2018 Woodland Heights Home Tour Starts This Friday! / by Michael Graves

The neighborhood’s largest fundraiser, its biannual home tour, will be held March 23-25. This year, a total of eight historic homes, including three “teardown turnaround” specials, will open their doors to visitors.

1 - 205 Bayland: Built by Woodland Heights founder William Wilson for his own family, this 6,363-square-foot prairie style home has been lovingly restored as a neighborhood showplace. The most recent update, completed in 2017, refreshed the interior with a modern aesthetic.

2 - 3302 Beauchamp: One of the early William Wilson homes, this beauty once housed rental units in the attic. Current owners have undertaken two renovations. The latest expanded the kitchen and created a new master suite.  The backyard now houses a beautiful pool area with its own kitchen, laundry and bath facilities.

3 - 1132 East 7th Street:  This charming brick bungalow packs a lot into 1,200 square feet, plus attic conversion, to function well for a family of five. The 1935 house welcomes visitors with white shiplap walls and stained ceilings, original doors converted to sliders, bold wallpaper and eclectic antiques.

4 - 500 Teetshorn:  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.

5 - 711 Woodland:  This historic district 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 and concrete floors in the mudroom/laundry area.

Teardown Turnarounds:

6 - 3005 Houston:  Another original William 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.  Enjoy the eclectic antique collections showcased throughout the home. 

7 - 601 Woodland:  Originally 1,200 square feet, this home had been much neglected before new owners saw its potential, restoring the home, adding a two-story space to the back and creating an inviting landscape for outdoor living. Making creative use of space, custom touches include a dedicated pet room for dog rescues and a wine room tucked under the stairs.

8 - 714 Woodland:  Another potential teardown, the owners loved the home’s history and wide front porch, working to bring it back to life and restore it to single-family living. Check out the Brazilian antique doors guarding kitchen recesses and the original multi-paned windows throughout.

Preview Party

“Can we fix it?” Bob asks. His helpers reply, “Yes, we can!” 

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In salute to our teardown turnaround homes saved from the bulldozers, this year’s home tour preview party features a “Bob the Builder” theme. Don your best construction apparel (sequined tool belts, anyone?) and party at Janeen Cook’s historic William Wilson home at 530 Byrne on Friday night, March 23rd. 

The event will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres donated by local restaurants, wine and beer, and dancing to Zenteno Spirit’s Latin jazz. All ticket holders are eligible for the door prize drawing, a wine tasting for 10 generously donated by Kagan Cellars. Raffle items include Astros tickets, a weekend getaway, “Raid the Cellar” (remaining wine and beer) and many more prizes. Space is limited so get your tickets early! 

Party-goers also get an advance peak at the tour homes, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with wine and cheese at each stop. Home tour tickets are valid all weekend.

Avoid the Lines!

New this year is a Friday night preview home tour-only ticket for $50. This allows you to tour and enjoy wine and cheese at each of the eight homes, but doesn’t include the party. Great for busy schedules! Note that while homeowners may be present at some of the homes, the Friday night preview is designed for viewing at your own pace without docents on hand to share insights as you go.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are still needed to serve as docents for the homes and cashiers at the ticket booth. A three-hour shift gets you a free home tour ticket! Plus it is a great way to meet new neighbors. To volunteer, please email limoss@comcast.net. Please indicate if you have a
preference for time slot and/or area (particular home or cashier), and we will try and accommodate.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The home tour committee is proud to report record-setting sponsor support for this year’s home tour and hopes to set a ticket-sales record as well, with our extra homes on offer. Many thanks to the generous neighborhood businesses who are underwriting this year’s tour and preview party. 

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Morningside Architects

Banner
Morningside Architects

Door Hanger
Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc.

Homes
Sara Black Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Anderson Properties
Kay Harden, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
Grogan Building Supply Co. and JELD-WEN Windows & Doors (2 homes)
Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc.
Yvonne Meyer, Karen Stowers, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, and Renovative Thinking
Melissa Kubala, Boulevard Realty, and The Modern Bungalow Co.
Mary Wassef, Circa Real Estate LLC & FW Heritage, LLC

Tickets
Boulevard Realty

Ticket Booth
Elizabeth Smith, The Mortgage Group

Brochure
Greenwood King Properties, Brigette Larson & Caroline Schlemmer
Bodensteiner Service Inc.
Four Square Design Studio
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
Master Car Care & Collison
Nick’s Plumbing & Sewer Service Inc.
Linda Hulsey & Steve Ciapi, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

Floral
Athas Florist
Darlene’s Flower and Gift Shop
Gaye Jackson’s Flowers in the Heights
J.A. Polito III and Scherry Lindley
Kroger on Studemont
Nuvo Builders
Picked Flower Co.

Friends of Woodland Heights
Jane & Steve Ista
Nuvo Builders

In-Kind
BlueTileProject.com
Crowley Signs & Graphics
LP Printing
Pennebaker

‘Bob the Builder’ Preview Party
Special thanks to Janeen Cook

General Contractors
Mary & Nelson Curl
Greystar
Montalbano Lumber

Subcontractors
The Contemporary Craftsman
Gina Lesch
McIntyre + Robinowitz Architects PLLC
Semmler Pollard Properties

Vendors
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Deborah Markey
Ista Construction
Hogg Middle School, Kati Ozanic’s class

Suppliers
Alexander Valley, Arnold Gilberg
Alice Blue
Andy's Home Café
B B's
Becker Vineyards
Bellagreen
Roland Chavez
DaCapo’s Pastry Café
Fusion Taco
Ginger & Fork
Good Dog
Hughie's Heights
Kroger on Studemont
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Los Pinos Wines
French’s Gourmet Bakery
Pinkerton’s BBQ
Red Dive Dessert
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant, Heights
Peggy Sparks, Realtor, Semmler Pollard Properties
Sprouts Farmers Market
Town in City Brewing

Door Prize
Emily Trout & Mark Ellenberger, Kagan Cellars

Raffle
Berryhill Baja Grill
Bojangles Music School
Buchanan's Native Plants
CAMBRIA
C&D Hardware
Citizen Pilates
Eclectic Home
Gridiron Cookers
Joshua's Native Plants & Garden
Lin Chong
Mila Nelson, Satori Salon
Natran, LLC
Polish Parker and Roe
Richard Hall
Tacos a Go-Go


Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc.

Homes
Sara Black Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Anderson Properties
Kay Harden, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
Grogan Building Supply Co. and JELD-WEN Windows & Doors (2 homes)
Lucas Craftsmanship, Inc.
Yvonne Meyer, Karen Stowers, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, and Renovative Thinking
Melissa Kubala, Boulevard Realty, and The Modern Bungalow Co.
Mary Wassef, Circa Real Estate LLC & FW Heritage, LLC

Tickets
Boulevard Realty

Ticket Booth
Elizabeth Smith, The Mortgage Group

Brochure
Greenwood King Properties, Brigette Larson & Caroline Schlemmer
Bodensteiner Service Inc.
Four Square Design Studio
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
Master Car Care & Collison
Nick’s Plumbing & Sewer Service Inc.
Linda Hulsey & Steve Ciapi, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

Floral
Athas Florist
Darlene’s Flower and Gift Shop
Gaye Jackson’s Flowers in the Heights
J.A. Polito III and Scherry Lindley
Kroger on Studemont
Nuvo Builders
Picked Flower Co.

Friends of Woodland Heights
Jane & Steve Ista
Nuvo Builders

In-Kind
BlueTileProject.com
Crowley Signs & Graphics
LP Printing
Pennebaker

‘Bob the Builder’ Preview Party
Special thanks to Janeen Cook

General Contractors
Mary & Nelson Curl
Greystar
Montalbano Lumber

Subcontractors
The Contemporary Craftsman
Gina Lesch
McIntyre + Robinowitz Architects PLLC
Semmler Pollard Properties

Vendors
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Deborah Markey
Ista Construction
Hogg Middle School, Kati Ozanic’s class

Suppliers
Alexander Valley, Arnold Gilberg
Alice Blue
Andy's Home Café
B B's
Becker Vineyards
Bellagreen
Roland Chavez
DaCapo’s Pastry Café
Fusion Taco
Ginger & Fork
Good Dog
Hughie's Heights
Kroger on Studemont
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Los Pinos Wines
French’s Gourmet Bakery
Pinkerton’s BBQ
Red Dive Dessert
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant, Heights
Peggy Sparks, Realtor, Semmler Pollard Properties
Sprouts Farmers Market
Town in City Brewing

Door Prize
Emily Trout & Mark Ellenberger, Kagan Cellars

Raffle
Berryhill Baja Grill
Bojangles Music School
Buchanan's Native Plants
CAMBRIA
C&D Hardware
Citizen Pilates
Eclectic Home
Gridiron Cookers
Joshua's Native Plants & Garden
Lin Chong
Mila Nelson, Satori Salon
Natran, LLC
Polish Parker and Roe
Richard Hall
Tacos a Go-Go