The Heights has a reputation for its eclectic style, and one of the area’s annual showcases displaying that is right around the corner.
Kicking off with the Candlelight Dinner & Auction on Friday, the weekend-long Heights Home and Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Joann Alanis will chair this year’s event, while Lynn Ellis will chair the Candlelight Dinner.
The tour will feature five residences ranging from historic to newly built, and homes will be open to tour-goers from noon-6 p.m. on both days of the event.
“We like to pick different styles, whether it be a new construction or restoration,” Alanis said.
This year’s tour will feature the Seeburger home at 734 Arlington St., the John home at 1539 Rutland St., the Netherland home at 1238 Waverly St., the Wolfshohl home at 1427 Waverly St. and the West home at 807 W. 13th St.
Ranging from a 1920s bungalow that was remodeled in 2010 to a 1940s bungalow and more modern architecture, Alanis said each home represents the spirit of the Heights.
“There’s just a lot of uniqueness about the styles of houses in this neighborhood that draws crowds,” Alanis said.
According to Alanis, more than 800 tour-goers visited each home on last year’s tour over the course of the weekend – some returners who have become tour regulars and some experiencing the Heights’ personality for the first time. She said the committee expects at least 1,000 to visit each home this year.
“They know how eclectic the neighborhood is and all the different styles of homes we have here,” Alanis said. “We have bungalows, then just down the road we’ll have a new construction. I think that when people come to the neighborhood, they do expect to see that bungalow, but they know that when they go inside or look at the gardens, they’re going to see something completely different.”
Accommodations will be made for those who wish to ride their bicycles from home to home, with bike racks will be available at each home, complete with a “bicycle valet” on hand to assist with parking and securing bikes while homes are toured. Tour-goers will also have the option to park at the Houston Heights Fire Station at 107 W. 12th St. and take a shuttle to each home.
Advance tickets for the tour are available for $20 online at the organization’s website. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at the fire station on both days of the tour. Tickets purchased on the days of the tour are $25 and will be available at the fire station and all the pre-sale ticket locations.
“They’ll go have brunch on 19th Street and just make a day of it,” Alanis said. “The neighborhood itself draws in so many people from all over Houston, just because of the reputation the Heights has.”
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