Amy Lynch Kolflat said she specializes in selling places that are “historic and quirky and artistic.”
The Houston Realtor has never had a sale as special as the one that closed Tuesday.
Kolflat, the listing agent for the historic Victorian mansion at 1802 Harvard St., said it sold to a Heights family for $1.75 million. The five-bedroom, four-story home built in 1892 was owned by the estate of Bart Truxillo, the trailblazing preservationist who lived there from the 1970s until his death nearly two years ago.
“It’s so iconic, and iconic is a word that’s overused,” Kolflat said. “But it’s appropriately used when referring to this house.”
Kolflat, a close friend of Truxillo’s who has handled all the properties in his estate, said his former home was on the market for 146 days. She declined to name the buyer but said it is a family with children that plans to renovate the property and use it as a residence.
The house is a City of Houston landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“I have full faith in the new owners making it a beautiful showplace and bringing the house to life to continue it on for another 100 years,” Kolflat said. “They are the perfect buyers for the property. … Everybody’s going to love them.”
Kolflat said the sale included the 3,719 square foot mansion as well as a carriage house and guest house, the latter of which was built by Truxillo. The corner lot also includes the plat at 1806 Harvard St. and measures a total of 21,120 square feet.
Although the property had been on the market since August, Kolflat said its sale was nearly two years in the making. Truxillo, a founding member of what is now Preservation Houston, died in April 2017 at age 74.
“It’s no longer the property of the estate, which is a big deal,” Kolflat said. “It’s been a long time, and it’s so bittersweet. It’s wonderful. I’m very happy for that house and happy for the new buyers.”