonheights.org
Accommodations will be made for those who wish to ride their bicycles from home to home. Bicycle racks will be available at each home, and a “bicycle valet” will be on hand to assist with parking and securing bikes while the home is being toured.