In 1916, a fourplex was built at 805 Heights Blvd. Today, the house has been historically preserved to a single-family home and Rod Anderson and Stephanie Horeis will be opening their doors as a featured home for the 2017 Spring Home and Garden Tour: Heights’ Hidden Beauties.
The couple has been in Houston for two and a half years, transplanting from Nebraska for Anderson’s work.
“He does a lot of traveling for work,” Heights neighbor Stephanie Horeis said. “That’s why the Heights is so important to us. Going to work is a 15 minute drive for him, and traveling to and from the airports is something he does frequently and we’re right in the middle.”
Before viewing their readyto-move-in home on Heights Boulevard, Horeis said the home needed a lot of work. So much work, at one point, you could see all the way from the top floor to the first floor ground looking down. The house had to be reengineered with stabilizing beams for the structure – beams that aren’t exactly appealing to the eye.
The builders’ savvy design turned into a unique feature for the living and dining area ceiling to see this weekend.
The house has been standing for 100 years, and if there’s a couple of adjectives to describe the 805 Heights Blvd. home, Horeis said she thinks of safety – for the home’s sturdy bones; friendly – for the inviting front porch; and private – for the spacious backyard.
Beyond finding a beautiful restored home, Horeis said they found horseshoes and rail road spikes in the backyard that show neighborhood roots. Upon a later discovery, a row of original windows were also found on the North end of the home – an element the builders could not take out due to preservation guidelines and something that is not visible from inside the home.
When it came to choosing the Heights Boulevard home, cochairs John and Jihye Deveau said they sent out a batch of letters to homes they admired.
“One of them was the Anderson/Horeis Home, which is located on Heights Blvd. and was a block away from where we had lived previously,” Jihye Deveau said.
“We had seen this house before and after a very nicely done restoration and knew that their beautifully decorated eclectic craftsman home would be perfect for the tour.”
Jihye Deveau said the restoration of this featured home kept many of the historical elements, transforming from an abandoned eyesore to being a house that is sure to be “an eyecatcher.”
Living in the Heights is appealing to both Anderson and Horeis, with a lifestyle that is walking distance from their home, and both are excited to share their piece of history with the neighborhood.
The Heights Home Tour kicks off this weekend on April 8 and 9, featuring six homes: The Sawyer Home on Allston Street; The Ogier Home on Ralfallen Street; The Niemczak Home on Columbia Street; The Hammonds Home on Cortlandt Street; The Zanone Home on Harvard Street; The Anderson/ Horeis Home on Heights Boulevard.
The historic Heights city hall and fire station is the home and garden headquarters, and starting point for the tour. Visit houstonheights.org for more info.