Home Tour Recap / by Mark Sternfels

The 2016 Woodland Heights Home Tour was a resounding success, despite less-than-ideal weather, raising more than $31,000 for the neighborhood and showcasing our “hometown near downtown” to our fellow Houstonians. 

Many thanks to the homeowners who graciously opened their homes to the approximately 700 tour goers. The tour featured a wonderful mix of sizes and styles of historic homes, each thoughtfully updated for modern living in line with our “Reinventing for Today” theme. 

Much fun was also had at the preview party, “Premiere Night on Byrne: Boas and Beads,” including the wonderful music, amazing decorations, delicious food and fun 1920s Hollywood-glam costumes worn by many of the attendees.

The home tour co-chairs would also like to extend our thanks to:

  • Our wonderful committee chairs and committee members who donated many hours over almost a year.
  • The approximately 130 volunteers serving as docents and ticket sales tour weekend.
  • Our sponsors who contributed $16,000 to support the neighborhood.  
  • Our in-kind sponsors, from designers and photographers donating their talents to vendors providing at or below-cost services. 
  • Our local restaurants, grocery stores, and caterers who provided an abundance of food and drink for our preview party as well as to the raffle donors. A first time for us, the raffle raised $1,000. 
  • Janeen Cook to whom we can’t thank sufficiently for opening up her lovely home for the 3rd time for the preview party.
  • Our local florists who provided awesome arrangements for the homes.
  • The 11 merchants who willingly agreed to sell
  • Last, but not least, the neighborhood’s support by purchasing tickets to view the homes. The event also was a chance to showcase Woodland Heights across Houston. Tour goers came from across the metroplex including League City, Katy, Bellaire, Cypress, and The Woodlands.

Please review the full list of generous home tour sponsors who contributed money and in-kind donations. They were absolutely vital for our success. Over the next months, you’ll also see ads showcasing some of these sponsors on the website and in the newsletter. We hope that you will patronize these neighborhood supporters when you have the opportunity.

We still have a few outstanding expenses, but the net proceeds from the preview party and home tour topped $31,000 – a new record for our home tour. The money is expected to be used primarily for beautification – making our “hometown near downtown” even more desirable. The WHCA board will share more details as projects mature.

Please visit our Home Tour page to view a list of our generous sponsors.

Guests at the 2016 WHCA Home Tour Preview Party.

Guests at the 2016 WHCA Home Tour Preview Party.